On a basement wall in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY sits a vibrant mural of photographs, magazine clippings, and fabrics all linked together with varying lengths of colorful string. This amalgamation of seemingly unrelated subjects is just one example of the eclectic art local indie-rock band Brother Keep has been leaving in its wake.
The collage on the basement wall ultimately became the album art for Brother Keep’s debut full-length, Patchwork Walls. Their unique blend of calculated indie-rock could sit comfortably on a shelf next to the cathartic lyrics of Death Cab for Cutie, the quiet-loud intensity of Brand New, or the anthemic fervor of Manchester Orchestra.
Patchwork Walls is an apt way to describe the gamut of emotions that the album spans and the year’s worth of non-stop work that went into crafting the 11-song LP. The anxious pulse of Anything, Anymore is juxtaposed against the climactic apex of Summit and the beautiful, acoustic-tinged title track Patchwork Walls.
Consisting of four veterans of the Northeastern music scene (with the exception of one 16-year-old rhythmic virtuoso), the members of Brother Keep have been a vital part of the Buffalo underground for half a decade. Their regard for the creation of local art pushed them to self-record Patchwork Walls, along with audio engineer Brian Russo, at home in their attic. The members of Brother Keep also value a DIY approach and design, create, and produce all of their own artwork and merchandise.
Band MembersNick Sessanna