L to R: Sarah Dion (drums/vox), Lisandre Bourdages (percussion/vox), Kathryn McCaughey (bass/lead vox), Karolane Carbonneau (lead guitar/vox)
NOBRO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “JULIA” VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS — STREAM + PURCHASE HERE
Montreal’s fierce rock quartet NOBRO unveil a new single titled “Julia“today via Dine Alone Records.
“The song almost wrote itself,” vocalist and bassist Kathryn McCaughey explains. “The ‘Julia-ya ya’ hook had been in my head for a couple days, and with the help of our producer Thom D’Arcy, we put together enough of a demo to make the song make sense. But the real magic happened when we went to record it. We couldn’t decide on a speed at first because our normal ‘shred your face off’ pace was not the vibe. But then we decided it was OK to live life mid-tempo. And voilà, the song was born.”
“Julia” follows “Better Each Day,” mixed by two-time Grammy Award winning engineer Dave Schiffman (Vampire Weekend, Adele). The anthemic track kicks off with the powerful set of vocals, “I spent my whole life running away…,” before culminating into the pounding drums, shredding riffs and blistering vocals that NOBRO have become known for. The official video is directed and produced by Jeremy Shantz, Jenn Wade and Daniel Esteban, and shot in the band’s hometown of Montreal.
Inspired by the likes of Jay Reatard, The Damned, and Royal Trux to name a few, NOBRO are unafraid to wear their influences on their sleeve. They cut their teeth on the road with bands like PUP, FIDLAR and Charly Bliss, and played their biggest venues to date on an arena tour with Alexisonfire and The Distillers. This past November, NOBRO joined Tokyo Police Club in the U.S. for select tour dates. Next, in 2022, they’re touring with Billy Talent for 10 dates across Canada. Also joining the Billy Talent tour is PUP, who have just released a new single “Waiting,” featuring Kathryn McCaughey’s vocals. Tickets are available HERE.
Featuring McCaughey’s confident, cocky yell and blistering bass lines, Sarah Dion’s signature backbone drums, (McCaughey claims drummer Sarah Dion will “go down in history as one of the best drummers in the entire world”), killer riffs from guitarist Karolane Carbonneau, and sweeping keyboard licks and bongo solos from master of percussion Lisandre Bourdages, NOBRO have become a rock and roll force to be reckoned with.
“I wanted to play this type of music but there wasn’t a lot of women who wanted to play it. I wanted to be in the most kick-ass all-female band ever,” says McCaughey. Resilient and tough, NOBRO are aware that they will face skepticism as part of the omnipresent sexism in the scene they inhabit, but that only spurs them on. “We said we would do it one way, and so we made sure that we were always doing it that way,” she continues.
McCaughey founded the band almost as a challenge to herself when the aftermath of a relationship with a prominent Montreal musician made her determined to be “more than just a footnote on this person’s Wikipedia page.” She realized she possessed all the tools to express herself in her own voice and to shape her own destiny. All that was needed were fellow musicians who felt the same. As fate has it, they were all nearby shaping their own destiny, mastering their instruments, ready to shred as hard as they could, and were ignited when they found each other.
With co-writes with members of METZ and Fast Friends under their belts, as well as an EP titled Sick Hustle released in 2020 on Dine Alone Records, NOBRO are well on their way to achieving their goal. Their music video for “Don’t Die,”animated by Greg Doble, amassed a number of accolades including:Best Short Animation at Monster Flix Awards, Best Music Video at Hollywood Horror Fest, Best Music Video at Another Hole In The Head, Best Horror Music Video at Horror Bowl Movie Awards, Silver Award at Los Angeles Animation Film Festival, and Honorable Mention at Santiago Horror.
Inspired by the likes of Jay Reatard, The Damned, and Royal Trux to name a few, NOBRO are unafraid to wear their influences on their sleeve. They cut their teeth on the road with bands like FIDLAR, PUP, and Charly Bliss, and more recently played their biggest venues to date on an arena tour with Alexisonfire and The Distillers.
Call them punk rock if you like, but its long-held perceptions are just some of the things NOBRO are here to challenge — in the loudest and most exciting way possible.
PRESS PRAISE FOR NOBRO:
“Make no mistake, NOBRO will not remain an opening act for long” —SiriusXM
“…filled with enough excellent shredding to sell even the toughest punk snob on this band…currently one of Canada’s most incredible punk bands…” —Exclaim!
“Queens of key changes and anthemic choruses, NOBRO are cementing their place in rock ‘n’ roll history with unapologetic badassery and high octane tunes” —Punktastic
“From the first riff of their electric guitar, Montreal punk rock group NOBRO will have listeners feeling ready to dye their hair Manic Pink and stomp angrily down the street in a pair of Doc Martens.” —McGill Tribune
“Big like ’70s radio hits, dirty like garage rock, and driven like ’90s punk…the kind of shit you want on in the background as you walk into the bar dressed to kill.” —Kerrang!
“NOBRO’s show is a whirlwind of thrashing hair, gritty guitar solos and shrieking Suzi Quatro-esque vocals…” —The Projector