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Seattle, Washington, United States (1997 – 2007, 2014 – present)

The Blood Brothers are an American band formed in Seattle, Washington, United States on September 27, 1997, who officially announced their breakup in October 2007. Their music combined influences with an edge and abstract lyrics. Members were: Jordan Blilie (vocals), Johnny Whitney (vocals), and Morgan Henderson (bass), along with Waxwing’s Cody Votolato (guitar) and Mark Gajadhar (drums).

The band was considered unusual in that it had two dedicated lead vocalists. In addition to this, Cody and Morgan performed back-up vocals. Later albums (…Burn, Piano Island, Burn and especially Crimes) featured a degree of experimental instrumentation: Morgan often deviated from bass to add a second guitar or synthesiser, and also utilized a sampler. Johnny added piano/Wurlitzer to many more songs, a process which actually began on “Time for Tenderness” from This Adultery Is Ripe. He has claimed he always wanted to incorporate such instruments into the Blood Brothers’ sound, but only on signing with a major label prior to …Burn, Piano Island, Burn did he have the means to do this.

The band has been described as , , , and even and (see Alternative Press Issue from October 2005). In small circles discussions of the band related with the concept that they have influences from the punk scene of the 1980’s. The band made wide use of various punk/hardcore vocal styles (i.e. screaming) and instrumentation (i.e., fast drumming and plentiful power chords).

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  • MoogInRow

    and also some more Wolf Party

    29 Aug 2:46pm Reply
  • MoogInRow

    that setlist is great and all but it needs more Salesman Denver Max and Live At the Apocalypse Carabet

    29 Aug 2:07pm Reply
  • SarahIsPi

    Dang http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-blood-brothers/2014/showbox-seattle-wa-13ce0d29.html

    25 Aug 4:29pm Reply
  • sleepyforest

    AHSOAHSDKAJSDASHD

    24 Aug 2:35pm Reply
  • AndyOutbreak

    whoa-oh, I mailed a brick through your window today

    22 Aug 2:03am Reply
  • carmenthepuffin

    MARK MARRY ME

    13 Aug 3:22am Reply
  • forgetmenot

    HOLY FUCK WHATTT??!! I'VE JUST FOUND OUT BUT DANGIT I CAN'T GO TO ANY OF THEIR SHOWS. BUT WHATTTT? WHATTTT??!!! YESSSSSSS!!!!

    14 Jul 12:02pm Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    this is funny though: "Botch were the first band I saw where the singer screamed into a microphone, and I don’t find it too hyperbolic to say it changed my whole life trajectory. They were my introduction to hardcore (I won’t split hairs with all the different subgenres), and if you’re going to be influenced by a hardcore band, you might as well pick the one that’s smarter and better than everyone else. I remember my dad barging into my room while I was listening to this 7-inch, demanding why the singer couldn’t just sing, following his plea with an impression that was thoroughly embarrassing. I played my mom, an elementary school music teacher, their cover of Carl Orff”s “O Fortuna” because she organized an annual Carl Orff seminar every summer. She was horrified."

    12 Jul 12:42am Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    vvv ahhhh come on Jordan and Johnny, no love for Antioch Arrow? They totally jacked from things from records like In Love With Jetts and Gems of Masochism.

    12 Jul 12:41am Reply
  • Audiobinge

    http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/the_blood_brothers_jordan_blilie_and_johnny_whitney_on_the_records_that_sha

    2 Jul 11:12pm Reply
  • Emile1995

    Come to Europe already. [2]

    30 Jun 4:51pm Reply
  • greekthenick

    Come to Europe already.

    30 Jun 9:49am Reply
  • misturgrieves

    Now all I need is These Arms Are Snakes and Fugazi to reunite and I will be fucking peachy. [2]

    7 Jun 9:24pm Reply
  • maxjulien

    yeah yeah very good news.

    7 Jun 1:41pm Reply
  • blue-sky-noise

    Slowly booking more shows.....even though they kind of said no, still hoping for a new album

    4 Jun 2:44am Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    no new albums = :(

    28 May 3:33am Reply
  • RoadLord

    which reminds me that last year I finally bought Young Machetes and it's so pretty on my shelf :D :D

    26 May 8:25pm Reply
  • RoadLord

    ...or not, but this is SOME GOD DAMNED GREAT NEWS. I won't be seeing any of those shows but this made me all giddy and happy and I went and relistened to everything and fuck is this band the best or what

    26 May 8:24pm Reply
  • RoadLord

    AAAHHHH YES!! I KNEW IT! If you wish for a band to reunite on last.fm it comes true <3

    26 May 8:23pm Reply
  • Billargh

    "I can't believe it's been 7 years (well, 6 and a month or so) since these guys broke up, now is the time for a reunion." So I was only 4 months too early!

    22 May 12:28am Reply
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