PREVIEW: Broods and Erik Hassle at Visulite Theatre

By David Z. Cox

March 12, 2015

Charlotte’s status as a sort of mid-major city affords the music lovers here with a unique blend of offerings. The Queen City is home to large venues that attract pop powerhouses, but smaller clubs like the Visulite Theatre host both local up-and-comers and international acts alike. Particularly exciting amongst a solidly eclectic March calendar at The Visulite is the penultimate show of the month featuring New Zealand synth-pop duo Broods, who perform on the 28th.

Since releasing their hit “Bridges” on SoundCloud in 2013, siblings Caleb and Georgia Nott have drawn plenty of inevitable comparisons to fellow Kiwi Lorde, but they certainly seem to take them in stride as they make their own name. Sporting a massive online following and a deal with Capitol Records, they’re doing just that. Although very young–singer Georgia Nott won’t even be able to legally drink on this tour–the brother and sister have burst in on the scene with the maturity of more seasoned artists. Riding the growing success of their debut LP, Evergreen, and a sold-out tour supporting Sam Smith, Broods is headlining in Charlotte for the first time already primed to dazzle.

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Broods’ lush electronic production, performed live by Caleb and aided in the studio by Pure Heroine producer Joel Little, is sure to keep the crowd gyrating enthusiastically all night. Wary fans wondering if the Notts are merely button-pushers needn’t worry. A quick scan of YouTube reveals that these two hold their own even when stripped down to only acoustic guitar or piano. Whatever the instrumentation, the songwriting chops are undeniable, from the Chvrches-esque soaring hooks to the often syncopated, beautifully disjointed grooves. Atop it all are Georgia Nott’s ethereal vocals, infusing the bubblegum revelry with a slightly haunting melancholy. While Broods isn’t really breaking new ground, they belong stacked up against their genre brethren. 

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Opening up the show is Swedish artist Erik Hassle, who has written for the likes of Shakira and Rihanna while developing his solo career. Hassle has a different vibe than Broods, favoring R&B and soul, and exhibiting shades of The Weeknd on his 2014 EP Somebody’s Party. Differences aside he promises to be a complementary addition to the bill, especially for fans who want to dance.

You can pre-order tickets for Broods and Erik Hassle here, and you may want to jump on it quickly. Judging from the band’s resume and quickly rising popularity, it’s likely their next performance in town won’t be at a venue nearly as intimate as The Visulite. In the meantime, check out this interview with the charming pair and start getting the pop gems of Evergreen stuck in your head, if they’re not already, that is.

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