Viva Brother Announce Split

Viva Brother - Photo: Victor Frankowski
Viva Brother - Photo: Victor Frankowski

Viva Brother announced yesterday that they have split up. The band broke the news via their Official Twitter page shortly after 12pm on 1st April. Many fans had believed that the announcement was an April Fools hoax, but a spokesman for the band confirmed to NME that the statement was true.

Viva Brother wrote on Twitter:

“Thank you to everyone that has ever supported us or believed. It has been an unbelievable journey. This is us signing off. Goodbye.”

Shortly after, the band then wrote that they’d “leave you with one last song”, before posting a video link to a new song titled ‘I Don’t Want To Be Loved’. You can listen to the track by scrolling down the page and clicking.

The song’s lyrics might give fans an insight into the band’s emotions over recent months. The chorus appears to be the most revealing part, as Lee Newell sings “I don’t want to be loved, but I need to be loved” and “If I snooze the alarm, will anybody notice I’m gone?”.

The self-proclaimed ‘Gritpop’ band formed in 2010 and released their debut album, ‘Famous First Words’, in August last year and reached Number Thirty Four in the Official UK Albums Chart. Originally called Brother, the band were forced to change their name in June 2011 after losing a legal battle with an Australian Celtic band with the same moniker.


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