This past Wednesday I was introduced by my good friend Sheamus to a remarkable group of guys called The Como Brothers Band. Based out in eastern Long Island in a town called Mt. Sinai, these guys have definitely made a name for themselves both in and out of the New York area, playing over 30 gigs alone in 2012. They consist of Andrew on guitar and vocals and Matt on bass and vocals. I sat down Matt over the weekend to discuss many facets of their career, from being picked for this past year’s Battle Of The Bands to many other attributes in their steadily increasing career. Here is part one.
How old were you when you decided you wanted to be a musician?
Andrew and I grew up always loving music. We were introduced to music by my Dad and our uncles who played in bands when they were younger. Andrew started playing guitar at a young age in elementary school and even when I was a kid I always dabbled with piano and drums before finding my love for the bass and guitar. Growing up Andrew and I always played out at bars locally. We always dreamed of playing in front of thousands of people who loved our music, but it wasn’t until the end of 2010/early 2011 that we decided to get organized and pursue music as a legitimate career.
Who are some of your musical influences?
We are influenced by the blues and a variety of pop music. Growing up we loved to listen to The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Freddy King, and Jimi Hendrix. The musicianship Blues artists have is something we strive for with every song we make.
Describe your sound for me.
Our sound is based on our songwriting. As instrumentalists and musicians we want our songs to be appealing to as many people as possible while at the same time keeping the integrity and originality of the song(s) intact.
Describe your style. Is there anyone you emulate?
Of course our musical influences carry over and can be heard in our songwriting and music but more than anything we are really trying to be ourselves. I think it’s important for us to relay that we believe we have something distinct and original to offer to music fans.
Think of music as a crowded parking lot of different sounds. We are just trying to find our own parking spot — and we want a good spot at the front of the parking lot.
How did you find Kayla Stockert for “Castles In The Sand?
Kayla actually contacted us after participating in the same showcase for Sony Music. She had just started writing songs and knew that Andrew and I were songwriters that might be able to help her. After I heard her voice it was easy to say yes to work with her on an EP — her voice is so unique and cool. So we wrote a song called “Don’t Go Messing With My Heart” with her and then we wrote two songs for her called “What They Say” and “Your Love.” The EP was released in October and is now on iTunes.
What significant differences are there between “Castles In The Sand” and “The Speed Of Sound”?
“The Speed of Sound” is and introduction to what we are able to do. It is full of energy. “Castles In The Sand” was cool because it is the first time we wrote songs for another artist. It gave us a lot of freedom to create songs outside of our own vocal range, which was a really fun experience. We are definitely open to writing songs for other artists and I think “Castles In The Sand” proved to us that we can do it and do it well.
How was the the process in getting picked for “The Warped Tour”?
We stayed on the grind with The Battle Of The Bands competition for the spot at the Nassau Coliseum edition of Warped Tour back in late July. We got thousands of votes for several different reasons, due to our own promotion online, other bands promoting us and so much more. The momentum continued and were chosen to perform. A really great moment for us and our career for sure.
Something that I admire and respect with these guys is their tenacity, drive and determination. It is hard out in Long Island to get attention and these guys have proven that and then some. Check back in here next week for part two where we discuss how they got one of their songs chosen on “The Real World” and so much more. Check out the links below for more info on them including upcoming album releases, bios and their amazing music (“You Are My World” is my favorite).