by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTO by PAULTERGE PHOTOGRAPHY
Back in 2013, Hertfordshire three-piece Brocker burst onto the scene with their debut album, ‘Out Of Order‘, and the positive response to that enabled them to play venues and festivals across the UK and much of continental Europe, as well as sets supporting the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Slaves, therefore resulting in an expansion of the band’s fan base.
Towards the end of last summer, the trio – who specialise in a sublime mix of fast-paced rock n’ roll and defiant lyrical content that is more influenced by punk – unveiled an eagerly-anticipated follow-up release, entitled ‘Shambolic‘, which has so far been well-received, which was a relief for the outfit, as there was a real danger during its recording process that the offering would never see the light of day.
“We recorded the album in 10 days in March 2017, but we didn’t release it until last August“, vocalist/guitarist Pako Mugica said to me recently, “This was because the producer we worked with took forever, and messed up the momentum we had going.”
However, Pako – along with his bandmates, brother Janchi (drummer) and friend Ky Wilkinson (bassist) – look back on the making of the latest album with much fondness. “It was the best experience we’ve ever had as a band, as we all had a really good time.”
Going to the Spanish city of Seville to put the release together, every morning during those 10 days, the collective would meet up in a bar near the Sputnik recording studios to have some breakfast, as well as a much-needed dose of “medicine“. “After breakfast, we would all have a big shot of anise, which really brought us up, and we would start our sessions feeling powerful, or something like that.”
Drinking anise would become a regular part of the three-piece’s daily routine while in Spain, which led to some rather humorous moments.
“It got to a point where one morning, Janchi had completely forgotten that he had done some backing vocals for one of the songs“, Pako recalls, “and one night, after we had finished our session for the day, we went out, came back to the studio at 4am, and actually recorded a live track called ‘Balls Deep‘.”
Pako says the collective have yet to get the mix from that, but he says himself and the other two band members are definitely going to ask for it at some point in the near future.
The main difference, stylistically, between ‘Shambolic‘ and ‘Out Of Order‘, Pako says, is that the latest album showcases a more mature, thought-provoking side to Brocker, which is a statement that a majority of critics and fans seem to be agreeing with at the moment, and the success of the release is something the three-piece are keen to capitalise on.
“We want to promote ‘Shambolic‘ as much as we can, we think it came out really well – we’re very proud of it – so we’re also putting ideas together for new singles, and you never know, we may release another album next year…”
‘SHAMBOLIC’ – THE SECOND ALBUM FROM BROCKER – IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND FURTHER INFO ON THIS – AND THE BAND – CAN BE FOUND HERE.