- The Brobecks
The Brobecks Background information Origin Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. Genres Alternative punk Years active 2002–present Associated acts Panic! at the Disco Website www.myspace.com/brobecks Members Dallon Weekes
The Brobecks is an American indie rock band, and a project of singer/songwriter Dallon Weekes. The band is unsigned and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California. The band's sound uses a wide variety of instrumentation and attributes its influences to artists such as George Gershwin, The Beatles, and Elvis Costello. Referred to by some as "19th Century Indie pop", Weekes has received critical acclaim from both Spin and URB magazine, but remains widely unknown. Weekes is the only permanent member, enlisting the help of friends to play during a live set. Weekes also performs regularly as bassist for multi-platinum act Panic! At The Disco.
Band name origin
Taken from The bands LiveJournal:
The name 'Brobecks' is an homage to the unpopular. Growing up, there was a particular student at school (Lets call him/her 'X' Brobeck.) who, every morning was called to the administrative office over the loudspeakers. Never mind the reason, but this went on for years. For all anyone knew this person didn't even exist. That was a romantic idea to me, and to a degree I had always identified with that. An anonymous person being in a crowd, but not really a part of it.
The band began as a weekend hobby for Dallon Weekes shortly after he returned to Utah after living in Oklahoma for two years as a Mormon missionary. The group's name was inspired by a person from Dallon's school days. The original line-up consisted of Weekes, photographer/producer Matt Glass and another friend from high school. After a few years of recording basement demos, touring and line-up changes, the band was offered a contract from an imprint of Drive-Thru Records, and Weekes was offered solo record contracts by Sony BMG, Interscope Records, and a smaller indie label if he would drop his band mates. Weekes declined.
Shortly after, The Brobecks received Salt Lake City's local "City Weekly" award for 2008 Indie Pop Band of the Year, repeating their win of the year before (2007). In 2008, the single "Second Boys Will Be First Choice" was added to the daily rotation of Salt Lake City radio station X96, something which had never been done with an unsigned act in the station's 20-plus-year history. The song rose immediately to the station's top ten daily songs. Within two days of the addition, the song hit #1 on on the daily top songs list, where it stayed for 13 consecutive days. It stayed in the top 10 for several weeks, and frequented the number one spot several times more. The song was also put into rotation at PacSun stores across the nation.
In May 2009 Violent Things was released exclusively on iTunes. The album was produced by Casey Crescenzo of the band The Dear Hunter and features Darren Robinson of Phantom Planet on guitar. The drums on the record were performed by frequent Brobecks drummer Drew Davidson. Prior to the albums release, the songs "Love at First Sight", and "Second Boys Will Be First Choice" appeared on X96's Top Ten daily songs list. With "Second Boys" reaching number one on the station, and staying there for several weeks. Despite this, the band still remains independent and unsigned. In September 2010, Dallon posted a free online download of "Skid Row", a song from the film/play Little Shop of Horrors, featuring Brendon Urie and Ian Crawford. The song can be found at: DoesItHaveToBeHuman.com.
Since 2009, Weekes has provided bass, synthesizer and back-up vocals for Panic! at the Disco. In a January 2011 issue of Alternative Press Magazine, an article published on Panic!'s new album named Weekes as a likely candidate for permanent membership in the band.
- Understanding The Brobecks (2003)
- Happiest Nuclear Winter (2005)
- Goodnight and Have a Pleasant Tomorrow (2006)
- Small Cuts EP (2008)
- Violent Things (2009)
- Your Mother Should Know EP #1 (2010)
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