by Sherrill Fulghum
The London based quartet known as Brothermandude shows that people from opposite sides of the world with different cultures can come together and not only get along, but make music. Brothermandude formed in 1999 in Tampa, Florida. Bahrain born lead singer Shake is the only surviving member from the original group. Drummer Ian Markim was born in Guyana - a small South American country north of Brazil on the Atlantic coast. Matt White and Russell Milton complete the foursome of rockers.
"Bmd" is Brothermandude's debut album. Each band member brings his vast musical experience of playing with the great and near great to the band. The result is a solidly built and polished rock band. But unlike many rock bands Brothrmandude's instruments do not drowned out Shake's vocals. The tenor slightly Sting sounding voice of this lead singer comes through loud and clear; which in itself is appealing.
Members of Brothermandude believe that it's the music that matters and not labels; as a result the band has produced an album of eleven tracks of music and leaves it to others to decide where it belongs. "Bmd" is definitely a rock album but just exactly where it belongs on the rock scale is something else - a little U2, a little Green Day, a little 3 Doors Down?
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