By Don Broco
The wait was a long one for Don Broco fans for their new album Priorities, which was released on 13th August this summer. The Bedford quartet, formed in 2008 and consisting of Rob Damiani (vocals) Simon Delaney (guitar), Tom Doyle (bass) and Matt Donnelly (drums) have already impressed me previously with a brilliant performance at Slam Dunk Festival back in May so I was looking forward to getting to hear this album for the first time.
The follow-up to their debut mini-album Big Fat Smile took a year and a half to reach our ears and I honestly didn't think I'd all that impressed after the brilliance that was their first single 'Beautiful Morning', I really didn't think they could top that but they have. I am pleased to say there's not a single dull moment on this album, though I'll admit it took me a careful listen. A little advice - listen loud.
Priorities is filled with belting choruses from frontman Rob Damiani. He has a truly unique voice which is rich with emotion and completely captivating throughout. The title track, released earlier this year as a single, is unforgettable - full of frustration about a friend clearly forgetting the 'bros before hoes' rule, expressed in an anthemic way. You may notice a general theme surrounding the album but don't worry, it's not your classic boy loves girl/heartbreak etc. What makes Don Broco's lyrics stand out is that they're relatable.
My favourites have to be 'Whole Truth' and 'Fancy Dress' which are fuelled by intricate riffs from guitarist Chris Delaney but other highlights include of course, the title track 'Priorities' and single 'Actors' which came with their own videos earlier in the year, and the smooth, melodic 'You Got It Girl'.
Overall, a fantastic album. The band are touring with Lower Than Atlantis later this year, I'm sure the new material will be just as brilliant live as their old stuff.