Sibling duo Broods debuted in the post-Lorde 2010s with a dark electronic pop sound that helped boost their first album, the chart-topping Evergreen, to international attention upon the strength of the platinum-certified single "Mother & Father." Expanding their sound on the 2016 follow-up Conscious, they swept that year's New Zealand Music Awards, winning Album of the Year, Best Group, and more.
Comprising vocalist Georgia Nott and her elder multi-instrumentalist brother, Caleb Nott, the pair grew up surrounded by music, having played together since they were children. They were in the Peasants, a band that won a competition for intermediate (junior high) and high school musical acts in 2011. After the Peasants broke up, the siblings formed Broods and connected with producer Joel Little, who had served as a judge during the contest. In October 2013, months after Little gained recognition for his work with another Auckland native, Lorde, Broods uploaded "Bridges" to their SoundCloud page and subsequently signed major-label contracts for various territories. The following January, "Bridges" was released commercially and reached the Top Ten in New Zealand.
A self-titled six-track EP co-written by the Notts and Little, and produced by Little, was issued at the end of the month. In New Zealand, the moody set debuted at number two, just beneath Lorde's Pure Heroine. Released in the U.S. the following month — less than a week after Lorde's "Royals" won a Grammy for Song of the Year — Broods debuted at number 164 on the Billboard 200. Their debut album, Evergreen, arrived in September 2014, topped the New Zealand chart, and reached number 45 in the U.S.
In April 2016, the duo and Little returned with "Free," the first single from their sophomore album. Their second New Zealand chart-topper, Conscious, arrived in the summer of 2016 and featured the Lorde-penned "Heartlines" and a collaboration with Tove Lo. After dominating the 2016 New Zealand Music Awards, they joined international tours with Two Door Cinema Club and Tove Lo. Before the arrival of album three, Broods joined Flight Facilities for "Stranded," and Whethan on "Be Like You." In 2018, they issued the singles "Peach" and "Everything Goes (Wow)." Both tracks were featured on their third LP, Don't Feed the Pop Monster, which arrived in February 2019. The duo promoted the effort with an international tour that began in London. ~ Andy Kellman