The fusion of two brothers who record, mix and produce all their own original material, alternative rockers Broken Face have today released their debut single, 'Grow'.
Recorded at Ian Haug's Airlock Studios (just outside Brisbane), 'Grow' is the first slice of dark, chugging, alt-rock offered from Broken Face's self-titled EP that is due next month.
Steve and Horse Nichols have both been playing and touring (nationally and internationally) with bands for many years – Steve was drummer for Stone Chimp, while Horse was a vocalist for extreme metal band D-NINE.
The pair have now come together as Broken Face, with their debut EP the opportunity for them both to reflect on life with a collection of songs fans of Tool, Alice In Chains and Helmet can relate to.
Who is Broken Face... Broken Face is myself, Steve Nichols, and my brother Horse. We haven't been a band for very long as it started out as my solo project, but then I got Horse in to sing all the vocals. I play all the instruments. We have played in many bands over the years, toured Australia and the USA.
We sound like... '90's alternative rock. Influenced by bands like Soundgarden, Clutch, Alice In Chains and Helmet.
Our first gig was... Coming up in Brisbane in July.
When did you settle on the group's name, and was it a unanimous decision... We only settled on the name in December last year. We had a couple other ideas; they were all pretty lame though. Unanimous decision definitely.
In the studio we usually... Like to have a relaxed atmosphere, and be prepared to change ideas when it sounds better.
If we could tour with anyone... Black Sabbath.
Social media is... A double edged sword. Great for staying in touch with people. Not so great for mental health sometimes.
My favourite app at the moment is... YouTube. Love watching new music coming out.
To date, our most embarrassing moment was the time... Horse threw up on stage! That was actually a few times.
Life on the road can be... The best time of your life, and smelly, and the most tired you will ever be, especially if sharing a room with a snorer.
If you'll have us on your bill, all we ask is that our rider contains... Beer and water.
The most scary scenario we've found ourselves in, was... Playing in Oakland once in a dubious part of town and realising the big dog walking around was not someone's guide dog but in fact the venue security! Great gig though.
What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be spokesperson of the band... Beavis and Butthead. True metal heads.
Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party... Dave Grohl, cos he's awesome. Roger Waters, cos he's a legend. And Dave Gilmour, just so him and Roger could hopefully sort out their sh.t and we might get a Pink Floyd reunion one day.
If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? Definitely a bbq or pasta. Or Uber Eats. Cooking isn't one of my strengths.
No matter the expense, send me a case of... Chimay beer. Made by Trappist monks. Good stuff.
The last time I saw the inside of a gym was... When I walked past one on the way to get my pizza.
What's the one chore you dislike the most? Mowing my lawn. It just grows too quick.
Do you have any phobias... Brown snakes. I mean who isn't scared of those?
Would you ever partake in a reality show? 'The Amazing Race'. Touring with bands before would give us an advantage I think.
If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down? Well Horse and I used to work as concreters many years ago, and one Saturday Horse was a bit hungover at work and had to use the port-a-loo which was made out of corrugated iron.
I thought it would be hilarious to throw a giant rock at it to scare him while he was in there. It was! Although he didn't think so – 10/10 would def do that again! I still laugh when I think about it.