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What’s the first album you remember loving as a kid?

Narrow Stairs by Death Cab for Cutie was the first full album I remember truly loving and delving into from top to bottom. I remember singing along and trying to match the timbre of Ben Gibbard’s voice perfectly. It’s still one of my favorite albums of all time, and I still catch myself trying to sing like Ben Gibbard from time to time.

What as the first album you bought with your own money?

I remember being on a Jack Johnson kick in early high school and going to Walmart of all places to buy his “To the Sea” record on release day. I couldn’t find it on the shelf anywhere so I asked an employee about it. She went into the back and found the box, cut it open and pulled out the CD for me. That was kind of cool. The album was alright.

What was the first local band you were a fan of?

We didn’t get out to many shows growing up in Michigan, but after moving down South in 2013 we started going to shows all the time. The old Radio Room in Greenville, SC was THE spot back then (and still is at their new location). I remember randomly seeing SUSTO there in what I want to say was 2013 or 2014. None of us knew who they were at the time but we definitely knew who they were after leaving. They killed it and I bought their “Black Jesus” single on Bandcamp.

What’s the most recent album you bought or have been listening to lately?

Primus’ new album The Desaturated Seven is brilliant. It’s a concept album based on a children’s book about seven goblins attempting to steal the colors of the rainbow. I’ve been hooked on it since it came out. It’s a colorful and technical record with a killer production.

Growing up as brothers did you two have the same taste in music or were you into different things?

We had very similar tastes growing, but not always at the same time. We both are the same in the sense that when we find something we really like, we’ll listen to it a ton before moving on to something else. We’ll park on one or two records for weeks at a time and have a deep relationship with it.

What’s new with the band? Anything new this year or are you looking forward to 2018?

We’ve been really pleased with how our album release has gone and hope that people continue listening to the new songs. There’s still quite a few more shows on the schedule before the year is up for us. And we bought a tour van — so we’re more geared for the road than ever before.

A few weeks back we recorded some tunes inside The Peace Center in Greenville, SC which we’re really stoked on. We’ll be releasing those in the months to come.

There’s always something brewing up at the Brother Oliver camp because we never sleep, and what’s brewing up is coffee and new music.