Interview – Brophy’s Law

I reviewed the song The Bachelor by Brophy’s Law earlier this year. The band have a really fresh sound to their music, so I wanted to go back and find out more. Read our interview below with Neil Brophy for more info!

By Jane Howkins

Earlier this year you released a new track titled The Bachelor which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

The Bachelor got some great reviews and was a great release around St. Patricks Day. We had great fun releasing the video and you can find the track on Spotify.

Have you got any plans to release a full-length album or an EP anytime soon?

At this stage, there are no plans to release one, but we are in the writing phase at the moment.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It varies,, sometimes I will see a line in an article/hear a line and it starts getting me to reflect and build a song around it, sometimes it’s a chord progression that catches the creative mind, and a melody comes followed by the lyrics.

You’re originally from Northamptonshire. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

It seems to be pretty active, there are some great local Facebook groups promoting live music, the biggest success out of Northampton at the moment is Slow Thai – when I grew up my favourite band from Northampton was Bauhaus – the Gothfathers!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I became a teenager in 1982, I was a bedroom guitarist and influenced by Dylan to start with, and the entire new wave/ska/punk scene . Billy Bragg was like a one man Clash, I loved the Jam. Then New Model Army came with a post punk/folk approach, leading me into The Pogues. This is what shaped me musically.

I have listened to Frank Turner a lot, he is basically a modern version/cocktail of the above. I have no set thing I listen to; world music, old classics, whatever springs up. I like the energy of Sam Fender. Seventeen Going Under has to be my current go to song if I want a quick boost.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Yes, I could not really pull out any music, I need to be busy and lead a fast life to operate, but I’m going to try and work a little harder on that in this lockdown.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We will be playing some festivals this summer in DK, we will announce these pretty soon.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We tend to play an upbeat high energy show, I am quite vocal with the audience and like to entertain, tell them how lucky they all are. I feel very comfortable getting the crowd involved. The band are multi instrumentalists and entertainers too, so its always a great vibe on stage and that generally resonates into the crowd. Come check us out.

Any last words for the fans?

You lucky people!