Broods are an electropop duo from Nelson, New Zealand. The band consists of siblings Georgia Nott (lead vocals) and Caleb Nott (production, backing vocals) and was formed in Auckland in 2013.
2010-2013: Formation and early years
Having performed together since childhood, Caleb and Georgia won the talent competition "Richmond's Got Talent" as teenagers in 2010. While they were both attending Garin College, they formed the indie rock band, The Peasants, who won the Smokefreerockquest music competition in 2011 but split the following year, not long after they won a grant from NZ On Air. They both attended the University of Auckland, where Georgia studied popular music and Caleb studied industrial design, but they dropped out so that they could pursue Broods.
The pair had music producer Joel Little, who produced Lorde's 2013 hit single, "Royals", when he was a judge at the 2011 Smokefreerockquest. They began collaborating with Little and they went on to release their debut single, "Bridges", online in October 2013. The track earned over 200,000 streams in a week, having been picked up by several music blogs, including Idolator. That December, Broods signed with Capitol Records worldwide and Polydor in the UK and Europe.
2014-2015: Broods and Evergreen
"Bridges", debuted at No. 8 in the New Zealand singles chart in January 2014 and the following month was chosen as the U.S. iTunes Store single of the week. Their self-titled debut EP was released on January 30, 2014, preceded by their single "Never Gonna Change" the day before. Broods debuted at number two on the New Zealand Albums Chart. It also reached number 30 on the Australian Albums Chart, number 5 on the US Heatseekers Albums, number 45 on the US Top Rock Albums, and charted on the Billboard 200. The following month, the band made their debut U.S. performance at Bardot in Hollywood, California. They then toured the U.S. and Australia supporting Ellie Goulding and returned to the U.S. to make their television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers in July, before going back on tour in the U.S. opening for Sam Smith.
Evergreen, Broods’ debut album, was released on August 22, 2014, and debuted at number one on the New Zealand album chart, as well as reaching number 45 on the Billboard 200. They won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards and received nominations for Single of the Year and the People's Choice Award. They were also nominated for the APRA Silver Scroll Award for the single "Bridges".
2015 saw the duo return to North America for a headlining tour, joined by drummer Joel Farland. They performed their single "Four Walls" on Conan, and played the Groovin the Moo, Firefly, WayHome, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands music festivals. That September, they collaborated with Australian singer Troye Sivan on his track "Ease" from his EP Wild and subsequent album Blue Neighbourhood. The duo won Album of the Year for Evergreen, Best Group, Best Pop Album, and Radio Airplay Record of the Year for "Mother & Father" at the 2015 New Zealand Music Awards.
2016-2018: Conscious and solo projects
Broods released "Free", the first single from their upcoming second album, on 1 April 2016. The album, Conscious, was released on June 24, 2016. It debuted at numbers one and two, respectively, on the New Zealand and Australian album charts and at number 54 on the Billboard 200, as well as reaching the top ten on the Billboard Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.
April 2016 also saw the duo relocate to Los Angeles. Once again, they toured with Ellie Goulding, this time on the North American leg of her Delirium World Tour. That May, they appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and in June they featured on the Jarryd James single, "1000×". Broods toured Australia, New Zealand, and North America through mid-2016, and were joined in support by Jarryd James that August. That November, Broods won five New Zealand Music Awards and supported Two Door Cinema Club on tour.
In March 2017, the duo support Tove Lo on her European Tour. The following January, Georgia released a solo album titled The Venus Project and Caleb released the single "Make Me Feel" under the name Fizzy Milk. In October and November, Broods joined American singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift, as the opening act for her Reputation Stadium Tour on the Oceania leg.
2018-present: Don’t Feed the Pop Monster
Broods released "Peach" – the first single from their third studio album Don't Feed the Pop Monster – on August 8, 2018. The album is their first after they were dropped from Capitol Records following the release of Conscious. Don’t Feed the Pop Monster was released on February 1, 2019, debuting at number three on the New Zealand Albums chart and number 17 on the Australian Albums (ARIA) chart.
Space Island, their fourth studio album, is released in February 2022.