Duo break out of NZ
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New Zealand brother-and-sister duo Broods are set to follow fellow Kiwi Lorde into the international spotlight.

Already hyped overseas after supporting Haim in the UK and Chvrches throughout the US, they have also signed major label deals which will see their debut album released in the US, UK and Australia in August.

Importantly, their eponymous EP released in January this year, suggests the buzz is warranted. Working with Lorde producer Joel Little, the six-tracker is a consistently sublime mix of electronic sounds and layered harmonies.

In town last month supporting Ellie Goulding, 19-year-old singer Georgia Nott and multi- instrumentalist brother Caleb, 21, sat down with _The West Australian _ to discuss their upcoming album, becoming a "bad-arse" on stage and Joel Little, before and after Lorde's Grammy-winning Royals.

"We remember (Little) showed us what he'd been working on with Lorde," Georgia recalls.

"And he played it and we're like 'Damn it's too good, stop it'," Caleb continues. "Now we need to write something awesome."

Both laugh before Georgia adds: "He hasn't changed at all, as a person. He's a little more ambitious and he believes in himself more now but not in a horrible way. It's our luck he wasn't a Grammy Award-winning producer (when we met)."

The siblings' chemistry is obvious. They profess to never fight and regularly finish one another's sentences. They're also two of the nicest people you'll ever meet, without a smidge of attitude between them.

So it's surprising later that night seeing them on stage before Goulding, as Georgia dances and stalks the stage, oozing confidence and sex appeal.

"I love the idea of having a completely different personality on stage," Caleb considers.

"That's kind of what we do," Georgia adds. "We're pretty chilled people and we don't like taking anything too seriously. Then when we get on stage . . ."

"Georgia turns into this bad-arse she's never been her whole life," Caleb laughs.

Their chemistry extends to the songwriting process, which in the past has seen Caleb handle the music and Georgia the lyrics but is more collaborative on the upcoming album.

"I'm like 'I want people to feel like this'," Georgia says. "I'm all about the feelings."

"This album has been a lot more collaborative," Caleb says. "I'm writing more lyrics and Georgia's had more input into the music arrangement. We're working out each other still."

"We're working out how we can get the most out of writing as a team," Georgia finishes his thought. "Because we're brother and sister, we don't see it as competition. We're in this as a team and everything that comes out of it is us together."

The West Australian

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