Across every era of rock and pop, there have always been artists who enjoy playing music with their brothers and sisters. In fact, that’s often where it starts – as children spend time together in the family home, they mess around with guitar, bass and drums in a garage, and no doubt annoy their parents with the godawful noise they make. It’s no surprise, then, that countless sibling bands have gone on to find fame, linked by the profound experience of having grown up together.
Bonded either by blood or family circumstance, there is a synchronicity from being closely related that gives these groups a unique edge. Whether you enjoy the often-tempestuous rivalry between Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks, or the blissful brother-sister pairing of Carpenters, the music they make proves that a family connection is not only creatively fulfilling for the musicians, but also life-affirming for listeners, too. Here, then, is our list of the best sibling bands…
Best Sibling Bands: 20 Groups Who Keep It In The Family
20: Biffy Clyro
Though Simon Neil is a commanding presence as the frontman of Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, the fact that he’s backed by twin brothers James and Ben Johnston, on bass and drums, respectively, gives their raucous sound a uniquely fraternal edge. Having spent years practising in a garage their father converted for them in Ayrshire, James and Ben have been in lockstep ever since birth, culminating in their forming a band with Simon after the three became friends at school. “Surely you can’t get any tighter than a twin rhythm section, you know?” Ben told FaceCulture in 2016. “So that’s good for the band and in terms of the dynamics and how we get on, we always get on really well.”
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