Brothers in Stereo 1Hailing from the musically rich region of Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland’s Brothers in Stereo have garnered themselves quite a reputation for crafting and performing pop/rock in a timeless fashion that pays homage to their influences while forging a style of their own in the meantime. Growing up on steady diet of their disc jockey father’s record collection, as well as what their older brother brought home from the mall to spin on the turntable, brothers Chris and Andrew LeDrew absorbed every riff, lyric, and melody line from such geniuses such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Beatles, and all the other usual suspects necessary to instill in teenagers the drive to make excellent music of their own.

Initially charting different courses musically, Chris and Andrew joined forces in 2003 to release their debut album, the self-titled Brothers in Stereo. (The style and sound is best described as The Byrds with Stephen Stills on guitar.) They toured the album extensively throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario, winning the MUSIC NL Galaxie Rising Star Award as well as getting three East Coast Music Award nominations. During this period Andrew also won the provincial portion of the Canadian Songwriting Competition two years in a row. They released three successful singles, all of which saw extensive airplay. They also shot a video for their regional hit “The Worst Crowd,” which is still a favourite on local television and youtube. They performed on MuchMusic, CTV’s Canada AM, as well as a score of other television shows throughout the country. They played the legendary Horseshoe tavern for an audience that included members of Blue Rodeo and the Barenaked Ladies. They opened for Great Big Sea at Toronto’s prestigious Molson Amphitheatre. They opened for Our Lady Peace in front of an audience of 20,000. Gord Downie read them poetry until 6am in a motel room after they opened for the Hip. It was a great run and high adventure the whole way.

In 2005 BIS went on temporary hiatus to recover from the road, raise a few kids, and read a few books. Andrew released his first solo album, Ladies Lookout, which received much airplay in the region and garnered him a MUSIC NL nomination that year. Chris released a solo album in 2006, Stronger Man, and took home two 2007 MUSIC NL awards.

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