Q&A Scene: Michael Rhydderch ~ BROTHER BE

Tell us about your new single ‘Nine Dollars’?

The original idea for the song came about when my partner was a bit devastated that she only had nine dollars left to spend for the week (twice as much as me). I happened to be working on a riff at the time and the two just so happened to blend. The song then morphed into this deeper sense of trying to figure out your place in the rat race.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

This last recording session we did for this song as well as another single that will be coming out in the near future (Lord of nothing) are definitely what I am most proud of. The sound feels so big, warm and epic, which is so different to where we started as a sort of country folk sound.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Our last few recordings have been in the countryside of NSW, which is pretty damn delightful. Though sometimes it presents its own challenges. Driving along the road in my little shitbox car not designed for such roads we came across a herd of cows. No beeping would move them. We were also apprehensive to drive at them because the car would just crumple on impact……..so not much recording was done that day. That and we were staying in an old school classroom on the top of this foggy hill in the middle of nowhere. Felt like we were in Children of the Damned.

What, or who, inspires you?

What inspires me? When life is in a comfortable balance I find it hard to really explore any ideas that would be worthwhile to put music to. So, the more tumultuous my life the more open my mind seems to become and the creativity begins to flow. So, I suppose, the more disruptive my life the more inspired I feel. Doesn’t work so good for other aspects of life….

The who could be anyone. I often like to make up scenarios about people I know very little about, based on a fleeting moment that we existed within each other’s life. It makes for an endless supply of stories to build on.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

“Palaces of Montezuma” – Grinderman

What’s next for you?

We have about 20 half-baked songs that need to get back in the oven (apologies for the shitty analogy), so I think the next step is to get those to a point we are happy with and look to get back out to cow-riddled country-side and do some recordings.

What’s your scene?

I can’t speak on behalf of the band but, I’m just going to come out and say it. I love bird watching. That’s not even a play on words. Legitimately going out and identifying bird species.

Apart from that, we’re all big fans of just making sure we surround ourselves with people that are full of love and laughs and like to have a good party.


After five years together, Canberra indie-rock group Brother Be decided to explore their sound further, shifting from upbeat party jams to brooding and epic rock. The first result of this shift is their latest single Nine Dollars. The song sees frontman Michael Rhydderch entertaining those feelings of doubt that play in our everyday lives against a background of thumping rhythm section and massive wall of guitars. It will be officially released on 25 May 2018, with a launch party to follow at the Polish Club, Canberra, on 2 June 2018. Accompanying the single is the Nine Dollars film clip, which tells the story of fighting against seemingly overwhelming odds.

Upcoming shows:
Saturday 2nd June 2018 – Launch Party @ Polish Club, Canberra
Saturday 21 July 2018 – The Phoenix, Canberra

Connect with Brother Be online:
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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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