The Branco Heist are a London based three-piece rock band, with Stan Slawinski on guitar, Ross Hampton on drums and Al McHardy on bass. On March 8th 2014 the band released their debut album, Monkey Make Noise; which features 14 tracks recorded in Autumn 2013. The release has coincided with a short tour including dates in Nottingham, London, Liverpool, Paris and Amsterdam; and has been warmly received – from Zero Magazine making comparisons to Foo Fighters and Audioslave, Music Mafia UK hailing Monkey Make Noise as ‘an explosive yet intimate record‘, and Feed Me Music’s description of ‘a well-crafted debut with standout tracks’.
The album follows their 2013 EP, ‘Heads Will Roll’, which featured two singles, The Rose, and Classless Clown. Along the way they have steadily built a reputation as one of the capital’s most scintillating live acts, and regularly make trips to the continent to perform to their growing fanbase in cities such as Oslo, Paris, and Amsterdam.
The Branco Heist have gained airplay and made radio appearances (for live sessions and interviews) across a range of stations including BBC London, Radio Prime Network (Norway), Amazing Radio, and Hoxton FM, to name a few.
Recent press and online coverage includes features in Zero Magazine, Music Mafia UK, Independent Music News, God is in the TV, The London Word, Hit The Floor magazine, The Music Press, From The Bucket, The Postie, and Migmag Ones to Watch.
The band are most at home playing blistering live shows and their successful club night (also called) Monkey Make Noise has seen sold out shows at some of London’s top venues including Islington Academy, Concrete (Shoreditch), and The Borderline. They have also performed at a number of unique events, including the Indie Soccer Six charity football tournament, Zoo Lates at London Zoo, Rivington Street Festival, Glomma Festival (Norway), Wilkestock, Amble by The Park, and South West Fest.
“This band, this Branco Heist, do something most bands take years to achieve – they escape their influences. It is some feat”
“The Branco Heist are attracting attention for their soulful, muscular sound. Unmissable”
Gary Crowley, BBC London radio
“WOW… from the off, the band hit their stride, the audience was hooked and the following hour was a real eye and ear opener. Dynamics, harmonies, and stage presence in bucketfuls”
“Spirited sunshine, sparkling indie pop, with melodic artistry”
“Perfectly blending rock and indie in a soulful way with great singing and a punch to their sound that makes you want to turn them up!”
migmag.co.uk, Ones to Watch feature
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