March 16, 2018
Aaron Middleton and the Purple Smoke
Forming in 2008 in their hometown of Bedford, England, where the Don Broco band members consisting of Rob Damiani lead vocalist, guitarist Simon Delaney, bassist Luke Rayner (who later left the band and was replaced by Tom Doyle) and drummer and backing vocalist Matt Donnelly, played their first gigs whilst attending Bedford Modern School. It wasn’t until after University that they decided to form the band, originally going by names such as ‘Club Sex’ and ‘Don Loco’ until a football injury involving Simon Delaney breaking his wrist inspired the now well-known and iconic name ‘Don Broco’.
After these smaller school based gigs, the newly formed Don Broco performed a variety of Sets around the UK, Including Camden Crawl and after a great success with their EP, ‘Big Fat Smile’ they later became a supporting act for We Are The Ocean’s 2011 Tour alongside Lower Than Atlantis. This was later followed by performances at Reading and Leeds Festival where they appeared on the BBC Introducing Stage. It was at this point that former Bass player; Luke Rayner decided to leave the band, Allowing Tom Doyle to take over.
Their First Album, ‘Priorities’ was released August 13th 2012, and it was only a matter of time before they were asked to support British Rock band, You Me At Six on their UK Tour in 2014. This gave the band the opportunity to become more publicized as well as creating a loyal fan base along the way. Priorities was a huge success and Brocos flamboyant music videos and their quirky ‘Broco walk’ was loved by fans and critics alike with hard-core fans starting unique traditions such as ‘The Push up Squad’ involving fans doing push ups in a mosh- pit formation. This has created a very well-known reputation for Don Brocos live performances.
After working on ideas for a new album throughout 2014, and after many teaser performances during their time headlining the Kerrang Tour 2014, Don Broco finally released their new album ‘Automatic’ on the 7th of August 2015 and later toured the UK, Selling out in venues including Brixton Academy!
All four band members are not only well-known for their intoxicating on stage performances, but also their loyalty and patience with fans off stage, taking time to meet and greet fans as well as keeping up their Quirky reputation with ideas such as working in McDonalds for an evening and holding their own house party’s. With gripping solos and powerful vocals, Don Broco have definitely got a bright future ahead of them and may even go on to headline Reading and Leeds festival in the near future… We highly recommend following their YouTube channel, DonBrocoVEVO, and urge you to check out their unique music videos as well as enjoy their funny charm during interviews. We look forward to seeing what they have to offer in the year 2016 as they accompany Australian pop punk band 5 Seconds Of Summer on the UK/EU leg of their 2016 tour. With such a close connection with each other as a band and with their audience on and off stage we can only expect them to get bigger!