Brokof

Live Act Pop Americana Singer/Songwriter Pop Rock
Brokof - Pop Americana Singer/Songwriter Pop Rock Live Act in Berlin

Brokof Short Info

“I was sitting out on my balcony staring down at my naked feet. I guess I'm not so bright, no I don't shine no light.” Set neither inside nor outdoors the opening line of second album Side By Side from Berlin's BROKOF sums up a band whose music shifts between observation of the world and self-reflection. Should we take part or hold back? Join in or look on? These are the questions of witnesses torn between the temptations of urban living and the need to actually contemplate life and its sensibilities.
BROKOF deliver the soundtrack of an anxious generation perpetually stuck between giving up and breaking out. Where is my place in a world ever more hostile? How do I break down walls of disinterest? How can I get people to commit? How can I get closer to a love I can live? Miles away from irony and with awareness of the obstacles blocking the way, they ask tough questions but refuse simple answers.

BROKOF are Fabian Brokof (vocals, guitar), Arne Bergner (guitar, piano), Rocco Weise (bass) and, since December 2012, Puya Shoary (drums). Sorry Gilberto vs. Brokof was the first release on the band’s Goldrausch Records label, a joint EP with fellow band Sorry Gilberto (Berlin). 2010 brought A/B, another EP released as a 10-inch vinyl, followed by debut LP Softly, Softly, Catchee Monkey. In 2012 the band released the LP Side By Side. The Band is currently working on their third studio album and with Evicton Notice EP (2015) released the first recordings of upcoming Cool Fame (2016).

"(BROKOF)…has you smitten by song one before topping this with the hit “Smile”. And then it goes on and on, getting not worse but better. Acoustic, often mid-tempo, energy: everything works. Can’t all local bands be a little bit like this? Just good, cool without pretension, relaxed, no daft German lyrics, not loudmouths or cry babies, not grant-subsidised-arts-council-pop ... keep it here, keep it good, keep it up as long as possible.“
TERZ, 2010

"Brokof serve indie-pop with a side order of folk & noise redolent of artists from Wilco to the Velvet Underground. It’s slightly old-fashioned, and that is a good thing. As the four band members have invested so much blood, sweat and tears into their analogue production, Brokof also sound like their roots grow directly from the Americana savannah. In their songs, they take on the big topics with a melancholic lightness of touch: love, death and the search for oneself."
BYTE FM, 2010

"I find it very uplifting that there are still bands which can timelessly combine folk, Americana and classic singer-songwriting and also come from Berlin. But the fact that the quartet Brokof come from Germany is not evident in their sound, which is at once classic, international, indebted to the right role models (from the Beatles to No Depression) and above all rich in wonderful choral singing and multi-voice harmonies. The opener (Side By Side) is a goose-bump-generating folk pop wonder with e-piano and acoustic guitar, and once again this truly captivating harmony singing…"Oh Love" could also have come from the splendid Turin Brakes. The finale "When All Was Gone" revels in the undying-sunny-psychedelia-vibe which characterised Crosby, Stills and Nash at their best….An amazingly mature achievement for a relatively young band."
JOE WHIRLYPOP, Glitterhouse , 2012

„Put simply: in Brokof, one of Germany’s most interesting folk-rock bands awaits discovery.“
STERN.DE, 2012

"An excellent record…"
ROLLING STONE, 2012

"…BROKOF manage to put their own stamp on indie-folk-pop with a pleasant temperament and gorgeous melodies which never fail to surprise in their contours and never quite end up where the clichés would have them go."
WESTZEIT, 2012

"How wonderful: autumn in all its finery is here and Berlin band Brokof have also arrived with their second album. After the fantastic insider tip “Smile” from debut “Softly, Softly, Catchee Monkey” in 2010, here are thirteen fresh new tracks. So: they’re back and they’ve dug up some diamonds. The mix of Wilco-esque pathos and Weakerthans folk is bound on “Side by Side” with indie and well-executed pop to create a jewel ideally suited to a premiere on the balcony with the winter’s first glass of mulled wine. The four Berliners have managed to wrap songs of uncertainty and fragility in a album free from cliché…The band is likeable just for coming from Berlin, the heart of electronic music, and not bothering with a single synth break. Thumbs up for Berlin. It’s about time.
SLEAZE MAG, 2012

"We could listen to this kind of indie rock "A Thousand Times"! Our favourite song from Mixed Tape 27 band
BROKOF's new album takes its time for an epic build-up that oscillates between calm passages and wonderwalls of sound."
MERCEDES BENZ MIXED TAPE, 2012

"… A drumbeat ambles through the steppe; a lonely guitar rings out – this is a restrained record which derives its fascination from the contrast between thoughtful lyrics and airy melodies."
DIE WELT, Album of the week, 2012

"This is the sound of four guys who can play their instruments and have something to say finding each other."
MELODIE & RHYTHMUS, 2012

"Authentic, direct and impressive ... thirteen tracks of the finest classic pop song writing."
CONCERTO (Austria), 2012

"The Beatles in folk could be a description for what these four Berliners produce."
MÄRKISCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, 2012

DISCOGRAPHY

Sorry Gilberto vs Brokof (Split EP, 2007)
A/B (EP, 2010)
Softly, Softly, Catchee Monkey (LP, 2010)
Side By Side (LP, 2012)
Eviction Notice (EP, 2015)
Cool Fame (LP, 2016)

“I was sitting out on my balcony staring down at my naked feet. I guess I'm not so bright, no I don't shine no light.” Set neither inside nor outdoors the opening line of second album Side By Side from Berlin's BROKOF sums up a band whose music shifts between observation of the world and self-reflection. Should we take part or hold back? Join in or look on? These are the questions of witnesses torn between the temptations of urban living and the need to actually contemplate life and its sensibilities.
BROKOF deliver the soundtrack of an anxious generation perpetually stuck between giving up and breaking out. Where is my place in a world e...

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Brokof on Tour

  • 20 | 01 | 2017 Gastfeld, Bremen
  • 21 | 01 | 2017 Gastfeld, Bremen
  • 17 | 03 | 2017 Prinz Willy, Kiel
  • 18 | 03 | 2017 Tonfink, Lübeck

Past Gigs Brokof

  • 10 | 2016 Thalia Kino, Dresden
  • 10 | 2016 Glockenbachwerkstatt, München
  • 10 | 2016 Kramladen, Wien
  • 09 | 2016 M.A.U. Club, Rostock
  • 09 | 2016 Prinz Willy, Kiel
  • 04 | 2016 Astra Stube, Hamburg
  • 04 | 2016 Medienhaus, Hannover
  • 02 | 2016 Kasseturm, Weimar
  • 02 | 2016 Bluenote, Magdeburg
  • 11 | 2015 LEIPZIG (D) Cammerspiele
  • 11 | 2015 STUTTGART (D) Laboratorium
  • 11 | 2015 BASEL (CH) Ladybar
  • 11 | 2015 MÜNCHEN (D) Glockenbachwerkstatt
  • 11 | 2015 NÜRNBERG (D) Muz
  • 11 | 2015 SALZBURG (A) Denkmal
  • 11 | 2015 GRAZ (A) Scherbe
  • 11 | 2015 WIEN (A) Loop
  • 10 | 2015 BRNO (CZ) Stará Pekarna
  • 10 | 2015 PRAHA (CZ) Potrvá
  • 10 | 2015 DRESDEN (D) Thalia Kino
  • 10 | 2015 CHEMNITZ (D) Altra

Discography Brokof

  • 2016 Cool Fame Album | Goldrausch Records / Rough Trade
  • 2015 Eviction Notice EP | GoldrauschRecords / Rough Trade
  • 2012 Side By Side Album | GoldrauschRecords / Rough Trade
  • 2010 A/B EP | GoldrauschRecords / Rough Trade
  • 2010 Softly, Softly Catchee Monkey Album | GoldrauschRecords / Rough Trade

Media

  • Video BROKOF Hustler
  • Video BROKOF Smile
  • Video BROKOF Lost In The City
  • Video BROKOF Cool Fame
  • Video BROKOF Running Around
  • Video BROKOF Eviction Notice

Origin

  • Berlin DE

Founded

  • 2007

Members

  • Fabian Brokof Vocals / Guitar
  • Arne Bergner Keys / Guitar / Vocals
  • Rocco Weise Bass / Vocals
  • Puya Shoary Drums