The Como Brothers Band

This isn’t the first time PEV has had the opportunity to hang out with celebrated New York siblings, The Como Brothers Band. We hung out with Matt during our first interview some time ago, and today we’re getting a fresh perspective from brother Andrew – and while the rest of the bands lineup has changed (now including Tim Costello, John O’Keefe and Jeremy Scalchunes), their signature, impossible to duplicate sound remains as catchy as ever. The ingredients:
– Captivating pop music, with…
– Touches of blues, funk and jazz inspiration, made all the more powerful by…
– Two strong lead singers.


Last time we spoke, we focused on their release, The Speed of Sound, a collection that was developed as a fusion of the brother’s own creative thoughts, influenced by the music they love. Today, The Como Brothers have an all new record, the aptly named Baby Steps. We asked Andrew to tell us what we should expect – he said, “Fans can expect a lot of relatable material in that it speaks of human relationships, emotions, and interactions. We try to write every song as entertaining as the next, but with a different flare. Everything is written with a pop sensibility and understanding.”

Baby Steps, the first full length record from the brothers is out October 1st, so click to to get your preview. Videos for the singles, “Straight Face” and “Late Nights” are already out, and the band will be on the road soon supporting the music like something fierce. Keep an eye out. There’s still much, much more to get into, so read on for all the answers in the XXQs below.

XXQs: The Como Brothers Band (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre? Any big changes since our last talk?

Andrew Como (AC): We like to make people move, groove, and feel the music.  Everything we write is written with a pop sensibility, but each song borrows from blues, funk, and jazz in its own unique way.  What makes us stand out from others in our genre and style is that we have two lead singers who sing an equal amount of songs on our new album.  Sometimes Matt and I will even sing lead on the same song in different sections of a particular song.

PEV: Remind our readers – what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

AC: Our first concert was Huey Lewis and the News at Westbury Music Fair.  Our parents brought us to the concert.  Growing up, we were heavily into The Beatles, Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Maroon 5, and most recently Bruno Mars.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Como Brothers Band show?

AC: It’s a very chilled out, grooving vibe.  Look out for lots of harmonies, bluesy guitar riffs/solos, and a fat beat.  Expect to be bobbing your head and tapping your toes.  Our mission is to get your hips moving before you realize they are.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

AC: Hit the ground running, and set the tone from the first beat.1239414_622873364419429_1948743117_n

PEV: How has playing in The Como Brothers Band been different from working with other artists or projects in the past?

AC: Playing and writing music is something we love, but there is something extremely fresh about making music that is correlated 100% to you both in a marketing sense and listening sense. When we write music and are the ones performing our own songs, I think the raw emotion really comes through.

PEV: What is the underlining inspiration for your music, especially on your latest record, Baby Steps? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?

AC: The inspiration for our music comes a lot from relationships.  Matt has written about hope and light versus darkness.  A lot of it was written with a wide eyed hopefulness that comes from being in our early 20s.  A lot of the music reflects unadulterated happiness, while other songs reflect someone being hurt who is not necessarily jaded.  Baby Steps is truly an observation of what’s happening within human interactions.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

AC: We still feel like we’ve just starting out!  It’s hard to believe that as The Como Brothers Band, we’ve been doing this since 2010 and even working towards this since being an early teenager. Everything moves so fast, and it’s hard to look back sometimes.  When you’re in the moment, it’s difficult to acknowledge all that’s been done, but looking back it’s nice to see that we’ve accomplished a lot.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of The Como Brothers Band?

AC: I played the drums on the recording of our single, “Bad Karma”.

PEV: Tell us about your latest release, Baby Steps. What can fans expect from this work? What is the story behind the title?

AC: Fans can expect a lot of relatable material in that it speaks of human relationships, emotions, and interactions.  We try to write every song as entertaining as the next, but with a different flare. Everything is written with a pop sensibility and understanding.  The title Baby Steps is an acknowledgement that this is our first full length album, and hopefully it’s our first step to a long, happy career.

PEV: What is the feeling you get after an album like this is complete and you can sit back and listen to it in full?

AC: This album took a full year to complete from start to finish, and there is no better feeling than hearing it for the first time in its entirety.  Every listen through brings up a different memory; whether it be from writing the song or being in the studio recording it.

PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete and you can sit back and listen to it being played the way you envisioned?

AC: I think a song always slightly changes from the initial vision.  However, I believe that’s just part of the growth process of making a song. The change is something that you hope is for the better.

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

AC: We’ve really only played near New York or somewhere on the east coast. California would be very cool to play in.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?

AC: They’re all extremely supportive.  Our sister even designed the artwork for Baby Steps.  Playing close to home is always cool because you get to play in front of friends and family.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

AC: Playing or writing music is pretty much all we do with our spare time.  If you want to excel above the rest, putting time in by practicing and training your ears is essential.  I say if you’re going to go for it, you have to go 100%.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

AC: Paul McCartney and Bruno Mars. They are a huge inspiration in terms of singing, playing, and songwriting – the whole package.PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

AC: The Como Brothers Band!

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think each of you would be doing for a career?

AC: If our life’s goal wasn’t to play music for as many people as possible, it might be to write songs for other people to play.

PEV: So, what is next for The Como Brothers Band?

AC: Our full length album Baby Steps will be released October 1st.  The singles are on YouTube and you can see the “Straight Face” and “Late Nights” videos there.  Extensive touring around the US is what we really want to do, especially at colleges.  We’d love to record another record – we have a lot of new ideas, but promoting Baby Steps and touring to get this music out to fans is our top priority.  In November we are playing at the NYC Marathon! We hope to see some of you readers there!

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