Related Artists

The Perishers

My Brightest Diamond

Alela Diane

Joe Purdy

Loney, Dear

The Brunettes Biography

Home > Music > B > Brunettes, The > Biography

Birth Place: New Zealand
Years Active: 1998-present
Genres: Indie Pop, Twee Pop

The Brunettes are an indie pop or twee pop group from New Zealand formed in 1998. The band consists of core members Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield with additional contributions from part-time band members including James Milne (of The Reduction Agents and Lawrence Arabia), Ryan McPhun (of Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns and The Reduction Agents), Harry Cundy, and most recently, Andrew Thompson.

The band released its first recording ''Mars Loves Venus EP'' in 1998.

The band are signed to Auckland based label Lil' Chief Records. The Brunettes' first album ''Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks'' released in 2002 was the debut release for the label. This was followed 6 months later by the mini-album ''The Boyracer'' EP. In the U.S. their recordings appear on the Sub Pop label.

Their second album ''Mars Loves Venus'' was released in June 2004 again on Lil' Chief and was quickly followed by 2005's EP ''When Ice Met Cream''. More recently the band signed to the American label Sub Pop, possibly as a result of their opening for The Shins 2005 tour of North America. They have also opened for Rilo Kiley, The Postal Service, Broken Social Scene, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Beirut and played at the 2006 Big Day Out festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

Their album ''Structure & Cosmetics'' was released on 30 July 2007 in New Zealand and on August 7th in the USA.

"Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth" is currently featured on an extended advertisement for Hollyoaks, on Channel 4 (and E4) in the UK.

In 2008, The Brunettes covered The Cure's "Lovesong" for American Laundromat Records tribute compilation "Just Like Heaven - a tribute to The Cure". The Wedding Present, Joy Zipper, The Submarines, and The Rosebuds also contributed tracks to the project.