Hailing from New Zealand, The Brunettes are a duo led by Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield, neither of whom are tinny, disposable pop-rockers or shoe-gazing intellectuals. Their music is upbeat, but it is also complex, with swelling instrumentation and harmonies as thickly layered as Texas' The Polyphonic Spree.
They also could be smirking at their own image: a cutesy pair of Kiwis in a rock band. Their music provides the goods, however, and has won the respect of critics.
It's their fourth tour of the States, but their first as headliners, having opened for the likes of The Shins and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They are curious to see if they have the clout to fill clubs, and they also are looking forward to hitting some American landmarks along the way.
Bree and Mansfield are looking forward to Thursday's Oklahoma stop at the Opolis in Norman to address some unfinished business.
They'd tracked down Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne's Oklahoma City home on their last tour, but he wasn't home.
"We met his neighbor, though, who was really nice, and we left something with him so Wayne would know we came by," Mansfield said. "We're going to try again. We like the idea of just showing up at his door." "Charles Martin