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Alternative rock outfit Don Broco formed in Bedford, England in 2008. The four-piece met during their time at Bedford Modern School and after playing in various different bands, vocalist Rob Damiani began writing music with Simon Delaney (guitar), Matt Donnelly (drums/vocals), and Tom Doyle (bass). They made a tenuous start and managed to play a few shows before each member left for university. At this turning point, they made a pact to return after they graduated and concentrate on the band. Once they had finished university in 2009, they booked more shows across the country and played in Leeds, Birmingham, and Manchester. This exposure led them to prestigious appearances at Camden Crawl and Download festival before the end of the year, as well as a coveted support slot with post-hardcore outfit Enter Shikari. In 2010 they released the self-recorded single “Dreamboy” and continued their relentless touring schedule.
During 2011, the band recorded and released the Big Fat Smile EP. The six-track mini-album was well-received by publications such as Kerrang and Rock Sound and started to garner a buzz among fans. Their boisterous, melodic rock scored them their first headline tour and a clutch of high-profile gigs with Deaf Havana and a host of festival appearances including Sonisphere, Slam Dunk, Hevy Festival, and a return to Download in 2011. Following continued support and their growing reputation, they signed a deal with Search & Destroy — a venture between Sony Music and Raw Power Management — in 2012. Their debut album, Priorities, was released a couple of months later with the bravado and confidence of a band with years of experience. Their influences are easily recognizable — with Lostprophets, Young Guns, and Funeral for a Friend all audible — but the full-length album allowed their dynamic songwriting to flourish.
2008 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England