Introducing a sensational Celtic Folk anthem blending musical brilliance with passionate conviction and political depth, European Festival legends Brophy’s Law deliver a boldly evocative, catchy and poignant anti-war single, for Stand Together.
Beautifully atmospheric and organic full-band music lays bare a descending chord pattern and classic Folk songwriting – Stand Together features a superb arrangement from Brophy’s Law – increasing layers from acoustic guitar to banjo, bass, bag pipes, whistles and more – and proves melodically enchanting and rhythmically addictive to listen to.
The energy is high, the passion undeniable, whilst the looping musicality and sentiments add a clear level of poetic melancholy that’s all-too relevant right now.
Northampton’s Neil Brophy fronts the collaborative live-act Brophy’s Law, a band rightly celebrated across the festival circuits of the UK, Scandinavia, Belgium, Germany and Holland. Having met bassist Martin Dale at a car crash in a small town of Denmark, the band’s connection as creatives and friends has forever played a huge role in their humanity and heart on stage. As such, Brophy’s Law have made waves for their unique Folk-Rock songwriting, and the depth and realism of Stand Together speaks volumes on behalf of that emotional unity.
Also welcoming Brian Armstrong on Mandolin, Banjo and El Guitar, William Mclaughlin on Pipes, Whistles and Squeezebox, and Samir Olsen on Drums, the completed arrangement is unmistakable in both style and substance. Weave in the heartbreaking story and topical relevance of Stand Together, and this quality rings louder than ever.
Openly an anti-war single, depicting the historically familiar tale of a young soldier forced to fight another man’s war, Stand Together employs short, memorable lines of striking imagery and subsequent questions regarding the nature of the experience. The proposed resolve is a two-sided protest on the front lines, and the simplicity of the structure of Stand Together allows that idea to resound intensely – a chorus portraying unity in both its choir-like final progression and the clear intentions of the words.
“Light the barrels burn the guns
Light the beacon Bang the drum
Stand together on the frontline”
Fantastic writing and musicianship, important and inspiring, heartbreaking yet hopeful – from a band whom music fans will no doubt be blessed to witness across the live scenes of the coming months and years. Give Brophy’s Law a few streams at volume this season.