‘The Lucky Ones’ is more than just the first major label single by Brothers3. It’s also an apt description of how the country band of brothers feel following their third place finish in this year’s series of ‘The X Factor’.
The boys initially didn’t make the finals until they were selected by the public to be wildcards. They quickly became fan favourites, avoiding the bottom three throughout the entire competition.
Now a month after the finale, the boys talk to Brad about their time on the show, dancing to Dannii’s ‘Put The Needle On It’ and what’s to come.
They start by telling us that auditioning for ‘The X Factor’ wasn’t exactly a unanimous decision.
“I said no initially,” middle brother Tayzin tells us. “Because I was one of those people that are just like ‘It’s fake, it’s reality TV, and they make you into something you’re not.’”
Siblings Shardyn and Makirum had to remind Tayzin to think of the other benefits of appearing on the show.
“We wanted to do ‘X Factor’ because it’s a giant stage.” Tayzin elaborates. “We didn’t do it for the competition. If you think about it, we got to perform to millions of people each week and there’s no other stage in Australia that lets you do that. It’s literally the opportunity of a lifetime and you can’t turn it down.”
That’s not to say the boys didn’t want to win, despite some articles stating otherwise.
“We didn’t say that we didn’t deserve to win, did we?’ youngest brother Makirum asks us. “It’s odd. It’s not like we didn’t feel that we deserved it. It was just… we didn’t know why we were there! It was just surreal. If you think about how many thousands of people had to vote for you to be there… it’s just a weird feeling.”
“When you’re actually in there, you look at the other people and think ‘Wow, how can we be more deserving than them?’’’ eldest brother Shardyn clarifies. “You look at everyone and think, ‘we all deserves to win!’”
Perhaps what made the boys stand out was their lack of airs and graces.
“It was really hard for the Australian public not to get to know us because we’re so open with ourselves and our personalities.” Makirum points out. “I feel that that was one of the best things that we could have done, just being ourselves… I think that got us votes to be honest.”
The boys were paired with Dannii Minogue during their time on the show, and enjoyed getting to know her.
“She was kind of stuck with us,” Tayzin laughs. “All the groups were gone by week four so we spent a lot of time with Dannii and got to know her really well.
Her advice, at least to us, seemed more theoretical than practical.
“Before the grand final, we were all having mental breakdowns,” Tayzin reveals to the horror of his brothers. “Sorry, wrong word! Dannii thought we just needed to shake it off. She pulled us into a room and told us not to listen to the haters.”
“Speaking of Dannii, we were curious as to which of their mentor’s songs was the band’s favourite. Their answer might make you blush. Or make your head spin.
“In high school we did a jazz routine to ‘Put The Needle On It’“ Makirum reveals. “It’s funny because when we met her in real life it was like ‘Wow… we’ve listened to your song a thousand times!’ We didn’t even tell Dannii at the time because we were a bit embarrassed about it,” he laughs.
What the wider public may not know is that the boys have already released a staggering six albums. The boys reveal that some of their songs may be re-jigged for future albums.
“There are some songs we’d love to do again,” Makirum says. “We can even re-harmonise them and make them cooler because of the things we learnt on ‘X Factor’. It’s definitely a possibility.”
One song that we dug up from their past was a stirring ballad called ‘Leaving Home Now’ which is about farmers being too old to manage their farms on their own. We wondered aloud if their subject matter will change now that they’re with a major label.
“We wrote that when I was about ten and I’m 16 now, so of course subject matter is going to change a bit,” Makirum confirms. “I feel that you should always write from the heart, otherwise there’s no point in writing. We don’t really write for a hit. We write because that’s what we love and what we do best.“
How then did the band cope with performing covers of songs from One Direction and 5 Seconds Of Summer on ‘The X Factor’?
“I think what Dannii was trying to do when she chose pop songs for us was just show our versatility, because the majority of the people who do watch that show are a pop-based audience,” Tayzin says. “We’re not going to change, we’re still country. If you hear our first audition, we did a pop song with a folk-country twist. We want to stay a folky-country band.”
Consequently the boys were thrilled when they heard their ‘X Factor’ single, ‘The Lucky Ones’.
“We sat down with Dannii, we heard it and thought, ‘This is perfect. This is literally a Brothers3 song!’” Makirum tells us. “We’re really proud of the song and really happy Dannii chose it for us.
“When you listen to the words, it’s a very happy-sounding song but it has some meaning. We did a thing for the You Can Foundation for all the cancer ward patients, so whenever we sing that song we think of them, because we’re so lucky to have what we have and so lucky to be healthy. It’s just about being thankful.”
Speaking of being ‘The Lucky Ones’, the boys got the thrill of a lifetime when they got the full VIP treatment in the country town of Ballina as part of the show.
“They booked out the venue for us and got us security; it was kind of like we were Beyoncé,” Makirum enthuses. “It’s crazy! They run a festival that we’d gone to for a few years and we went there to say thank you. We did a free show and that was just an amazing day.”
In further good news for Brothers3 fans, the boys reveal they hope to commence work on a new album soon.
“When we’re writing an album, it’s literally a two-day process of writing songs,” Makirum reveals. “You just sit down and think, ‘I’m going to write a song and see what happens’. It’s a jam session. It can take from five minutes to three hours for a song.
“We haven’t got an album in the works, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not one coming out soon,” he teases.
The band also hopes to get straight back out onto the road, starting with dates next month.
“We’re going to tour in December, with the first shows in Melbourne and Sydney,” Makirum tells us. “Hopefully we will release an album, go on tour and see a lot of people there, because we want to spread our music around Australia. That’s what we love to do.”
Brothers3’s single ‘The Lucky Ones’ is available now.