June 28, 2011 11:35

Brother forced to change their name to Viva Brother

Slough four-piece reveal legal battle with Celtic band

Video: Viva Brother - Why They Had To Change Their Name

Brother have been forced to change their name after losing a legal battle with an Australian Celtic band using the same moniker.

The Slough four-piece are now called Viva Brother after they were served with a writ at one of their gigs in America.

"There's this fucking Celtic band called Brother too," singer Lee Newell told NME. "We knew about it but honestly we thought nothing about it because they were so small."



"This guy travelled across America to come to our San Francisco show, fought his way to the front and chucked a 30-page document on my feet while we were playing," added bassist Josh Ward. "I said, 'What the fuck's that?' and he went, 'You've been served'.

"It was a writ. They had the power to take our songs off the internet and make our band no more. So we had no choice but to change the name."

The band lifted a white flag emblazoned with their new name during their performance at Glastonbury over the weekend.

For more on Viva Brother's dispute, their show at Worthy Farm and the full Glastonbury review, get this week's new issue of NME.

The new issue, is on UK newsstands now or available digitally.

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