Viva Brother split up

Gritpop band break news on Twitter

Viva Brother announced today (April 1) that they have split up.

The band broke the news via their Official Twitter page shortly after 12pm on April 1. Many fans had believed that the announcement was an April Fools hoax, but a spokesman for the band confirmed to NME that the statement was true.

Viva Brother wrote on Twitter:

Shortly after, the band then wrote that they’d “leave you with one last song”, before posting a video link to a new song titled ‘I Don’t Want To Be Loved’. You can listen to the track by scrolling down the page and clicking.

The song’s lyrics might give fans an insight into the band’s emotions over recent months. The chorus appears to be the most revealing part, as Lee Newell sings “I don’t want to be loved, but I need to be loved” and “If I snooze the alarm, will anybody notice I’m gone?“.

The self-proclaimed ‘Gritpop’ band formed in 2010 and released their debut album, ‘Famous First Words’, in August last year, reaching 34 in the Official UK Albums Chart. Originally called Brother, the band were forced to change their name in June 2011 after losing a legal battle with an Australian Celtic band with the same moniker.

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