Members of Las Vegas band Brumby find it a bit ironic that some call the group the next Imagine Dragons.
That’s because Imagine Dragons helped pave the way for the young band’s success so far.
“Imagine Dragons has given lot of people some Las Vegas pride,” says Oliver Tingey, the group’s vocalist. “Even if people don’t know who we are, they’re on our side. They want to see another Las Vegas band succeed.”
Performing across the Western United States and alongside prominent groups — including Imagine Dragons — the band of Las Vegas natives points to a changing musical landscape in town as one more reason this remains their home base.
“Las Vegas really seems to be behind us,” Oliver says.
A Vegas Education
Brumby’s ties to Vegas – and each other – run blood deep. The group includes cousins Tyler, Oliver and Spencer Tingey, as well as lifelong friend Dylan Self.
Graduates of Coronado High School and Green Valley High School, they attribute their passion for music to the high-quality musical education they received in Las Vegas.
They even made sure to highlight this while performing at The Smith Center’s 2017 Heart of Education Awards.
“We were all in the arts programs in our high schools,” Tyler says. “Spencer was in band, Oliver and I were in choir, Dylan was in band as well. We had a lot of opportunities to be creative and be a part of something.”
Oliver also gave a call-out during the event to his Green Valley High School choir teacher Kimberly Ritzer, a 2017 Heart of Education nominee.
“Pretty much anything I know about singing I learned in those four years of choir,” Oliver says.
Southern Nevada Influence
As Brumby developed from the band members’ musical interests as children, Las Vegas continued to shape their artistic paths.
The group’s unique sound, blending alternative and Western rock, stems from Southern Nevada’s environment.
“We hope it reflects our home, that when you look around at the Valley, maybe that’s the sound you would hear in your head,” Tyler says.
The group’s debut EP “The Westwind Kid” is even named after the Las Vegas street where the cousins’ grandfather lives and where Brumby’s songwriting and rehearsing takes place.
“We’re lucky our grandpa is really happy to have us in his backyard making loud music,” Spencer says with a laugh.
Reaching New Ears
There are many ways you can hear Brumby’s music – they have made sure of it.
The group posts new music online, performs at local venues like Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel, and plays in large-scale music festivals including Life is Beautiful and the Rooftop Concert Festival in Provo, Utah.
“It’s a better and worse time for artists these days, because anyone can put a song on the internet that gets millions of views, but it might be harder to make a career out of it,” Spencer says.
They shouldn’t fear. The group’s manager Wesley Tingey — also a Las Vegas resident and Oliver’s brother — feels certain the band has the grit to persevere.
“It’s easy to burn bright and then burn out really quick,” Wesley says. “Being in a band is definitely a long-game kind of thing.”
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