If you were to compile a list of dynamics prone to fractiousness, siblings and musicians would surely vie for top spot. One wonders, then, if Myles and Layne Ulrich had any reservations about becoming a band of brothers, as they did to form Taipei Houston, given the potential for acrimony.
“I never understand that stuff,” bassist/vocalist Layne tells Kerrang!, struggling to compute the issues that lead to discord. “If you hate someone then why join a band with them? For us it’s about pushing each other in good ways.”
“He definitely kicks my ass,” agrees drummer Myles, sitting shoulder to shoulder with his brother-bandmate. “But that motivates me to be better at what I do.”
If that all sounds refreshingly positive and constructive, it is. But it didn’t come easy. A couple of years back, as lockdown loomed and the world lost its head, Myles and Layne put theirs together, hunkering down in San Francisco and working. And working. And working some more.
“We were grinding and didn’t stop writing songs,” Myles says of exploring the terrain in which their tastes intersect. That meant Arctic Monkeys – the band Layne had his musical epiphany to as a teenager – as well as Jack White, The Strokes and Queens Of The Stone Age.