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Don Broco are a British rock band formed in Bedford, England in 2008. The band consists of Rob Damiani (lead vocals), Simon Delaney (guitar), Tom Doyle (bass and programing) and Matt Donnelly (drums, lead and backing vocals). The band's debut album Priorities was released on 13 August 2012, followed up by Automatic on 7 August 2015. Their latest album, Technology, was released on 2 February 2018.

Don Broco
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Don Broco performing in 2017; (from left to right) Simon Delaney, Matt Donnelly, Darren Playford (touring member), Rob Damiani, Tom Doyle
Background information
OriginBedford, England, United Kingdom
Years active2008–present
MembersRob Damiani
Simon Delaney
Matt Donnelly
Tom Doyle
Past membersLuke Rayner


Formation and touring (2008–2018)Edit

The band's origins go back to before their university years during secondary school, attending Bedford Modern School, where they played their first gigs, but it was not until after studying at Nottingham University that they decided to become a band.[1]

The band initially took on many different names, including "Club Sex".[2] One of the group's ideas was "Don Loco", which was changed to Don Broco following guitarist Simon Delaney breaking his wrist in a football accident.[3]

They first toured the country in November 2008, playing gigs in places such as Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Swindon, Watford and County Durham amongst others.[4]

They appeared at Camden Crawl and Download Festival in 2009, as well as supporting Enter Shikari on a short run of shows in May 2009.[5]

Don Broco also played Underage Festival, at Victoria Park in London, UK, in both 2009 and 2010. They played Sonisphere festival 2010 on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage.[6] The band then went on to support Enter Shikari at both their Christmas parties at Hatfield Forum in December 2010. In September 2010 Don Broco also played in a local festival called Amersham Summer Festival.

In 2016, Don Broco appeared as a support act for rock-metal band Bring Me The Horizon on their UK tour, playing arenas such as the London O2 Arena.

In 2018, Don Broco was one of the support bands for Our Last Night's North American and European tour. They also toured with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park in support of his album Post Traumatic.

Big Fat Smile (2011)Edit

Big Fat Smile was produced and engineered by Matt O'Grady and mixed by John Mitchell.

In January 2011, they released the video to "Beautiful Morning", directed by Lawrence Hardy. The following month they released Beautiful Morning as a single.[7] They released their EP 'Big Fat Smile' on 14 February 2011.[4]

Don Broco, alongside Lower than Atlantis and Veara, supported We Are The Ocean on tour in April/May 2011. The band completed a third UK headline tour in May 2011 with support from Burn The Fleet. This run of shows included a show at the Alternative Escape Festival in Brighton, with Deaf Havana and at Hub Festival in Liverpool, as well as performances at Slam Dunk North and South.

Over the summer 2011, Don Broco played a number of UK Festivals including Download Festival, Sonisphere Festival,[8] Hevy Festival, Liverpool Sound City, Slam Dunk Festival, The Great Escape Festival. and at the Reading and Leeds festivals on the BBC Introducing stage which they were put forward for by the BBC Introducing programme which covers the Bedford area where the band is originally from.[9]

An accompanying video to the band's B-Side "We Are On Holiday" off their 'Dreamboy' single was released in August 2011.[10] The single was made available to download on iTunes on 22 August 2011.

Priorities and Rayner and Playford's departure (2012–2013)Edit

Don Broco supported Four Year Strong on their UK tour in January and February 2012.[11] During this time, before the release of the debut album, Luke Rayner left the band due to commitment issues and different interests, however they are still on good terms.[12] The band played Hit the Deck festival in Bristol and Nottingham,[13] the Great Escape Festival in Brighton,[14] Slam Dunk festivals in Leeds, Hertfordshire and Cardiff,[15] and Redfest 2012. Don Broco were going to support Futures in April 2012, but their tour was postponed to July 2012.

On 23 March 2012, the band announced that they had signed a deal with Search and Destroy Records, a new venture between Raw Power Management and Sony Music. The band's first single "Priorities" from their debut album of the same name was released on 20 May, with the album released on 13 August. The band replaced original bassist with new bassist Tom Doyle. In April, the band supported You Me At Six in Dublin and Belfast on their Irish leg of their UK tour. The band replaced the support bill originally consisting of Kids In Glass Houses, The Skints and Mayday Parade, however the Irish leg was rescheduled after Josh Francheschi contracted tonsillitis. The band supported The Used on their April/May UK tour, alongside Marmozets.

The band released the second single from Priorities, titled "Actors" it was released on the same day as Don Broco's debut album, 13 August 2012. The video sees the boys performing and a storyline where the boys don't get on and putting all the chemistry between them on for the cameras.

On 20 September, Hold On was revealed to be the third single from the album and shortly after they supported Lower Than Atlantis along with The Dangerous Summer and Gnarwolves in Autumn 2012, followed by their first European tour, supporting Young Guns accompanied with Your Demise on their European leg in October 2012. It was announced that Don Broco will be the final support on the Rock Sound Riot Tour 2012 in November 2012 along with Billy Talent and Awolnation.

In February 2013, they embarked on their first headline tour of the United Kingdom with dates spanning from February to April. For the February to March dates they brought Mallory Knox and Hey Vanity along as support. On 3 February it was announced that all dates for the February leg of the tour had sold out. For the April dates Pure Love and Decade were the supporting acts.

On 30 March 2013 Don Broco performed a headlining set at the Radstock Festival, Liverpool, at the O2 Academy Liverpool.[16] On the weekend of 23–25 August 2013, Don Broco performed on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. The band concluded 2013 by releasing their new song "You Wanna Know" as a standalone single which also came as a bundled EP featuring various remixed versions of the song.

Automatic and signing to SharpTone Records (2014–2016)Edit

Don Broco stated that the majority of 2014 would be focused around writing material for a new album and that they will headline a tour after its release.[17] It was announced that the band will be supporting British band You Me at Six during their UK headline tour during March and April 2014, along with support act Young Kato.[18]

In late August 2014 Don Broco were announced to headline 2015's Kerrang! tour in February, when they will tour the UK with support from pop rock band We Are the In Crowd and metalcore bands Bury Tomorrow and Beartooth.[19]

On 23 November 2014, the first single from the new album, titled "Money Power Fame", premiered on BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" programme.[20] A second single, "Fire", was streamed online on 26 January 2015.[21] On 7 April 2015, the band released the third song off the new album titled "What You Do to Me", followed by music videos for the tracks "Automatic" and "Superlove" respectively.

Automatic was released on 7 August 2015.[22] It is available in standard and deluxe versions; the deluxe version includes the standard ten tracks as well as four bonus tracks, two of these being previously released songs "Money Power Fame" and "You Wanna Know".

In April 2016, they supported Bring Me The Horizon on the European leg of the tour.

On 15 March 2016, it was announced that Don Broco would be supporting 5 Seconds of Summer between 15 April 2016 and 8 June 2016 on the Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour.[23]

On 24 June 2016, the band has officially signed with SharpTone Records, which was co-founded by Shawn Keith and Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger.[24]

Technology and ACTION (2017–present)Edit

Don Broco (Rob Damiani) - Rock am Ring 2018

Don Broco released the single "Everybody" on 16 July 2016 along with an accompanying music video.[25]

On 21 October 2016, SharpTone Records uploaded Don Broco's 2013 music video for "You Wanna Know" on their YouTube channel. It was also announced that Don Broco will rerelease Automatic in the United States on 11 November 2016 through SharpTone Records.[26] The label uploaded the videos for "Money Power Fame", "Superlove", and "Automatic" to their YouTube channel prior to the release.

Don Broco released five singles for their third album Technology: "Pretty", "Technology", "Stay Ignorant", "T-Shirt Song" and "Come Out to LA". The band went on to play to a sold out crowd at London`s Alexandra Palace in November, 2017, their biggest show to date.[citation needed] Technology was released on February 2, 2018, via SharpTone Records.

The band were nominated for 'Best British Live Act' at the 2019 Kerrang! Awards.[27]

On 6 September 2019, Don Broco released the standalone single "ACTION". Two version of this single were released, one solely featuring Don Broco vocalist Rob Damiani and the second featuring Caleb Shomo (Beartooth), Tyler Carter (ISSUES), Taka Moriuchi (ONE OK ROCK) and Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance).

Musical styleEdit

Their style has often been related to genres such as alternative rock, pop rock and post-hardcore by reviewers; AltSounds reviewed their début album Priorities to have elements of all three genres. The review continues to say that various songs have some sort of groove to them, in particular "Hold On" stating that it had a "...Sexy Groove aided by the lead singer’s charisma and frank lyrics about a close encounter of the female kind...".[28] AlreadyHeard expressed that the album was mostly alternative rock, yet praised the album's range of different moods, going from energetic to "cheeky" songs.[29] A live review from Virtual Festivals reviewed the band's performance at the Leeds Festival in 2013 and proclaimed that the changes in the band's musical style compared to their earlier music from the likes of the Living The Dream and Thug Workout EPs were substantial. They claimed that due to this some members of their audience were unsatisfied and that the new material was dulled by a slower tempo and a "love-letter" lyrical style.[30]

RocksFreaks.Net expressed the Thug Workout EP to be a half mixture of nu metal and post-hardcore due to the mixture of half-rap verses and screams and related their sound to that of A Day to Remember.[31] The reviews for the third EP Big Fat Smile primarily called it a general rock album with elements of rock pop. Rocksound called the album "...good mix of Brit-rock riffs, sarcastic lyrical content and jovial pop sensibilities."[32] with Alter the Press! also backing this statement up, placing them with the likes of many other "...British rock hopefuls for 2011".[33]



Don Broco discography
Studio albums3
Music videos14

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2012 Priorities 25
2015 Automatic
  • Released: 7 August 2015
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2018 Technology
  • Released: 2 February 2018
  • Label: Sharptone
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl

Extended playsEdit

Year EP details
2008 Living the Dream[30][35]
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: EmuBands
  • Format: Digital download
Thug Workout[31][35]
  • Released: 4 November 2008
  • Label: EmuBands
  • Format: Digital download
2011 Big Fat Smile[36]
  • Released: 14 February 2011
  • Label: EmuBands
  • Format: Digital download
2013 You Wanna Know
  • Released: 4 October 2013
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: Digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK Rock
[37] [38] [39]
2011 "Beautiful Morning" Big Fat Smile
2012 "Priorities" Priorities
"Hold On"
2013 "Whole Truth"
"You Wanna Know" 39 1 You Wanna Know EP
2015 "Automatic" 16 Automatic
"Superlove" 19
2016 "Everybody" 25 Technology
2017 "Pretty" 23
"Technology" 28
"Stay Ignorant"
"T-Shirt Song" 31
"Come Out to LA"
2018 "Greatness"
2019 "Half Man Half God" TBA
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videosEdit

Year Song Album Director Type Link
2009 Thug Workout Thug Workout Don Broco Performance [1]
2010 Dreamboy Lawrence Hardy Narrative [2]
Top Of The World Big Fat Smile [3]
2011 Beautiful Morning [4]
We're On Holiday Live footage [5]
2012 Priorities Priorities Don Broco Narrative [6]
Actors Performance [7]
Hold On [8]
Fancy Dress Live Footage [9]
2013 Whole Truth Narrative [10]
You Wanna Know You Wanna Know EP Performance [11]
2014 Money Power Fame Automatic [12]
2015 Automatic Narrative [13]
Superlove [14]
Nerve [15]
2016 Everybody Technology Dominar Films [16]
2017 Pretty [17]
Technology [18]
Stay Ignorant Live Footage [19]
T-Shirt Song Performance [20]
Come Out to LA Narrative [21]
2018 Greatness Technology
2019 HALF MAN HALF GOD Single A-Sidefilms Live Footage,Narrative [22]


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  2. ^ Harry Hawcroft. "Don Broco - Interview". Contact Music. Retrieved 10 January 2014. ...'Club Sex Mix' - an old name of our band that didn't stick...
  3. ^ Glen Ferris. "Don Broco interview: What do You Wanna Know?". Red Bull. Retrieved 10 January 2014. @liam_fennessy: Why are you called Don Broco?
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  11. ^ Bhamra, Satvir (11 October 2011). "Don Broco to support Four Year Strong on UK Tour". Amplified. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
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  24. ^ "SharpTone Records Opens With Attila, Miss May I & We Came as Romans on Roster".
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  27. ^ Kerrang!, issue 1774, 25 May 2019, page 8.
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  29. ^ "Album Review: Don Broco - Priorities". AlreadyHeard. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  30. ^ a b Ali Ryland. "Don Broco at Leeds Festival 2013 review". Virtual Festivals. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
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  38. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company".
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