Broods’ Georgia Nott can’t deny her pop roots 

click to enlarge New Zealand brother and sister Georgia and Caleb Nott are Broods. - COURTESY  PHOTO
  • New Zealand brother and sister Georgia and Caleb Nott are Broods.
When New Zealander Georgia Nott was young, her parents took her to wedding and church concerts they performed with her aunt and uncle as an ABBA tribute band. “I couldn’t walk at the time, so I would sit beside the stage in a car seat. But it’s funny – I wasn’t allowed to go to their shows any more at one point, because I’d try to sing along too much. My parents learned pretty quickly that I was not a quiet child, so they were like, ‘Uh, we should probably get a babysitter!’”

The knack for performing never left Nott. Now 20, she sings gentle, restrained lead in Broods, the electronic-rock duo she formed with her multi-instrumentalist brother Caleb Nott, 22. They play San Francisco this weekend.

She never lost her love of ABBA, either. Songs from the siblings’ debut “Evergreen” (such as “Bridges,” “Everytime,” and a funereal “Sober”) feel like that Swedish supergroup’s catalog classics, but through a dark, flickering kaleidoscope.

“ABBA made some of the best pop music – their melodies, harmonies and instrumentation were super-genius,” she says. “So we still listen to old-school pop for inspiration.”

Nott remembers the first time she sang in front of an actual audience – a captive one: “It was at my granddad’s birthday, I was like 9 or 10, and I sang the Kelly Clarkson song ‘Breakaway’ to all my cousins, aunts, uncles and my granddad’s friends. I was so nervous, I was really shaky and horrible.”

But afterward, so many relatives complimented her, she decided to pursue singing. “So then performing turned into writing, and writing turned into recording,” she adds. Although she first imagined a Corrs-classy quartet, with Caleb on guitar and her two kid sisters on violin and drums, she ended up forming The Peasants with her brother and two cousins.

That band won a high school song competition and caught the ear of one of its judges, Joel Little, a producer known for working with Lorde. With his seasoned input, the kids pared down to a duo in 2013 and found their synth-textured sound.

“Joel helped us create something that we didn’t quite know how to create,” Nott says.

Nott has matured as a composer, too. “Bridges” concerns a painful breakup, and “Mother and Father” is about the fear she experienced finally moving out on her own. “For me, it’s about releasing any negative feelings I have. That’s why I write so many sad songs. So we’re a bit more moody than ABBA. Although ABBA still did moody stuff, like ‘The Winner Takes It All.’ That is a really sad song!”



Where: Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. March 7

Tickets: $20 to $23

Contact: (888) 929-7849,

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