The Brinks are a rare kind of talent. In fact, they’ve proven as much by earning the praise of soundsmiths as prolific and renowned as Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys), Pusha T, and Pharrell Williams.
The Brinks, the musical partnership of Matt Friedman and Scott Mellis, have been taking the internet by storm since the release of their debut EP Temporary Love in 2015. Since then, they’ve racked up over 8 million streams for the record’s title track and landed at #3 on Hype Machine’s Popular Chart. That’s not to mention the support they received from Pusha, who called the group’s work “incredible” and encouraged his 9+ million followers to listen up.
“I don’t want to say the reception has been surprising,” says Mellis, “but it’s definitely been great. I can’t even describe the exact feeling!”
The Australian vocalist and songwriter needn’t worry about explaining himself. It’s been a fairly incredible journey for him already, moving from his hometown of Melbourne to the U.S. and quickly finding a creative partner in Friedman after friends connected the two for writing sessions.
“We were writing for another artist but we both realized that what we were coming up with was something a little different,” remembers Mellis. “We really liked it, though, so we decided, ‘Let’s focus on this and see how it goes.’”
Friedman on the other hand has spent the past decade or so cutting his teeth in the studio, performing on albums and cooking up beats for some of the biggest names in the rap game like Kid Cudi and LL Cool J. While he still looks back on that time fondly, the New York native felt ready to move in a different direction and found the perfect ally in Mellis.
“We were both looking to do something like this for a long time,” he says.
The music that the two came up with is thoroughly modern music, indebted to the worlds of electronic dance and hiphop production as it is to pure, catchy indie pop. The whole thing is anchored by Friedman’s devilish facility for melody and Mellis’ ability to capture a wealth of emotion in one simple lyric. It’s a fantastic meeting of minds that leaves listeners in awe, keeping the music on repeat.
“We both come from different worlds,” says Friedman. “Scott comes from a singer/songwriter world and I come from a background of rap and dark electronic production. It was the perfect time for us to tap into the sound we wanted to make for ourselves.”
With Temporary Love still racking up acclaim and airplay, the duo will soon be supporting the EP on the road and show no sign of slowing down any time soon.
“We just want to write songs that are memorable, classic and appeal to a lot of different people,” Mellis says. “We really want it all!”