BROKOF is an alternative folk rock band based in Berlin, Germany. The 4-piece band released debut Softly, Softly, Catchee Monkey, including hit Smile, in 2010. „Indie-pop with a side order of folk & noise redolent of artists from Wilco to the Velvet Underground” (BYTE FM).
Sophomore album Side By Side (2012) opened BROKOF’s work to a wider audience as it was highly praised by critics and even got them nick-named as Spree-Beatles. „Put simply: in Brokof, one of Germany’s most interesting folk-rock bands awaits discovery.“ wrote german STERN and Joe Whirlypop of GLITTERHOUSE reviewed it as: „at once classic, international, indebted to the right role models (from the Beatles to No Depression) and above all rich in wonderful choral singing and multi-voice harmonies". WESTZEIT wrote: “BROKOF manage to put their own stamp on indie-folk-pop with a pleasant temperament and gorgeous melodies which never fail to surprise in their contours and never quite end up where the clichés would have them go." and SLEAZE MAG said: „The four Berliners have managed to wrap songs of uncertainty and fragility in an album free from cliche. The band is likeable just for coming from Berlin, the heart of electronic music, and not bothering with a single synth break. Thumbs up for Berlin. It’s about time.“
With Eviction Notice (2015) BROKOF offered a first glimpse of third album Cool Fame (2016) and toured Europe with the EP as a giveaway to their fans. The Genesis of Cool Fame is told by the band like this: „In the summer of 2013 we started playing new songs, sitting at the table in the kitchen of our studio, with just a couple of guitars and recorded demos with our phones. These sessions soon developed their very own magic and we knew that we were looking for something we could’nt name. In fact we did not even think of making a new record. With Puya (Puya Shoary, drummer since 2012) a new element had entered our band and we had to take our time to figure that one out. So we played and played and slowly found an almost mystical feeling of freedom and impartiality that we never ever wanted to loose again. Whatever the outside world would make of that, became absolutely irrelevant to us, we simply enjoyed being on our way.“
Cool Fame hit Top 5 of german campus charts and the ROLLING STONE saw it related to the work of CSNY and The Who and called it „plain and beautiful“. Andreas Körner mused at DNN: „you might guess that the work on the records was stopped whenever the ease got lost on the way, cause that’s what they by all means are: ten absolutely relaxed songs“.
The band recently released Brother Equal (2017), a collaboration with american singer/songwriter Random Willson.