Todd and Ryan Doyle have been singing together their whole lives, and it shows. The brothers come from a musical Buffalo family, and took to singing together in harmony as quickly as less musically inclined bros might have taken to full-blown sibling rivalry.
It was that core of brotherly vocal harmony that made their band More Than Me a major alt-pop draw in the region during its 10-year tenure, eventually earning the band top honors in the 2010 Hard Rock Calling contest and a slot playing before tens of thousands at the London Calling Festival held in London’s Hyde Park, a gig headlined by some guy the locals insisted on calling “Sir Paul.”
It was a bit surprising that, shortly after representing Buffalo on the world’s stage, More Than Me went on hiatus. The Doyle Brothers relocated to New York City where they set about honing a duo act that, just as their Facebook page suggests, blended the readily apparent influences of the Everly Brothers, fun. and Bruno Mars. The brothers assembled a body of songs to pull from that ran the gamut from Great American Songbook to present-day pop and R&B, with their own compositions figuring in the mix as well.
New York is home for the duo now, but Buffalo remains on its radar. Most recently, I caught the Doyles entertaining a packed VIP tent between sets at the Dave Matthews Band’s June appearance at Darien Lake. Charm, confidence, readily apparent talent and the ability to read a crowd worked in the Doyles’ favor on that night.
Now, the guys return for a headlining set at 8 p.m. Friday in Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.). Another uber-talented Buffalo musician, singer and songwriter, Anthony James DeRosa, will handle opening duties. Learn more about the Doyle Brothers’ recent activities through Facebook.com/TheDoyleBrothers.
– Jeff Miers