Siblings Rocking: Bands with Siblings

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10 April 2021, 10:00

Musical happy families or sibling rivalry? From Oasis to The Cribs, here are the most famous bands featuring siblings.

  1. The Cribs – Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman

    The Wakefield group includes twin brothers Gary and Ryan Jarman, as well as younger brother Ross. Except when they have Johnny Marr as a member. Johnny Marr is NOT their brother.

    READ MORE: How Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl saved the Cribs from splitting

    Ross Jarman, Ryan Jarman and Gary Jarman of The Cribs in 2007

    Ross Jarman, Ryan Jarman and Gary Jarman of The Cribs in 2007.

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  2. Biffy Clyro: Ben and James Johnston

    Biffy Clyro 2020

    Biffy Clyro 2020.

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    Twin brothers James (bass) and Ben (drums) were both born on April 25, 1980. Together with their partner Simon Neil, they form Scotland’s biggest rock trio.

    QUIZ: Do you remember all those Biffy Clyro lyrics?

  3. Haim: Este Haim, Danielle Haim and Alana Haim

    Haim press shot

    Haim are sisters.

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    Press via Chuffmedia


    The three sisters from San Fernando, Los Angeles, made waves in 2013 with their debut album Days Are Gone.

    READ MORE: Haim recalls ‘crowds’ of times Este collapsed at Glastonbury Festival

  4. Kings Of Leon – Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill

    Kings of Leon Press Image

    Kings of Leon Press Image.

    Photo: Press/Matthieu Followill


    Three brothers in a band, plus cousin Matthew. They all seem to get along too. The good thing is.

    READ MORE: The story behind the Kings of Leon name

  5. Arcade Fire – Win and William Butler

    Arcade Fire

    ArcadeFire.

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    Not only the Butler brothers Arcade Firebut Win’s wife, Regine Chassagne, is also on board.

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  6. Doves: Jez and Andy Williams

    Andy Williams, Jimi Goodwin and Jez Williams of Doves

    Andy Williams, Jimi Goodwin and Jez Williams of Doves.

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    The Williams twin brothers played guitar and drums for the Manchester band and put together their own project (minus bassist and vocalist Jimi Goodwin) under the name Black Rivers.

    READ MORE: 25 Classic Manchester Albums

  7. Oasis: Noel and Liam Gallagher

    Liam Gallagher with Noel Gallagher behind, from Oasis posed in the Netherlands in 1994.

    Liam Gallagher with Noel Gallagher behind, from Oasis posed in the Netherlands in 1994.

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    It was Liam’s group. But Liam asked Noel to join. Noel said he would join him if the others did what he told them to do. The superstar waved. Paul Gallagher is their older brother. Paul was not at Oasis.

    READ MORE: Why did Oasis break up? The full story of Liam and Noel Gallagher’s feud…

  8. The Kinks: Ray and Dave Davies

    Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks, January 20, 1976.

    Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks, January 20, 1976.

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    Michael Putland/Getty Images


    Ray was the songwriter, but Dave was the guitarist who actually invented heavy metal with its raw, fuzzy sound. The girls liked Dave too. The duo fought hard throughout their time with The Kinks, but although Dave recently described his relationship with Ray as “toxic”, Ray says the band have reunited for a new album. Who would have thought?

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  9. The Breeders – Kim and Kelley Deal

    Kim and Kelley Deal in The Breeders

    Kim and Kelley Deal in The Breeders.

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    Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty


    Kim Deal’s twin sister Kelley was originally in line to join the Pixies, but it wasn’t until Breeders’ second album, Last Splash, that the pair finally recorded together. Kelley is 11 minutes older.

  10. Radiohead – Colin and Jonny Greenwood

    Radiohead: Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke, Phil Selway, Ed O'Brien

    Radiohead: Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke, Phil Selway, Ed O’Brien.

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    Alex Lake/Press


    Older brother Colin plays bass, while younger brother Jonny handles guitar and keyboard.

    READ MORE: What’s on the cover of Radiohead’s The Bends?

  11. Jet – Nic and Chris Cester

    Jet: Cameron Muncey, Chris Cester, Doug Armstrong and Nic Cester of Jet in October 2002.

    Jet: Cameron Muncey, Chris Cester, Doug Armstrong and Nic Cester of Jet in October 2002.

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    Frontman Nic is the frontman and songwriter, while younger brother Chris is on drums.

    READ MORE: 10 classic hits that were actually cover versions

  12. First aid kit – Johanna and Klara Söderberg

    First aid kit: Klara and Johanna Söderberg

    First aid kit: Klara and Johanna Söderberg.

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    Press Agency/Coda


    The Swedish sisters are currently one of our favorite bands, thanks to their sweet folk touch.

  13. AC/DC – Malcolm and Angus Young

    AC/DC in 1979: Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Angus Young and Bon Scott

    AC/DC in 1979: Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Angus Young and Bon Scott.

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    Archive by Michael Ochs/Getty Images


    Malcolm Young and his younger brother Angus formed the Australian powerhouse in 1973. Glasgow natives, Malcolm and Angus played guitar, but Angus is always the one dressed as a schoolboy. Malcolm sadly passed away in November 2017, at the age of 64.

    READ MORE: AC/DC’s Brian Johnson tells Kelly Jones how Hells Bells were inspired by a real storm

  14. Orbital – Phil and Paul Hartnoll

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    Paul Hartnoll and Phil Hartnoll of Orbital at the Big Chill Music Festival in 2009.

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    Originally recording as DS Building Contractors, the Kent duo take their name from the M25 motorway and have gone on to become one of the UK’s biggest dance bands.

    READ MORE: The longest songs ever recorded

  15. The Stooges – Ron and Scott Asheton

    The Stooges in 1969: Scott Asheton, Ron Asheton, Dave Alexander and Iggy Pop

    The Stooges in 1969: Scott Asheton, Ron Asheton, Dave Alexander and Iggy Pop.

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    Archive by Michael Ochs/Getty Images


    The band that propelled Iggy Pop to fame was the brainchild of the Asheton brothers – Ron on guitar and Scott “Rock Action” Asheton on drums. Both are unfortunately no longer with us: Ron died in 2009 and Scott in March 2014.

    QUIZ: Can you remember the lyrics to Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life perfectly?

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