As Imagine Dragons head back to Las Vegas on December 11 to perform at the first night of X107.5’S Holiday Havoc at The Joint, the performance will be a homecoming for a less well-known band in the lineup as well.
Although they’re based out of Provo, Utah, all members of Brumby have roots in Las Vegas. Cousins Oliver, Tyler and Spencer Tingey and long-time friend Dylan Self formed the Americana/alternative band in 2009. The quartet and their families all grew up on Westwind Street—a suburban neighborhood just west of Decatur Boulevard in the southwest part of the Valley.
“Our dads come from a family of 12 kids who all grew up on Westwind,” guitarist Tyler Tingey says. “Most of the family still lives in Las Vegas. That’s a big part of who we are.”
Their home served as inspiration for their four-song EP The Westwind Kid, which allowed them to be placed on the same list as Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees thanks to their victory at the Velour Summer Battle of the Bands in June.
While Las Vegas may be home, most of their music was composed far away from the Valley. Brumby managed to survive a three-year break from 2010 to 2013 when the members all decided to pursue humanitarian work. “At one point, we were on four different continents: I was in England, Spencer was in Mexico, Dylan was here,” Tyler says. “We were writing music and sending it to each other via email.”
Their time apart brought feelings of homesickness and longing for each other’s company, which echoes throughout The Westwind Kid in songs like “High Waters” and “Chariot.”
Now Brumby is reunited and slated to share the stage with Imagine Dragons and Young the Giant–some of their favorite bands.
Leading up to their homecoming performance, the band has been practicing in hopes of gaining some local fans. “The people here don’t really know us, so I think the idea is to capture their attention as quickly as we can,” Oliver says.
Tyler nods in agreement. “This is a big audition for us,” he says.
Performing with Imagine Dragons and Young the Giant
X107.5’s Holiday Havoc, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, The Joint at the Hard Rock, $44.50 and up, HardRockHotel.com.