Braintree: Nineties chart successes Next of Kin on the comeback trail

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree: Nineties chart successes Next of Kin on the comeback trail Braintree: Nineties chart successes Next of Kin on the comeback trail

A band of brothers who experienced chart success in their teenage years are playing a homecoming gig in aid of charity.

Next of Kin shot into the top 20 of the UK chart in 1999 with their debut single 24 Hours From You, which was co-written by Go West’s Gary Stevenson.

The group, featuring Braintree residents Nathan, Mark and Kieran Bass, were aged between 13 and 18 at the height of their fame.

The family connection and the age of the group drew instant comparisons with American pop rockers Hanson, who are most famous for the 1997 single MmmBop.

Although Next of Kin’s follow-up single More Love also entered the charts that year, the brothers’ brush with pop stardom was ultimately short-lived.

But the band remained together and, with a more mature rock sound, have been in Los Angeles this year recording tracks with renowned country songwriter Steve Dorff.

And their music is already gaining attention, as new song Mars was played in an episode of American show Beverley Hills 90210.

The group, currently unsigned, is on the lookout for management to launch a second assault at the charts.

* Next of Kin will be playing a charity concert tonight at Marks Farm Community Centre, Dunstable Drive, Braintree, in aid of Farleigh Hospice.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10, which includes a buffet.

For more information about Next of Kin, visit facebook.com/nextofkin13

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