10 Bands with Siblings

What was the inspiration for Dramatic Sneezer, Nathaniel and Nicole Hardwick’s band in The Rock Star’s Wife series?  A number of real-world bands with siblings, of course.  Here are 10:

30 Seconds to Mars

30 Seconds to Mars
Thirty Seconds to Mars performing in Padova, Italy on July 14, 2013. Photographer: Melissa Coarezza. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0.

30 Seconds to Mars, also written Thirty Seconds to Mars, was founded by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.  Jared is the front man and plays guitar.  Shannon plays drums.  The brothers have had bandmates (Tomo Miličević, Matt Wachter and Solon Bixler) in the past but are currently a duo.

The band has released six albums, most recently It’s the End of the World but It’s a Beautiful Day.

Chevelle

Chevelle
Chevelle. Epic Records. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Chevelle formed in 1995 and was founded by brothers Pete (frontman and guitar), Sam (drums), and Joe Loeffler (bass).  Joe departed in 2004 and was replaced with Sam and Pete’s brother-in-law Dean Bernardini.  This kept them a band of brothers, the Loefflers said.  Bernardini left the band in late 2019.

The band has released nine albums plus a full length B-sides album.

Collective Soul

Collective Soul
Collective Soul. Photographer: John Colden. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0.

Collective Soul formed in 1992 and is comprised of brothers Ed (frontman) and Dean Roland (rhythm guitar) along with Jesse Triplett (lead guitar), Will Turpin (bass), and Johnny Rabb (drums).

The band has released 11 albums.

Halestorm

Halestorm
Halestorm at Paaspop 2014. Photographer: Achim Raschka. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.

Halestorm is unique on this list insomuch as it is the only band with a brother and sister. Lzzy (frontwoman and guitar) and Arejay Hale (drums) formed the band in 1997 when they were still children.  The band’s name is a play on their surname.  Other current members are Joe Hottinger (guitar) and Josh Smith (bass).

The band has released five albums.

Highly Suspect

Highly Suspect
Highly Suspect. Photographer: Abby Gillardi. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Highly Suspect is comprised of twins Rich (bass) and Ryan Meyer (drums) along with Johnny Stevens (frontman and guitar), and Matt Kofos (guitar).

The band, which formed in 2009, has released four albums.

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance at Rock en Seine Festival, August 2011. Photographer: Lara Janssen.
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My Chemical Romance, also called MCR or My Chem, is comprised of brothers Gerard (frontman) and Mikey Way (bass) along with Frank Iero (rhythm guitar) and Ray Toro (lead guitar).

The band, which was founded in 2001, has released four albums.

Oasis

Oasis
Oasis performing in San Diego on September 18, 2005. Photographer: Will Fresch. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0.

Oasis founded in 1991 and included brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher.  The brothers in-fighting led to the band’s demise in 2009 and caused news multiple times since thanks to the brothers’ publicly hurled insults and refusals to reconcile.

The band released seven albums.

Nickleback

Nickelback
Nickelback at AMAs 2011 Red Carpet. Photographer: JKMusicGroup. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Nickelback formed in 1995. It is composed of brothers Chad (frontman and guitar) and Mike Kroeger (bass) along with Ryan Peake (guitar) and Daniel Adair (drums).

The band has released 10 albums.

Pantera

Pantera
Pantera performing with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante at their reunion show in Mexico. Photographer: DiegoVigueras. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Pantera has experienced a few lineup changes over its history.  At its peak in the late 1990s/early 2000s, it consisted of brothers Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums) along with Phil Anselmo (frontman) and Rex Brown (bass).  The band was founded in 1981 and broke up in 2003.  It reunited in 2022, but Dimebag and Vinnie have both passed away.

The band has released nine albums.

Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace
Three Days Grace at Rock am Ring 2015. Photographer: Jan Brauer. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Formed in 1992 as Groundswell, the band has been performing as Three Days Grace since 1997.  It is comprised of brothers Matt (frontman) and Brad Walst (bass) along with Barry Stock (guitar) and Neil Sanderson (drums).  Matt replaced former frontman Adam Gontier in 2013.

The band has released seven albums.

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