Blood Bound: 19 Bands With Family Members

How can family affairs influence musical creativity?

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Apart from being brothers in arms, musicians in famous bands are sometimes genuine brothers (or sisters). Such bond often has interesting consequences, ranging from pure genius to hilarious. Check out our rundown of bands with family members below.


Kicking it off on a heavy note, Pantera's Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul and late great Dimebag forged their own brand of sound alongside Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, resulting in a series of metal must-haves.

The Allman Brothers Band

More southern vibe with true Southern rock icons, the legendary Allman Brothers Band. Similarly to Pantera, the guitar-wielding brother, Duane, is not among us anymore. Frontman Gregg kept the band strong for 45 years, but the Allmans will call it quits lates in 2014, following the departure of Haynes/Trucks guitar duo. Interestingly enough, the band featured another duo of brothers in one of its lineups - the Toler bros.

At the Gates

Swedish death metal greats At the Gates not only feature two brothers in their lineup, but they've include genuine twins in their roster. Anders and Jonas Bjorler helped the band rise to a cult status with their '90s opus and are coming back this year with a brand new effort.


Ranging from genius to ridiculous, the relationship of Oasis' Gallagher brothers is well documented in both classic rock numbers and excessive tabloid reports. Roger Daltrey of the Who recently brought up the idea of reuniting the guys for a benefit show, saying that "blood is thicker than music." Do you think he has a chance?


Not exactly an obvious choice, but Megadeth did feature two brothers in one of its lineups. Back around 2004, brothers Shawn and Glen Drover were handling guitar and drum duties, respectively. As you might already know, Shawn is still bashing skins for the thrash titans.

Kings of Leon

With not two or three, but four brothers, Kings of Leon consist solely of the Followill family members.

The Kinks

Going back a bit, one of quintessential '60s rock bands, the Kinks, was formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. Among the batch of their all-time hits, you're bound to know at least "You Really Got Me."


Still ruling the hard rock domain, Young brothers have been ripping it up with AC/DC for well over four decades. And the boys are still going strong.

Van Halen

Speaking of guitar gods, it's hard not to mention Van Halen. Do you think Eddie would reach the axe master plateau without his brother Alex on drums?


Representing the ladies, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart started jamming together as early as 1963 and are still hitting it strong.


Standing by Thom Yorke's side since the birth of Radiohead, brothers Colin and Jonny Greenwood helped form and define what the alt rock act is all about.

Stone Temple Pilots

With all the drama going on after Scott Weiland's firing, STP's DeLeo brothers, Dean and Robert, found themselves in the limelight of the rock world. As the band's founding members, the brothers are now venturing forth with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington handling the vocal duties.

Arcade Fire

Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire are rightfully ranked among last year's more prominent rock acts thanks to their latest effort "Reflektor." Apart from the other three guys and a gal, the band is led by a sibling duo Win and Will Butler.


Shifting toward the heavy domain once again, French extreme metallers Gojira feature two siblings in their lineup - frontman Joe Duplantier and his brother Mario on drums.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Apart from band leader John Fogerty, rock icons CCR also consisted of John's brother Tom handling the rhythm guitar. Overshadowed by his younger brother, Tom still helped forge the band's distinctive tunes and all-time classics.

Dire Straits

Speaking of musically dominant brothers, Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler was accompanied by his brother David for three years as the group's co-founder before David's band departure in 1980.


Throughout the group's classic period, Cavalera brothers Max and Igor have been ripping it up hard, unleashing a number of groundbreaking records and putting the Brazilian act on the map of the heavy metal world.

My Chemical Romance

Before calling it quits last year, Way brothers Gerard and Mikey had quite a good run with My Chemical Romance. Handling vocal and bass duties, the sibling duo served as the band's driving force for over 12 years.


UG favorites Nickelback are also eligible for the list with Kroeger brothers. Frontman Chad stands out as the band's prominent figure, while his brother Mike's been handling the low end since the group's formation back in 1995.

Got any other family bands to share? The Ramones, the White Stripes (or not)? Let us know in the comments.

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    Angus looks like a dwarf in that photo
    Well, Angus IS tiny. Apparently he likes SG's over Les Pauls because LP's were just too big and heavy for him.
    Yeah, there's no way he could run around, freak out, and jump around carrying a Les Paul.
    Hard to believe that Chevelle wasn't listed on here. Considering the in the original lineup the enitre band was composed of all brothers and the current lineup is two brothers and thier brother in law.
    Yes, of course) By the way, if anyone is interested, here's my (not) complete list (in alphabetical order): 30 Seconds To Mars Airbourne Anathema Arch Enemy Beach Boys Bee Gees Biffy Clyro Cavalera Conspiracy (ex-Sepultura's Cavalera brothers) Chevelle Deicide (with Brian and Eric Hoffman) Devo Escape The Fate Every Time I Die Evile Good Charlotte Haim Halestorm Hanson Iggy & The Stooges (with Dave and Ron Asheton brothers) INXS Kittie Krisiun Lamb Of God Maximum The Hormone Orbital Pierce The Veil Rhapsody Of Fire Sister Sledge Sly and the Family Stone Spandau Ballet Tarot Teagan and Sarah The Black Crowes The Darkness The Everly Brothers The Jackson 5 The Jesus and Mary Chain The National The Replacements
    Jacques Nel
    Also a big fan of Chevelle, but I knew when I started this list that some users will find a band that is not on here to bash the writer about. I'm sure he can't list each and every band with siblings. On the other hand 19 seems to be a number that is one short...
    Halestorm anybody? Singer and drummer. Both consist largely of style over substance, but definitely meet the criteria.
    I find your lack of Chevelle severely disturbing. They used to be three brothers, but the bassist left/was kicked out and now they have their brother-in-law on bass.
    Kittie - Morgan and Mercedes Lander (vocals/rhythm guitar and drums) Escape The Fate (well for a little bit) - Monte and Michael Money (Lead and Rhythm guitar) If this got extended to marriage then Within Temptation coz Sharon and Robert are married
    The first King Crimson lineup was formed out of a group called Giles, Giles and Fripp, featuring a pair of Giles brothers with, of course, Fripp. Only one of them went on to record with Crimson, if I recall. Family influence can happen between bands. John Petrucci appeared on Periphery's "Erised", and Jake Bowen is his nephew. I don't know too many other good examples, though.
    Win Butler looks like an oompa-loompa. Also, look at how fking ugly the Gallaghers were when they were piss poor. Oh, money. It changes everything.
    Anathema, Pain of Salvation ,Sepultura, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Evile, Savatage
    Where the hell is Anathema. It's not like they're some obscure band these days which is one thing... A band which has three brothers, plus a brother and sister is quite extraordinary.
    I've always thought that bands with siblings have such an energy that it unlike no other. Especially when one is rhythm and the other is lead. Cool bands posted. *Lynyard Skynyard*
    link no1
    I'm thinking you could pretty much just say 'Max Cavalera' instead of just Sepultura. I'm somewhat sure that most things that he does involve at least one other family member. I remember seeing Cavalera Conspiracy live and he brought out his kids to play a song with him. He's just, a Family Guy.
    The National? Has two sets of brothers. Eisley is made up of 4 siblings and the cousin of those siblings.
    Predates Rock & Roll but The Carter Family, as the name suggests, was a family of musicians and were pretty influential in style. Also for Arcade Fire Regine and Win are married so that could extend the family.
    You are aware none of the Ramones are actually brothers right?
    oh, i guess didn't realise that, I thought they were at least cousins or something like that but i guess not
    I almost posted "inb4 the Ramones", it makes it worse that your avatar is the Rocket To Russia cover. *facepalm*
    The Avett Brothers, because Scott and Seth are siblings! Or Chris and Rich Robinson in the Black Crowes.
    BarlowGirl (three sisters), For King & Country (two of Rebecca St. James' younger brothers, Joel and Luke), Citizen Way (two sets of brothers).