Brother have been forced to change their name to Viva Brother after an Australian Celtic band of the same name threatened the Slough four-piece with legal action.

Australian Brother

are described on their website as "…a rock sound that falls somewhere

between New Model Army and Midnight Oil, with a strong, tribal thread

that brings it all together."

Whereas the British version are posh-rockers of Darling Buds of May, er, fame.

Brit Brother announced their new name at Glastonbury, hoisting aloft a white flag emblazoned with the words Viva Brother.

Viva Brother had been unconcerned about the Aussie band with the same moniker as “they are so small”, but were warned of possible legal action when one of the Celtic ensemble travelled to San Francisco to deliver the boys a writ.

"This guy travelled across America to come to our San Francisco show, fought his way to the front and chucked a 30-page document on my feet while we were playing," Viva Brother bassist Josh Ward told NME. "I said, 'What the fuck's that?' and he went, 'You've been served'.

"It was a writ. They had the power to take our songs off the internet and make our band no more. So we had no choice but to change the name."

To avoid a court battle, Brother decided to change their name to Viva Brother.

Lead singer Lee Newell said: "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away three men decided one day that it would be a good idea to start a band called Brother. Many, many years later four frighteningly handsome devils in the desolate, post apocalyptic wasteland of Slough decided to do the same thing. But something called 'litigation' got in the way.

"However with this out of the way we do finally feel free. Brother is dead. Long Live Viva Brother!"

Not everyone on Twitter is a fan of the Oasis-wannabe band, whatever their new name.

“Also no offense Viva Brother but "we thought nothing about it because they were so small" is pretty much your future spelled out,” wrote spatouttweets.

While richard_king  said: “Viva Brother ! Why Bother more like.”

As some have pointed out on Twitter, the fuss has, at least, garnered the band some shortlived hype.

“So Brother have changed their name and garnered more publicity. But, ultimately, are Viva Brother any better musically? Er…” tweeted LinnB.

Here are Viva Brother in all their rock'n'roll glory on the way to Glasto…


And here are Aussie Brother in action…