The Newton Brothers
The Newton Brothers— Aka Andy Grush and Taylor Newton Stewart—have combined their unique forces of classical knowledge, instrumental dexterity, and knack for electronics to contribute distinct music to a diverse spectrum of film projects. TNB added chills to Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, emotion to Tony Kaye’s acclaimed classroom drama Detachment, tension to Mike Gunther’s crime thriller Setup (starring Bruce Willis), and black humor to Pawn Shop Chronicles (starring Paul Walker). They recently lent their Newtonian approach to season 2 of the ABC family drama, Chasing Life, STX’s horror thriller The Bye Bye Man, Cage Dive (starring Megan Peta Hill), and reteamed with Mike Flanagan for Before I Wake (starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane), Ouija: Orgin of Evil, and Hush (starring John Gallagher Jr.). The Newton Brothers are currently scoring the Mike Flanagan directed, Netflix film Gerald’s Game.
Andy and Taylor were both learning and making music from a young age, educated and inspired by such wide-ranging influences as Puccini operas, John Williams film scores, and albums by Kraftwerk and Nine Inch Nails. Between the two, they play piano, guitar, bass, clarinet, flute, accordion, sax, harmonica, percussion, organ, kazoo, and cello. They fuse their classical education with a skill and savvy in electronics and manipulated sounds, and capitalize on having two musical heads.
“The collaboration between the two of us really forces us to push our ideas early on,” says Andy. “It’s always easy to pull back on those ideas and rein them in, but we literally talk about pushing boundaries every time we start a new film.”