PRICK AND DING #17a:MYLITTLEBROTHER

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!

THIS WEEK : MYLITTLEBROTHER

Based in Carlisle mylittlebrother is Will Harris (when recording) plus a group of interchanging people (when playing live). I’ve really liked the music Will and others make as mylittlebrother ever since early August – when NoseDive  was submitted to our Listening Post and subsequently voted by the public into that week’s Fresh Faves.

It was the initial echoes of Tunng that first got me with NoseDive (below), but gradually Will’s songs begin to open up other ear-welcoming possibilities. They sound somewhat familiar yet not quite like anyone else – certainly a big plus point in having big dollops of their own MyLittleBrother-ness on show.

Will Harris aka MyLittleBrother

And here’s a new word from me on this blog: ‘jaunty’. This is ‘jaunty’ music: modern folk bop that’s not afraid to show its gentle side. I think the band shows great potential – if they continue to hone their soundand grow their songwriting skills still further they’ll be knocking about for a good while yet. Nosedive is the title track of their recently-released free-to-download EP and they’re already currently working on a followup.

Meanswhile their new single called Lovers of Life, Unite can be heard – and indeed bought for the princely sum of 50p – on their Bandcamp . As Will writes “It will be available as a free download from 3rd October, but if you fancy helping me out and paying a bit for it, that would be lovely too! Either way, thanks for listening”

I like their 60’s songwriting vibe they have, and the fact that they have that “warm and toasty” style I’m into – check it out on  Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter. I say a big YES to mylittlebrother – what say you, fair Fresh On The Net readers?

1. What are you up to at the moment?
Not a great deal, to be honest. I’ve been ill for the past week so I’ve mostly been curled up in a ball watching Buffy Box-Sets and drinking tea.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
My family went inter-railing around France for a fortnight when I was 7. I only remember bits, but I was a bit of a train geek as a kid, so I got very excited about it.

3. Hero?
Spongebob

4. Villain?
Plankton

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Basically anything I’m not supposed to laugh at. If I’m ever at a super-serious occasion, I’ll probably start giggling. That, and Arrested Development – The best programme to have ever graced TV.

6. Describe what you do?
I write and record music. My only great ambition is that my songs (and limited production skills) improve. I also climb rocks and mountains. It clears the head like nothing else on earth.

7. Whose hair would you like to have for just one day?
Dusty Springfield, maybe? It would be worth it just to see the look on my girlfriend’s face..

8. Best musical experience to date?
A total fluke.. I was in Memphis with my brother when BB King was playing a homecoming gig at his bar on Beale Street. It’s amazing to have that level of showmanship while sitting on a stool. It was mindblowing.

9. What artist inspires you?
So many.. I love Jason Lytle and Grandaddy. I love the way he goes from shouting, distortion and noise, to gentle, sweet melody. I’m also influenced by loads of 60s bands; The Left Banke, The Zombies, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Turtles.. It would seem I like 60s bands with ‘The’ in the name

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
To be honest, up until a few weeks ago I hadn’t even heard of it, but since finding it I’ve discovered dozens of wonderful new bands and been played on 6 Music.. So it’s been a pretty fast moving love affair really!

 


Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom’s legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music – having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

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