PRICK AND DING #22:YELLOWIRE

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:YELLOWIRE

Yellowire are an indie band working out of a boat in London. A few months ago they submitted a song called All Said & Done to our popular feature –The Listening Post. You, the lovely readership/listeners of FOTN, voted it into our Fresh Faves that week.

I felt it, I liked it, I did strange (but bang-on-the-money) space dance moves around the living room furniture to its driving piano motif. I tried to get neighbours to come and join me but they just told me to stop bothering them at 2am in the morning or they would call the Police.

Old Beach of Yellowire. Photo by Ruth Ward

Ol Beach formed Yellowire in 2010.They released a debut album Machines On Fire and 4 singles: ‘Where Is Summer’, ‘One Last Breath’, ‘Starlife’, ‘Machines On Fire’ and ‘Set You Free’ in 2011. They are currently working on new material. Based on the clips of their music online I wouldn’t say that July 12’s single ‘All Said and Done’ represents everything they do by any means, it’s just one that pricked my ears up and I personally ‘felt’.

They make a big noise you see,the sound they go for could be described at times as epic,wide screen technicolor stadium pleasing epic that is, in a U2 indie rock style-ee and they make their music on a boat! Great stuff. I loved their biography line that said they have “a burning desire to make music (preferably on a boat) and share music (preferably with the world.)”. It might be just a coincidence, but the one artist they follow on Soundcloud is Bruce Springsteen – a nifty stadium filler if there ever was one.

I’ll be honest and say I wanted to hear more than 30 second songs clips of some of their big songs they had on Soundcloud to get a fuller picture of what they’re about -but I respect everyone’s choice of how they demonstrate their wares online.

I really like Ol’s voice and the grooves that back it up so well. It’d be intriguing to know whether Ol plays all/most of the instruments but I guess a writer’s inquisitive nature is not as important as the lovely noise they deliver.
FOTN say that Yellowire are well worth checking out either Live(should you get the chance) or on record(Vinyl,CD,Mp3 or whatever format you can get your hands on)

Find them online Website Soundcloud

1. What are you up to at the moment?
Travelling down to Cornwall to record some tracks by the sea. I love it down here and it’s good to get out of London sometimes.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
When Father Christmas was real. We used put out food for the reindeer and they’d always leave a massive mess. It was magic.

3.Hero?
When I was a kid i was really into the free skiing scene. I lived in Switzerland and spent as much time as I could in the mountains. During the winter season when I was at Jazz College I’d head off with my dog on a wednesday evening and ski through til sunday. I never got that good at Jazz but can ski pretty well. Guys like Seth Morrison and Shane McConkey were big heroes.

4. Villain?
Keizer Soze

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Good friends in stupid situations

6. Describe what you do?
I make music, sing songs and try to get my head around other stuff.

7. Whose hair would you like to have for just one day?
Bob Marley

8. Best musical experience to date
Supporting Robbie Williams on a stadium tour of South Africa.

9. What artist inspires you?
There’s so much great music and so many great artists. I love live music because it’s a real chance to watch and learn and is always inspiring. I saw Stevie Wonder at Bestival this year which was immense.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
It’s one of the great places for discovering new music and feeling the vibe. Don’t go away.

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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