THIS WEEK: WASUREMONO
Wasuremono is a band based around multi-instrumentalist William Southward who resides in Bradford-on-Avon. I always feel an affinity to a man who records in his shed or attic like William, plus most importantly in inviting Wasuremono to do an interview it was the music which jumped up and gripped me. The music washes over me like a warm shower, in a beautiful field, on a sunny day whilst having you feet kissed by angels – you are getting the same feeling aren’t you? Close your eyes and have a go :)
William has a real talent for soundscapes – when we add to that his ability with melody & song, it suggests Wasuremono is a name to note for the future. And let me not pass over the wonderful textures and fine musicianship provided by the band as a whole: William Southward – vocals, guitars and noises. Madelaine Ryan – backing vocals, keys. Isaac Phillips – drums. Adam Newton – bass. I reckon Wasuremono are well good’n’that – and I’m glad they found us here at Fresh On The Net.
William writes and records in his attic in Bradford-on-Avon, surrounded by old instruments and recording equipment. Inspired by a previous project produced by Ian Grimble (Communion), William learnt how to create unique soundscapes for his own work in the studio. In mid 2013 William recorded & released the self titled debut EP and got the band together to expand the sound.
You voted the wonderful leftfield pop beauty that is ‘Love Again’ (above) onto our Fresh Faves in September ahead of its upcoming release as the band’s next single on 25th November this year .
The band are currently working on their next EP and putting together a live show for 2014.
This is Wasuremono & Prick and Ding 67.
1. What are you up to at the moment?
At this very moment I am sat in a pub with my dog Olive. Musically I am finishing off a bunch of songs on an old 1930’s National Guitar I recently picked up – this thing has its own songs and stories.
2. Favourite childhood memory?
At the time it was probably scary but I managed to get some beads stuck up my nose once – and as my dad was about to take me to hospital I managed to sneeze them out. Must of been one of those Proud Dad moments I reckon.
Working Class Heroes my parents Alan & Julie (might still have those beads up my nose if it wasn’t for them) and musician Jonny Greenwood.
I was known by my girlfriend’s grandpa as “Villain” – he had a hearing problem. I guess it’s an easy mistake to make: William/Villain.
5. What/who makes you laugh?
Dogs in human clothing. I bought my dog a Hawaiian shirt – it was hilarious.
6. Describe what you do?
I write what sort of starts as just instrumental music. It was only the last year I started to write lyrics to these songs and turn them into what became Wasuremono. I have collected a lot of old instruments over the years and I am still collecting – I love to create Soundscapes with them kind of like film music inspired by David Lynch movies. The music needs to grab you and hold you without any vocal parts.
7. Whose hair would you like to have for just one day?
A Grizzly Bear’s.
Wasuremono getting aired on BBC6 music and getting to go inside Abbey Road Studios earlier this year. Seeing Grizzly Bear at the End Of The Road festival 2013.
I saw Jamie Lee from Money do an impromptu acoustic set at End Of The Road – he’s an inspiring character. “You need to take your life in your hands and piss on it, that’s what you need to do… Get beaten up more, make a fool out of yourself in public and you become a good poet”
10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
Fresh On The Net is run by real music lovers – it is the best place to test the water and get feedback on new music. It was crucial for me as it gave me a big confidence boost in knowing that there was an audience for Wasuremono. I Love you :)