PRICK AND DING #91: THE SON(S)

Hello lovely people,how are your lives?

I haven’t posted a Prick and Ding interview for a fair while as I have been busy building Warm and Toasty Club futures but quality music told me it was time to get back in the saddle and interview some great emerging artists again so here goes….

THIS WEEKS-THE SON(S)
The Son(s) are from Leith – the dark soul of Edinburgh they tell me.
A former 3 piece now a 1 piece with just 1 son remaining-Karl.
The Son(s) were three men, in a band, in Edinburgh.
One Son went to London and made his fortune in the movies.
Another Son went to Oxford and lives in a small commune there.
The last Son stayed and wrote and recorded these songs.

I have been sitting on this interview for the longest time and I owe an apology to The Son(s) for not sorting it out sooner,sorry guys but life n stuff just came along and kept on going.
Any road up,we are here in the here and now (now) and blow me down with Miley Cyrus’s kaftan if it isn’t already summer,bee’s are a buzzing,people have taken to smiling and the sunshine is turning English peoples overarms and undercarriages bright red all around me.

The real beaut of it (easy on the Aussie lingo this arvo Johnno….defo!) is The Son(s) music sounds blooming great all year round.The last time I checked in they were in the back room of my cranium,giving my brain a winter once over and lifting its sorry state out of some bleak gloom pop fascination and I tell ya what-this music sounds wonderful whilst the sun comes up as well as goes down.
They sound like a mash up of Ray Davies backed by Steve Gadd and Chilly Gonzales and produced by Stereolab with remixes by Midlake.

Warm melody-Tick
Sweet longing melancholy-Tick
Hooks-Tick
Interesting dynamic-Tick
Repeat playability-Tick

I’m looking forward to hearing what the 1 son does next or if the 2 departed sons return to the fold and cook up further family shenanigans or they all fight like cats and dogs then fall out to write brilliant songs(hey from pain comes glory) – whichever way count me in.

I hope you enjoy The Son(s),if you like what you hear feel free to check them out further,buy their wares,catch a show and generally offer goodness to help balance a wicked world,cheers.

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
Well we’ve just released a new Son(s) album “The Things I Love Are Not at Home” (on download & good old vinyl) and I’m rehearsing with a few other musicians in order to play some shows soon. At this precise moment I’m avoiding going Xmas shopping and mulling over whether I should go to “Dune: The Musical” this weekend. Trying to think of a hero. Feeling a little too full of lunch.

*Sorry readers-these Xmas references shows how long ago they sent me the interview – Johnno out,all shame faced n that

2. Favourite childhood memory?

Eating the mars bar I got as a reward for having had the plaster cast sawn off my broken leg aged 5. Making leaky dams in the stream behind the back garden of my Nana & Grandad’s Post Office.

3. Hero?
still thinking.
Well take your pick. There are bastards everywhere. The news is full of them. Watch your step.

4. Villain?
Well take your pick. There are bastards everywhere. The news is full of them. Watch your step.

5. What/who makes you laugh?

Unintentional slapstick. Sometimes intentional slapstick too. Ivor Cutler. You’ve Been Framed. David Mitchell when he’s apoplectic. Charlie Brooker in print and on TV. The Jerk.
Steven Wright. Doug Stanhope.

6. Describe what you do?
Mostly the usual; eating, washing, breathing in and out, sleeping, snoozing, staying in, staying out, watching TV, cooking dinner, buttering toast etc. I make music too. I like writing, recording and singing songs. I usually do that on my own. Though I’m not strict about it.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
I would like Robert De Niro’s taxi driver mohican. Chuck Norris’s beard and Bob Dylan’s old hair. I couldn’t be doing with Bob Geldof or Nick Grimshaw’s hair. How about Diana Ross’s hair? From when it was enormous. Or Troy Polamalu’s hair? (ok I googled that last fella).

8. Best musical experience to date?
Jeff Buckley at La Belle Angel in Edinburgh. La Belle Angel was a tiny wee venue that burned down not long afterwards. I bought a ticket without knowing anything much about him, I certainly hadn’t heard any of his music, so went along on the basis of a couple of reviews I’d read. I & the other 50 or so people there felt like lottery winners.

9. What artist inspires you?
David Shrigley. Slinkachu. Grayson Perry.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
As a listener Fresh On The Net is a great place to find good new music. As a musician it’s a wonderful to have access to an engaged & enthusiastic community of listeners. It’s too easy to make music for the ether.

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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