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!


The Pickled Onions are from Dublin & they number just one man-Paddy McGovern.Paddy plays everything himself & what a gorgeous sound he makes,right up my boulevard.

My ears pricked up as soon as they dropped into the FOTN dropbox in the last few weeks.

*(MUSIC ARTISTS- Please remember the Fresh On The Net Dropbox is open from Mon-Thu every week so send us your finest song).

YOU in turn voted The Pickled Onions onto last weeks Fresh Faves with their corker ‘Dead Zone’ (nice one general public & friends of FOTN)- a song good enough to lift the dust off any downtrodden spirit.

What marks The Pickled Onions out as a fine act for the future? Well its their way with a groove of course,their choice of instrumentation,voice & sound( dare I use my favourite phrase? – their warm & toasty sound),their appreciation of pop giants who have carved the paths so we can all walk them & furrow out our very own routes.Its also in their recognition that things don’t need to be complicated to get your message over,not plain or simple but to trust the groove as Mario would trust the fungus.

I think they shout out what Prick and Ding & FOTN are all about-finding a new sweet sound echoing out of the nations bedrooms,back rooms,sheds & garages so we can in turn can deliver it to you & your laptop,mobile phone or super stacked,super racked PC Tower.

For The Pickled Onions I think their debut release will be a great opportunity to showcase the promise they have begun to deliver on with ‘Let me in’ & ‘Dead Zone’.

As I often say-there’s beauty in the margins & the joy to be found in the leftfield is a gift that continues to give long after the practitioners of the dead straight & centre route have run out of idea’s.

My advice is you seek out Paddy & his crunchy yet sweet Pickled Onion’s at the earliest opportunity.

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
I’m preparing to convert my garage into a home studio, decorating a new house with my girlfriend and finishing off my E.P “The Woods”.

2. Favorite childhood memory?
Family holiday with my parents two brother and  two sisters sleeping in the back of a car in a car park somewhere around the Wirral in Liverpool because we hadn’t booked a hotel! It was National Lampoons stuff.

3. Hero?
Tim Heidecker, this guy is a fearless comic, has relentless conviction in what he’s doing and never gives up the game. He also pens unnervingly good mock-folk songs under the name “Heidecker and Wood”.  Ridiculously themed songs pulled together by classic rock/pop arrangements, great musicianship and just a glimmer of a wry smile. See “Starting From Nowhere”.

4. Villain?
Split decision between Simon Cowell and Chuck Lorre. Too hard to call.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
There’s a wealth of comedic talent around at the moment, anything by Tim and Eric (Awesome show/Tom goes to the Mayor), Matt Berry (Garth Menengi’s dark place/Snuffbox) , Limmy show, Stewart Lee, Chris Lilly (Summer Heights High), Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, Jon Glaser’s Delocated, Alan Partridge’s book, Dj Dougg Pound’s Poundcast, Mark Wooton’s (Shirley Ghostman) Peter Sellers and Eric Idol’s waiter character from “The Meaning of Life”. All of these people make the world a better place.

6. Describe what you do?
I write and produce music in my bedroom. At the moment as “The Pickled Onions” and as “Alphamono” for more electronicky stuff.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
Tough one I’d have to say Donald Trumps. It looks like some kind of carpet sample that escaped from a warehouse and roughly settled on his head. It would be good fun (for a day).

8. Best musical experience to date?
Cashing in a cheque for 16 euros from radio royalties a couple of years ago!  Heady heights.

9. What artist inspires you?
The Beatles forever:), Elliott Smith was a one off for my generation and in my mind the best/most interesting singer songwriter on the planet at the time , Super Furry Animals never disappoint me, The Beta Band had a splendid sound and continue to delight me under “Steve Mason” and “The Aliens” respectively. On the more electronic side of things I’ve been a big fan of Royksopp for a long time and have been loving Lindstroms stuff recently. Also Vitalic is a one man force of nature. Album of the moment for me is “Like Clockwork” by Queens of the Stone Age. These guys are ridiculously talented.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
A welcome opportunity to share some songs.

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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