The White Bicycles

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 White Bicycles are a 3 piece from Falmouth,Cornwall.

Hello lovely people,how’s your lives?

I’ve not had the chance to publish Prick and Ding interviews lately,I’ve been otherwise engaged with a Snippet release & accompanying gigs and lots of work on The Warm and Toasty Club that has kept me very busy indeed.Accordingly I have a number of artists who have been waiting on me getting my act together and publish some of their greatinterviews(sorry).

Well I’m here now sweet children and you needn’t be sad anymore or have allowed my absence to have stopped you from leaving the house or eating or talking to people, dry your eyes mate because Prick and Ding is back! Interviews with the best new music artists around – well for a week at least,until my life gets taken over again with stuff!

Anyways;I’ve told you before-its not me,its you! Its the music that’s the key here,I am just the guy who captures a whisper on the wind and puts it into print and what a whisper we have for you this week-the super splendidly special ‘The White Bicycles’.

They make music to guide you through life,this is a soundtrack to your relationships,your ups,your down’s,your summer days & your ever afters. Its gentle,it takes its time and its lovely.

If you have come here today for some boom boom shake the room overdriven guitar noise with ethereal men/women ad hoc vocal screaming then turn around & gently close the door because you are in the wrong place at the wrong time sucker! Failing that,come back another week-I’ll see what i can do ;).

The band are made up of Matthew Howes,Ryan Nolan & Jack Curnow and they have been busy playing some great live dates supporting the likes of Slow Club and they have 2 very fine EP releases to their name so far which are well worth checking out,the self titled EP and Volume I: Elegy

Its not the easiest thing in the world to pull off this kind of dreamy melodic pop music.They allow their songs to breath and trust their abilities to leave the space in between the notes.You can hear the modern influences on their sound plus their gently layered sound has an lighter echo of the great Prefab Sprout which is never a bad thing.
Keep your eyes peeled for these guys as they are only 3 minutes away from something big.
Good luck guys,look forward to seeing your upward trajectory.

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1.What are you up to at the moment?
A number of things. We’re currently in our last 2 weeks of university, so getting that all wrapped up. We’ve been rehearsing pretty much non stop the last few weeks and the live set is really coming together. We’ve also been demoing some new material, which is sounding great and is very exciting. We’ve really being embracing the melancholy recently.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
I grew up in a pretty cool place, proper countryside. My whole childhood is basically memories of playing in the woods, fields, lakes that kind of thing. It sounds a bit overly iddylic, but it honestly was just that.

3. Hero?
Hero…I don’t think I have one.. But I’ll tell you who I admire massively, Nick Hornby. He’s got a book called 31 songs. I felt like he was reading my mind when I read it.

4. Villain?
Jake Bugg is my villain right now. I find his music infuriating.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Paul Rudd has me in stitches in the vast majority of his films. I watched 40 year old Virgin for the first time in a while the other day and he’s such a drip in it, it’s fantastic.

6. Describe what you do?
I sulk in song form.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
Johnny Bravo’s, because I’d love to say ‘man I’m pretty’ to a girl and get away with it.

8. Best musical experience to date?
We played a gig at a place called the barefoot amphitheatre in cornwall and it was pretty unbelievable. The stage was literally on the edge of a cliff, like if we fell off the back, that would have been that. I don’t know what could beat playing or watching a gig with panoramic sea views, it was breath taking.

9. What artist inspires you?
There are an awful lot of them of course. But Arcade Fire are probably the ones. The lyrics to Afterlife get me everytime at the moment. ‘When love is gone, where does it go?’ I think that’s such an amazing line.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
It means someone is listening and we are doing something right. It’s encouraging and exciting and not to mention a great source of information.



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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