New Release & Video Premiere: Jessica’s Brother – Getting Obscene

Jessica’s Brother, comprised of singer-songwriter Tom Charleston, drummer Jonny Helm (The Wave Pictures) and bassist Charlie Higgs (Ramshackle Union Band), are set to release their self-titled, debut record this week on July 20th

To celebrate the release, the trio have unveiled the video for their latest single Getting Obscene, which we are delighted to bring you the premiere for!

Take a watch below…

This opening track from their forthcoming album was recorded with help from Darren Hayman and Laurie Sherman at The Booze Cube in Stoke Newington

Channelling the spirit of the Brothers Grimm to create an otherworldly atmosphere, Jessica’s Brother weave their motley influences together making a rich and eclectic vision, with nods to Silver Jews, Jason Molina, Nick Cave, Richard Thompson and Neil Young. There are themes of joy, anger and silliness in a carefully crafted world with a colourful cast of characters

The trio formed in October 2016. Jonny and Charlie worked together in a framing business and had often talked about collaborating in a band together. Fate intervened when Jonny’s girlfriend Jessica introduced him to her brother Tom, and they found a songwriter in waiting. The trio clicked immediately and just nine months later they recorded the album with Laurie Sherman at The Booze Cube in Stoke Newington, with input from Darren Hayman. A few other friends joined them in the studio, including Dan Mayfield (Enderby’s Room), who added a dose of Bad Seeds/Dirty Three vibes on the violin and Paul Rains (Allo Darlin’/Tigercats) lent a hint of country twang on guitar and slide guitar

With Jessica’s Brother, we see Tom Charleston’s songwriting blossoming in to a tour de force. Influenced more by poets than other musicians, he cites John Ashbery, T.S. Eliot and Philip Larkin as inspirations. He is drawn to how they can be irreverent, unassuming and playful, as he explains; “I suppose I wanted to offer something lyrically engaging and hopefully different.” His modestly lofty ambitions have paid off, with ten startling individual vignettes telling their own stories from a variety of narrator’s points of view

He tackles difficult subjects such as gender equality and the destructive nature of masculinity. These can be seen in tracks such as One Of The Guys, about the toxic nature of being one of the guys in a predatory pack, lamenting the masculine essentialism owned and largely perpetuated by the male sex. The single Overnight Horror revolves around the macho-masculine nightmare where, as Charleston explains, “the world has gone head-over-heels shitward and the narrator is reduced to selling his daughter or his wife to stay alive”

Weaving a variety of influences from jangly indie-rock to gothic country and contemplative psych folk, Jessica’s Brother create the sound of a band coming together and getting caught up in the rush of starting new and enjoyable. The instruments clamber over each other in a small room, with Helm’s distinctive drumming counterbalances the gothic guitar thrums and wailing violin

Forthcoming live dates include an album release date this Friday 19 July, at Servant Jazz Quarters, London


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