RYL: Tell us about your last EP “What’s What”, what it means for you ?
Brother Goose: Thanks for chatting! So, What’s What is probably the most personal thing we’ve ever created to be honest.All the songs are stories of broken friendships, lives as young adults and the struggles that this can offer. It’s a record that makes us very proud to hear but also has a lot of personal sentimental value too.
RYL: Let’s talk about the song “ I Don’t Want To”, what inspired its verses?Brother Goose: This song in particular is about getting in to a routine of being a lazy shit. The verses were inspired by some friends of ours.These people, would laze around sit about and make nothing happen, bone idol. Something that at the time on conception really wound me up.
RYL: Is there a common meaning/theme between all your songs?Brother Goose: In What’s What maybe, yes. But in a general sense, no. Each song is created at a different moment, potentially a different environment and inspired by different things. It all depends on which way the wind is blowing on that day I guess.Our songs can be and will be about anything, anything that takes our fancy at that specific moment when the song reaches its inception.That’s what I love so much about writing especially lyrically, it will always be different, there are so many different variables and factors that will affect this.RYL: Do you remember the day you wrote “Full Speed”?Brother Goose: I actually do… I was sat at home on the end of my bed as it rained tremendously outside, I picked up my guitar, I’d had the three chords whirling around my head all week and needed to write something to compliment them.Thus, full speed was born. It’s a simple song, and was created in about an hour over all, in its first form anyway. I suppose the name Full Speed suits its rather well.
RYL: how do you, usually, write the lyrics and music of your songs?
Brother Goose: There’s no real strict way that I write. Each song is formed via a different creative path. I tend to carry around with me a note book, it’s full of doodles, lyrics, poetry, song ideas, artwork etc etc… sometimes a song will be created just by pulling things from different pages of the book. It’s like a musical bible in a way, only I am no Jesus, Just Calum.More often than not I begin with the music, the structure and the beef of the song, then the lyrics will follow, but this isn’t always the case!
RYL: Which is your favorite song (lyrically speaking)?Brother Goose: That is an almost impossible question for me to answer I’m afraid. If I gave you just one song I’d feel like I’d betrayed a few. I love Nick Cave, some of his lyrics give me the chills.I also adore Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, he has such a descriptive way of writing. Each song he writes seems to creates a bright and extremely colourful painting in my brain. Makes it go all fuzzy.RYL: Which is the most important thing for you while doing music?Brother Goose: To just let it happen I suppose. Don’t force it. Don’t anger the process, the more natural the session, the more real the melody’s, the better the song and the final result I think. Also, lots of coffee!RYL: You will tour soon?… Which is the best show you did so far?
Brother Goose: Yes, we are aiming to tour towards the end of the year actually, hope to see you at a show! Our best show…. There are a few to pick from but I think this years CommonPeople Festival in Southampton was the best. The energy, the sun, the people, the music, the smells, the drink, the fans, the love. Everything was spot on that night.
You can watch a clip from our set here…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfDEu8l7PwgRYL: Which is the last song you wrote (not published yet)?Brother Goose: In fact, it’s the song in the video, ‘ The Way It Is’. This was the first time we’d ever played it live…
RYL: your favorite rock song (because of its verses)?Brother Goose: Best of you, foo fighters. Not just a song that. Anthemic doesn’t even cut it. Gives me the Brother Goosebumps every time. Live, even more so. Good job Dave.RYL: What “Shape Shifter” verses mean to you?Brother Goose: Shapeshifter and the verses in particular are a metaphorical representation of how people change and there is nothing any of us can do to stop that.People will reshape their live, their personalitys and thier beliefs all the time. That’s life, we all Shape shift.