The first track I heard on Rob Bravery’s MySpace was “Hedonistic Graveyard”, and it was a particularly exciting moment in the project because I could hear how we got here from the original seed (the path: Charlie Williams –> Four Quartets –> Rob Bravery)…he has the instrumental delight of Mira Mira, with a touch of Sharples’ low-key delivery. I actually followed my ears to the connection. Awesome.
How did you get started playing music?
I picked up a few power chords on the guitar with the sole purpose of joining my older brother’s metal band Mongolian Clusterfuck (I was 14). Eventually I started teaching myself piano, which is now my main instrument.
What was the first recording you ever purchased?
Siamese Dream (Smashing Pumpkins) – Still in my top ten
How would you describe the music you play now?
I suppose strange, piano-led pop. Tough question, I like interesting chord progressions, lyrics etc.
You are a multi-instrumentalist – is there any particular instrument you love best? Or one that you wish you could play?
My favourite to play would be the drums, at least for the first 10 minutes. After that I’m physically incapable. I wish I could play the spoons like my dad.
Who would you consider your musical inspiration?
Elliott Smith, Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, Stephen Malkmus (there are loads more).
If you could pick a perfect lineup (dead or alive) for a show where you were the headliner, who would it be?
Aside from the above, I’d have Rufus Wainwright, Neil Young, possibly my old man on watering can. RATM. All the greats.
what attracts you to a particular song? An artist?
Initially tasteful lyrics ie. not ‘my life is brilliant..’ In most cases thoughtful chordal and melodic developments.
Who is one person I should be listening to right this very moment? Why does their work get you excited?
I’m a big fan of Four Quartets (Rob Sharples’s new project). He’s a great songwriter. I’m also eagerly awaiting the respective forthcoming releases of Joanna Newsom and Dr Dog.
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