An Interview with Brother Goose

An interview as part of a Uni Assignment, written in May 2014

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Penning a song for Wembley, winning a slot at this year’s Blissfields festival and all on top of writing and recording a new EP. If there’s any band keeping busy in Britain this year it’s Brother Goose.

The Southampton based indie rock band were approached to write a song for Sholing FC that to played at Wembley Stadium during the recent match against West Auckland on May 10th. “It was a pretty ridiculous thing to be asked [in a good way],” says frontman Calum Lintott still in disbelief.  So what was it that inspired the five-piece to write ‘Brothers In Arms’?

“We were a bit stuck to say the least,” says Lintott, “we’d been chatting to various people about the team to find some inspiration lyrically, we found out how close the team were. Someone described it to us as ‘brothers in arms’ and it stuck!” The singer tells Sound Junkie that despite being a ‘football’ song focusing on the close dynamic of the team, ‘Brothers In Arms’ “can be taken in any way anyone wants to view it.” If you happened to catch the game and liked what you heard, the track is available to download for free via the band’s Soundcloud page.

Next on the band’s agenda is touring. “We’re doing a few festivals this summer”, one of which is Blissfields, taking place on 4th and 5th July.  The band won their slot at the Winchester based festival via the Southampton Road To Blissfields competition that was held at The Joiners on 19th April. With only a few months to prepare what have the band got planned? “I’m most looking forward to driving golf buggies around,” jests the frontman. Aside from challenging other local bands to golf buggy drag races however Lintott is determined for the band to put on their best show yet. “I hope we turn a few heads, the right way of course.” The idea then seems to be to have fun whilst gaining some recognition and preferably for their music, not their buggy antics.

Following shortly after this will be a show at Southampton bar Lennon’s on 12th July to launch EP number two. Despite telling us it’s very different to their debut, Lintott leaves us with a mere tease of how it’s going to sound, “the production is a lot rawer, more guitar-y and more driven. You’ll have to have a listen!” What we do know is that it’s going to be very much ‘DIY’. “ We’re doing it all ourselves this time; the recording, the artwork the distribution. It’s all a lot more work, but I think it will make for a better product.”

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