Everyone knows you don’t release music between Christmas and New Year right? Well obviously nobody told Jessica’s Brother, as today we’re taking a brief holiday break to premiere the band’s brilliant new single, Overnight Horror. The track arrives ahead of a high-profile January show supporting The Surfing Magazines and Pete Astor at The Winter Sprinter.
For those who don’t know, Jessica’s Brother are a new project fronted by songwriter Tom Charleston, alongside Wave Pictures drummer Jonny Helm and former Ramshackle Union Band bassist, Charlie Higgs. The band only started playing together in October last year, but within nine months they had already produced their debut record. That album, recorded with Laurie Sherman and Darren Hayman and features contributions from Allo Darlin’s Paul Rains and Enderby’s Room’s Dan Mayfield, will be out later in 2018 on Fika Recordings.
Overnight Horror is not just the first taster of Jessica’s Brothers new record it is also the first song they’ve ever put on the internet. Musically, it’s a stunning combination of gothic-country and 1960’s inspired psych-folk, simultaneously downbeat and expansive. The influence of Jason Molina is clear in the croaked vocal, while the guitar playing has a Neil Young-like virtuosity and there’s even room for some deliciously atmospheric violin flourishes. Discussing the inspiration behind the track, Tom has suggested Overnight Horror is, “a fever-dream about the corruption of greed and the ill-fated pursuit of material over family and friends. It is a dark story, told by a delirious man who’s left haunted by what he’s done”. Which in some ways is exactly the sort of song you need after a few too many days of Christmas excess, the path to future enlightenment might just start with listening to Jessica’s Brother.
Overnight Horror is out via Fika Recordings. Click HERE for more information on Jessica’s Brother.