Janey (Big Stir Digital Single No. 84.5)
Throughout the disorienting and unpredictable first half of 2020, Big Stir Records has hoped that our occasional pandemic-era Surprise Saturday Singles have been among the unexpected bits that have been more delightful than not, especially when they surprise and delight even ourselves. And so it is with the brand new single from one of our longtime favorites, MYLITTLEBROTHER of Cumbria over in the UK! “Janey” b/w “D.E.F.” is out today at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles … and it can safely be taken as a sign of more to come from main man WILL HARRIS and his merry band before this madhouse year is through.
"It's a song of hope, about realizing that despite feeling that everything is going wrong and life is slipping out of reach, you're still doing OK," says singer-pianist Harris of the A-side, which sees release ahead of a virtual festival appearance for the band. It's the public's first taste of what awaits fans in October on mylittlebrother's keenly awaited new album HOWL. The meaning of the cryptically-titled B-side “D.E.F.” is a closely guarded secret, and it appears exclusively here for all to ponder.
Both tunes amply demonstrate what drew BSR founders Christina and Rex to mlb when their band The Armoires landed on a bill with the Cumbrians – Harris, Dan Mason on guitar/vocals, Robin Howson on bass/vocals and Simon Buttress on drums/vocals – in the UK some years back. The band's songs and presentation are somehow both epic and intimate, inviting and personal at the same time. Harris's voice, melodies and charismatic stage presence are all world-class and the new songs from Howl reflects the band's finely-honed live sound, and project the energy of their joyous shows.
As a full band, the four-piece have mastered the art of creating harmonious, insanely catchy songs. Swathed in vocal melody, they use driving electric guitars and piano to deliver upbeat indie-rock that often hides a cynical, sometimes melancholic, darker undertone. And with their winning live presence, it's no surprise that over the past 10 years they have toured with the likes of The Charlatans, Ocean Colour Scene and Eliza Doolittle, and appeared at festivals across Europe including Glastonbury, Benicassim, Latitude, T in the park, Electric Picnic and dozens more. It's that communal spirit that led to us wishing to bring their music to a wider audience, long before we even knew we would be starting a record label. But now here we are, and here are mylittlebrother – better than ever and ready to take on this strange new world. We think you will be able to relate.