1 August 2014

Familiar Creatures release debut E.P.

Familiar Creatures debut E.P.

Familiar Creatures release debut E.P. 

Since forming in 2012, Familiar Creatures have developed an authentic, consistent and cohesive sound. And it’s there to hear on their debut EP – released on 9th June 2014. It’s a sincere, joyous record made up of five of their best-loved tracks – and speaks of everything from marital breakdowns to the comfort of music. It’s a magical set of tunes, by a group who clearly enjoy making interesting, popular music.

Everyone loves the trumpet. But no other band uses it quite like Familiar Creatures. Solo trumpetess, Jessie Barnard, and Irish singer/songwriter Brian Kelly create a unique sound and atmosphere – unlike anything you’ve heard before. It’s a combination that’s landed them festival slots across the British Isles and has won them instant critical acclaim.

The band got together in 2012, due to a beautiful twist of fate: "I'd just moved to London, from Berlin" Brian explains "I was coming home from work one day when I heard this gorgeous trumpet line spilling out of a building on my street. It was amazing. So I went straight up to the door and kept knocking until Jessie answered. And that was that."

The pair didn’t waste any time and soon added drums, bass and lead guitar to the line-up. Familiar Creatures found plenty of common ground and inspiration in the music of Paul Simon, Dr John and Fela Kuti; in roots artists like Midnight and Steel Pulse; traditional song-smiths like Leadbelly and Luke Kelly; as well as in indie groups like The Smiths and Manic Street Preachers; and even Michael Jackson. Brian says: “We all wanted to create something that sounded fresh and interesting, something melodic but unpredictable”.

Asked how she would describe Familiar Creatures' sound, Jessie replies, "It's too hard. What I can say is, that when you see us live, Dan and Arwyn on drums and bass are going to make you dance; Brian's lyrics will get you thinking; and I’m going to do my best to get a beautiful trumpet fanfare stuck in your head.

The EP launch party will be on Thursday 5th June 2014:

Familiar Creatures + Dylan Morgan + Michael Mullinger
From 8pm at The Miller, London Bridge

96 Snowsfields Road
London Bridge 
SE1 3SS 

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