Musical Rooms

February 27, 2008

Musical Rooms Part 15: Our Brother the Native

Filed under: Interviews,Music,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 2:25 pm


“The place I make music, is in my mom’s house, specifically the basement and the living room. The living room has lots of natural light from all the windows, and my mom has decorated it with a lot of country and rustic feel. It is very warm, inviting and an encouraging place to play/write on the piano.

The basement however, is more for my other side. This is where all the electronics and amps reside. I like playing down there at night with only a little bit of light. i have spent my whole life down there in one way or another and i feel much closeness within the concrete walls. The family belongings and cluttered storage makes somewhat of a fortress for when I want to escape.

There are various things I need to have down there – I like to have some of my writings in case a song starts to develop and fit with a particular verse I had written prior. And of course I need some sort of instrument with me, usually my banjo. I come home four days a week to work, the rest of the time is spent at school. But when I am home I try and isolate myself and get as much done as I can because i know there will be a few days where I unfortunately won’t have access to my music stuff.

Due to school commitments, I have to have schedule for making music, but if I get some really great ideas I may drive home one night, or definitely write them down. I like to be alone in these spaces, so silence is key, no distractions, and that can be hard with my family living there. What I love about it though, is that I grew up in it, and it has aged with me. it is comfortable and familiar to me.”


Recipients of CD of the Week from Jim Carroll in last Friday’s Ticket, Our Brother the Native are three US teenagers – John-Michael Foss, Chaz Knapp and Josh Bertram (who sent the above piece) – who make eerie, exceptional music. Their album, was released last week on Fatcat. For more information on the band, including tracks, visit

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