O BRO // A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE COEN BROTHERS
St Georges Bristol - April 25th, 2014 | Tickets £16 adv.
From inspired selections of catchy pop songs and faithful recreations of old-time country, blues and folk, to striking original scores by Carter Burwell, the movie soundtracks of Joel and Ethan Coen are as pleasurable as the films themselves, and are firm favourites amongst musicians. We have put together a bill of such artists to mix their own music in with their favourite songs from Coen Brothers films in an evening’s celebration of their work and style.
We’ve been getting together with the artists involved to find out more about them, their music, their favourite movies, and their relationship to the Coen Brothers’ work.
THE PICTISH TRAIL | THE O BRO INTERVIEW
Johnny Lynch, aka The Pictish Trail, is something of a conundrum. On first impressions, he’s a self-deprecating hairy hobo whose on-stage banter could give many comedians a run for their money. But once he begins to sing, Lynch’s extraordinary vocals reveal hidden depths that can subdue the most rowdy of audiences into a blissfully hypnotised silence.
1. Where is home for you? Where are you from?
Home is my rucksack at the moment, and the couch of whichever kind soul has offered to put me up. Normally it’s my caravan on the island of Eigg, but i’m touring so much at the moment that i’m barely there. My heart is always there. And my favourite jacket, annoyingly.
2. What are your top 3 movies of all time, right now?
My top 3 fill-ums haven’t changed in the past 15 years, which probably says more about how little I watch films than anything else. Number 1 is Fargo. Number 2 is Rushmore. Number 3 is Jaws. Or maybe Home Alone. I think it’s probably Home Alone, actually, cos i know almost all the lines to that film: “Did anyone order me a plain cheese?” / “Oh yeah we did, but if you want any, someone’s gonna have to barf it all up, cos it’s GONE”
3. What’s your favourite Coen Brothers film?
It’s Fargo. I love everything about it. The bleakness of the setting, the earnestness of the characters, the pace of the dialogue, those accents. It’s hilarious, and incredibly dark at the same time. I love how they pretended it was based on real events, when it was completely fictional. The audience is lulled in to this feeling of watching something ‘real’, and the fact they immersed it in the Mid-West somehow made it all the more authentic - and yet, really, it’s so wooden in places it’s almost pantomime. Incredibly clever. Such a great cast, too. It’s America’s best film, it sums up how dull, lifeless and normal America can be. I love it for the small things - the fact that Marge never gives birth, the leg in the woodchipper, the awkward dinner date with an old high-school class mate. It’s strangely comforting and harrowing in the same measure. A bit like Home Alone, really.
4. What can we expect from your set for “O Bro”?
Probably me doing a really bad Mid-West impersonation. Oh yah, you betcha. I’ve been asked to do a really famous song at the gig, which is always a bit daunting. I might encourage folk to sing-along, actually - so be sure and have a stiff drink beforehand, so you can pluck up the courage.
5. Where else should we be looking out for you?
I’m heading out on tour in May, and doing two shows at the Old Bookshop in Bristol, including a showcase for my record label, featuring The Pictish Trail, Tuff Love and Monoganon. Three attractive pop-rock acts, with hearts of gold.