Jessica’s Brother

Jessica’s Brother first started playing together in October 2016 when Jonny Helm (drums, also of The Wave Pictures) asked Charlie Higgs (bass, previously of Ramshackle Union Band) to come and play some songs written by Tom Charleston (Jessica’s Brother). The trio clicked immediately, and just 9 months later recorded the album with Laurie Sherman at The Cube and with Darren Hayman. A few friends joined them in the studio, including Dan Mayfield on violin (Enderby’s Room) and Paul Rains on guitar and slide guitar (Allo Darlin’ / Tigercats).

There are themes of joy, anger, silliness. The characters change, the instruments clamber over each other in a small room. Their shared influences include Silver Jews, Jason Molina, Richard Thompson and Neil Young.

“Jessica’s Brother’s shambling nerdcore is clearly a passion project intended to please only themselves. Good for them. Their pivotal number Polstead Instead, loosely based on the 1976 Jonathan Richman track New England, is a jingling rush that would have headed John Peel’s Festive 50 in another life.” The Guardian

““Jessica’s Brother deliver a gothic English folk tale filtered through Silver Jews and early Pavement, with Mayfield’s dark violin adding a Bad Seeds-y edge. These are just signposts however, there is no derivative homage here. It all feels right, and, as with all the best bands, they make it sound new. Their songs deliver lazy, laconic vocal melodies with a muscular Neil Young flex in the guitars and just a soupçon of The Band in the arrangements. I want to say the last thing we need is another indie-pop supergroup, but I can’t, because Jessica’s Brother are exactly what we need.” Saatchi Art & Music Magazine

“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.” For The Rabbits [Overnight Horror premiere]

“The very first impression after one spin: this is a hell of a debut track. Imagine Mumford & Sons fronted by great vox Conor Oberst, playing amplified Americana folk rock with a spine-tingling edge going up and down like a scary roller coaster. Top!” Turn Up The Volume

“The song seems to draw inspiration from a style akin to simple folk troubadours, but it’s the added instrumentation that elevates the number; I’m personally taking a liking to the light string arrangements haunting the backdrop.” Austin Town Hall

“Indie Americana? Whatever your genre label of choice as debut singles go this one from Jessica’s Brother certainly sets the bar high and heightens expectations for the bands forthcoming full-length.” Beat Surrender