Meath duo, Brother Josh release their sophomore single, ‘Waves’ today, June 2nd. Josh says of the track, “Waves was my first GarageBand (iPhone app) project, I was messing around with its keyboard and discovered some instruments I hadn’t heard of, like the erhu featured throughout the tune. It was initially recorded entirely on the phone with me singing through my headphone mic and I was shocked this was possible, of course we re-recorded it in a studio (Oblivion) and guitars, bass etc. were added in along with proper mics for vocals .
The collision of a number of key factors and the freedom afforded by the lockdowns inspired the Irish musician Josh Bass, aka as Brother Josh, to craft his own songs and sound, and the first creation off his post-lockdown production line was a gritty original single called ‘Crawl Back’, which was released to critical acclaim back in February.
As Josh himself explains, “The absence of work made the lockdowns a difficult time for musicians. Apart from the lack of income, most felt cut adrift by the absence of that magical connection between musicians and fans in the live context.” Fortunately, Josh found an app called Garage Band which inspired him to find his songwriting voice. He then discovered he could lay down cool demos of his songs on his phone and upload the recordings for overhauling in a fully-equipped studio.
Josh’s equally musical cousin, Daz Bass joined the project before noted Bulgarian Yanko Genov helped pull it all together in the studio. The result is a string of intriguing tracks including the debut single ‘Crawl Back’ and the new single ‘Waves’
More positive reactions followed. Alan Corr of RTÉ Entertainment described ‘Crawl Back’ as “a vaudevillian waltz of doom” and Jackie Hayden of Hot Press said, ‘Crawl Back’ is where post-lockdown passion meets high-intensity drama. We need more if it.”
And more of it you shall have. Ladies and gentlemen… ‘Waves’!