Familiar Creatures
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Familiar Creatures

Folk Rock

Familiar Creatures’ are fast, brass-infested and full of political vigour. An original trumpet lead 6 piece from London, the band offer a refreshing take to the local gig scene.

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Familiar Creatures’ are fast, brass-infested and full of political vigour. An original trumpet lead 6 piece from London, the band offer a refreshing take to the local gig scene.


2013 has been a break out year for London-based band Familiar Creatures. Their music is up-tempo and filled with the magical trumpet lines of one-girl brass section Jessie Barnard. The vocals, sung by Irish front man, Brian Kelly, are a powerful and refreshing tonic to the overcooked sounds of the indie folk/rock scene. Jay Ramsurrun (Lead Guitar) delivers classy riffs, while the rhythm section of Muiris O Donnchu (Keys), Arwyn Davies (Bass) and Dan Jenkinson (Drums) dish out solid, eclectic, grooves.  Despite their recent beginnings, the Creatures' curious, danceable sound has already landed them on the playlists of BBC 6 and BBC London. As well as playing regularly across London the band also featured at this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Dublin, celebrating the best in new Irish music.  Random band facts: Familiar Creatures are tri-lingual (English, Welsh and Irish). Their favourite chord is C sharp minor 7th and their drummer has a very real and extremely justified fear of crows.  ​The Creatures’ goal is to attract management and booking agency interest, with a view to lining up a full gig and festival schedule for the 2013.


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Q. How did you first get into playing music?

FC have backgrounds from all over the UK. Some of us are Irish, some Welsh, some English and we've all lived in Europe/Africa at some stage of our lives. With such a multi-cultural background, it would be impossible not to be inspired by music and want to play out our lives to other people.

Q. How long have you been performing?

Since childhood - all of us are self taught and been playing since our early school days. Performance is what we live to do and we love nothing more then treading the stage (followed by some swifty's to celebrate). Sadly, performance is becoming harder and harder to survive by in today's current climate - something we hope will correctly re-balance.

Q. How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

Bonkers mad trumpet lead political folk rock...

Q. What makes your music unique?

The above question! But seriously...we have something to say for ourselves, which I don't think a lot of bands do now days. We all follow current affairs and the independent press and try to talk about a lot of today's injustices using our music. Throw in some wild trumpets and funky beats and you have something truly unique. Everything is live and under produced too.

Q. What inspires you to write songs?

The world is always taking one step back...fighting amongst ourselves seems more important than progress it seems. We we're brought up with music so it fits naturally into what we want to do full time - talk about the things we love and the things we hate and put it out there.

Q. What have been your best and worst gig experiences?

With the terrible gig system employed by most promoters, it would be unfair on those who had paid to see us to by commenting on a bad gigs. You have to put your all into everything.

Q. If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?

The band have a right mix of influences, Louie Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis you name it. But seeing as I am writing the interview - I'm going to go for De Capo by Love!

Q. What do you get up to when you’re not making music?

I work in a recording studio full time, the others are students of criminal forensic science to environmental law!

Q. What are your goals at the moment?

Just to crack on and try and get through this sticky patch for music.

Q. What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or gigs lined up?

We are not gigging currently as London needs a new way of doing things. We are due to record some more material in the next few weeks and build our profile from that instead, until the right gigging opportunity comes along.

Q. What do you think of Unsigned Band Review?

Anything to help unsigned music can only be a good thing right?

Q. What is the name of the last track that you wrote and what is it about?

Aside from it all - its about a journey and loosing your marbles.

Q. What was the music scene like where you grew up?

Hull, very very quiet. Although you'd get recognition for being local at least, unlike London.


Act name: Familiar Creatures

Reviews of: Familiar Creatures - Keep The Kids Pinned In (1)

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  • I'm partial to a Brass Section and would be impressed to hear one used in an original way. OK - Familiar Creatures only have a trumpet so maybe I'm expecting too much. Maybe I always expect too much ? This track is a strange mixture - it's not really coherent but there's a interesting variety of influences at work. Johnathan Richman type quirkiness, odd Oirish Lead Vocals, dubby type organ and the Mariachi Trumpet. It feels like they're scrabbling around looking for a unique sound (which I applaud) but haven't quite nailed it yet. Odd but Promising ...