Third Outing caught up with Norwich-based Lejon Brames ahead of the release of his hotly anticipated EP Okay, Listen Close. You can stream it now below, followed by a Q&A with the mysterious Canadian maverick.
We must admit, we are very pleased to premiere Lejon Brames' latest EP Okay, Listen Close. Why? Because Lejon Brames is Thomas Little's fun project. The one where he lays down all of his ideas, sets no limits, and where no-one is bothering him or telling him what to do. The freedom he has on this project is clearly reflected in the music. The EP is out now via Hazy Dog Records and as an extra special treat is being premiered right here, right now via @3rd. And remember, follow below for the Thomas Little Q&A...
Thomas Little AKA Lejon Brames. What's the story from Canada to Norwich?
Hey what's up. I'm just some dude who did a year of university in Canada studying business (why?) and dropped out cause...well...not my cup of tea really. The UK was on my horizon. Norwich is a nice little place. I felt connected. UEA was nice to me and gave me a little cheddar. Now I'm here, and I'm feeling good.
How do you describe the sound? We'll give you one sentence...
The aural equivalent of taking your first bite of a Garden Party pizza from Papa Johns with just a hint of creamy garlic dipping sauce on the tip of the slice.
Food envy. Music envy. What triggered the project of Lejon Brames? You've got a few...
To be honest, I just had a really rough summer and was going through some pretty lame stuff, so I just wanted an outlet for it all. The lyrics and music I wanted to write didn't quite fit in with the whole Dazy Crown vibe, my main band, and I wanted to have the complete creative freedom to just write a song, post it, and not think twice about it.
Apart from Lejon Brames, I've got Dazy Crown, which is a band I started around this time last year, and Doctor Bruce's Goose Parade, which is just me and my good buddy Conor Baker jamming some kinda psychy-garage tunes. We don't have any music out yet, but our live shows have been pretty nuts. Probably my favourite times playing live have been with the Goose Parade. Playing drums and singing at the same time is fucking hard, but that kinda just makes it more fun.
"Maybe we'll head to a bar after. Maybe we'll do some karaoke? Drinks all round on me. It'll be good fun. I'd also buy a vegan roast dinner... God damn those look tasty"
We can hear many different sounds in your music. There's always an inspiration...
I definitely don't try to hide my musical inspirations; Courtney Barnett, Black Honey, Mac DeMarco, Twin Peaks; I love 'em all. I like to think that I add a little bit of originality into the mix, but really I'm just happy with the way the tunes turned out so don't really care that much. If people think I'm ripping off other bands, then I'll probably just agree with them!
What would the Thomas Little autobiography so far would be titled?
'The Mostly Mediocre Yet Slightly Interesting Life Of A Dude Who Went Through Way Too Many Phases As A Kid'
Which makes our penultimate question all the more interesting. We're going to give you give you a $100, a packet of cigarettes and a Stone Roses hat. How will the night go?
Oh man let's have it. I'd probably head to some show in London on my own, I'm thinking Mac DeMarco, and make some friends by letting them bum some cigs off me...you know how Mac fans are eh? They're all suckers for hats too. I feel like I could be in my element there. I'll also flash my $100 bill and get all the British kids raving over my funky looking cash. Maybe we'll head to a bar after. Maybe we'll do some karaoke? Drinks all round on me. It'll be good fun. I'd also buy a vegan roast dinner...God damn those look tasty. I'm too poor to get one myself, but with $100 to my name I think I'd be alright. Can I actually have $100 man? I'm hungry over here.