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Ticklish Brother is a 2-person band, formed in 1996 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The core of our music is acoustic guitar and harmony vocals, combined with offbeat writing. It's fun music to make you happy! We believe in energy, commitment, authenticity, beauty, and raw vitality in music, and both our performances and CD attempt to say 'no thank you' to the compromises and bleaching of big-money commercial mainstream music. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised. Please check out our website for further information and the latest news. Thank you very much. Enjoy!
Why this name?
The band is named after Justin's little brother, Kevin. Back when he was only 6 years old, he was one of our biggest fans. If you listen carefully at the very end of the CD, you can hear him being tickled and laughing his head off.
Do you play live?
We love playing live, though we haven't in some time, since we've been living in different parts of the country. We are working on some recordings toward the release of a new CD, tentatively in 2008. We've had a lot of great shows, and some of our favourites were our appearances on CBC Radio, both on local Morning Shows and the nationally broadcast Madly Off In All Directions with Lorne Elliott. We've also had memorable performances at conferences, poetry festivals, and private parties. In January 2007, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the band with a concert in Cambridge, Ontario, and in November we ran a music-video-making workshop at the Labrador Creative Arts Festival in Goose Bay, Labrador.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet just explodes the whole concept of the music industry. Every aspect is affected, from writing to recording and distribution. It fascilitates the flow of ideas, provides access to things like gear and software, and allows bands to reach an audience without the need to sign onto a contract which restricts their ability to make music as they see fit. Perhaps best of all, it lets people find and listen to music that they otherwise would never have the opportunity to hear, and that's just an amazing thing.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
You know, probably not. Having to change what we did to suit someone's slanted view of a capitalist agenda would pretty much take away from our music all the things that make it worth listening to. We think that it's generally better to be in control of what you do. Plus, when you look at the economics of it, most bands who sign major label contracts actually make little or no money. It's only when you've managed to make a number of hit albums that you're able to regain some control over what you record and start making a decent living.
Ticklish Brother formed in 1996 while both members were in their first year of the BFA Theatre program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Two friends who get along really well, Byron and Justin began writing and performing songs together, developing a very loyal and appreciative local audience. We have a huge amount of fun writing and developing our songs, and love to perform to such enthusiastic audiences as we have been fortunate to have. Some highlights include two appearances on CBC Radio's Madly Off In All Directions, with Lorne Elliott. Our first CD, entitled "Practicality At Its Maximum" was released October 13, 2000. It was lovingly produced by Justin, and appears on the fledgling label Very Nice Records. A new album is in the works.
Our musical influences are extremely varied. Byron grew up with a lot of rock -- everything from the Beatles to Slayer. Justin, on the other hand, grew up with a lot of British Folk (Pentangle, Bert Jansch), medieval and classical music. Other influences include music of pretty much every style from all over the world. We just love music!