With the release of their first EP in 5 years just around the corner, GUISE, are pleased to present the next of its featured tracks: ‘Brother In Arms’.
The spidey-senses of Dire Straits fans out there may well be tingling, and rightly so. The title of Guise’s latest single is in direct reference to Mark Knopfler & Co.’s classic ‘Brothers in Arms’; a record that also happened to be a favourite of Jessica Guise’s late and much-loved father
‘Brother In Arms’ marks the start of a long journey, one she and her brother took together after the death of their father when she was only 18. The song deals with the fallout of that loss, and how she and her brother tried to pick up whatever remnants of young life they may have each had, and do their best by his memory. Reflecting on the song she says: “‘Brother in Arms’ (is) a song for my big brother. It’s about him and my lovely dad. He taught us to love Dire Straits and Bob Dylan, and he taught me to play the guitar. He was the absolute best. The song is about my brother and I in the post-apocalyptic world we found ourselves in after he died.”
Watch the Video for Brothers in Arm’s Below.
Though musically poles-apart from the gun-slinging arena rock of the Straits’ trademark sound, ‘Brother In Arms’ posseses a quietly transfixing gravitas of the kind Laura Marling or Laura Veirs can conjure from deep within. From its delicately spindled folk beginnings to its defiant crescendo, a story of heartbreak served with a very real emotional heft unravels that will have listeners wrapt upon every single note.
‘Brother in Arms’ is one of 4 to feature on Guise’s upcoming debut release with Xtra Mile Recordings: ‘The Fun Part’, out March 6th. Recorded between sessions at Reservoir Studios North London in November 2018 and finished during gaps in the band’s various schedules throughout 2019, ‘The Fun Part’ EP finds the singer joining the dots on a decade of life-changing events. From songs reflecting on loved-ones lost and the importance of family, to more earnest expressions on romantic entanglements gone awry, the EP will showcase a quartet of confessional folk-pop songs laden with Jessica’s tongue-in-cheek humour, wry intelligence and shot-through with the honest confidence of life-lessons learned the hard way.
Guise are heading out on their UK Tour shortly supporting Frank Turner you can find the dates below:
SUPPORTING FRANK TURNER
3 – Folkstone, Lea Cliffs Hall
4 – Brighton, Dome
6 – Croydon, The Recreational, Fairfield Hall
7 – Boston, Gliderdrome
8 – York, The Barbican
10 – Middlesbrough, The Empire
11 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
13 – Bath, The Forum
14 – Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
15 – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
16 – Norwich, Waterfront
18 – Winchester, Guildhall
19 – Exeter, Lemongrove
20 – Liverpool, Olympia
21 – Nottingham, Rock City