He wanted to put a band together to make the music swimming around in his head and he wanted to play live. Little Doses are the silver lining to the snow cloud. Kirsten Ross sings all the time, beautifully. In fact I'm suprised she doesn't sing in her sleep. She was always first choice to put meaning to the words, even from the first demos.
Add to that the fact she is a feisty, opinionated bundle of trouble, what more could you ask for in a lead singer? The Branagh (Michael to his mum) had met Mark in London a few years previous at the never glamorous Colombia hotel. "I'd just seen him play with Degrassi and it was a stormer of a gig, Northern Irish people can sometimes gravitate towards each other in some mystical way. We stayed up into the night drinking and having a time. With a classic drummer's attitude, he hits them hard, very versatile and likes to experiment.
When I heard that Degrassi were taking a break he gave him the call. " Bringing the big licks is Mike Skinner, his versatile and inventive playing style punctuate the songs and features all across Little Doses' new recordings. We've dragged Mike right to the edge of his comfort zone and it sounds awesome. A master in atmospherics and noise Chris Alderson lays warmth and buzz, spills and heartache across the stage. Chris has played previously with Edinburgh's Kays Lavelle. Little Doses' debut album, "Rock Riot Soul" is due to be released in March 2012.
Recorded and mixed by Mark in a studio that took over his house for a period, it's a labour of love. Varied influences from the imaginations of each band member course through its veins, making it sound very Little Doses. Live highlights so far have been playing at The Wickerman festival, T in the Fringe, T break and support slots with the Buzzcocks and Union of Knives. While Kirsten Ross' vocals have invited comparisons to P.J Harvey and Stevi Nicks, the pounding rhythm section of Mark McClelland (Snow Patrol) and Michael Branagh (Degrassi) comes over like a beefed up Grandaddy taking Elastica's best hooks to the prom with a half bottle of Makers Mark in one pocket and a three pack of Trojan in the other! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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