Singer-song­writer Bri­die Monds-Wat­son on Jack Coul­ter’s paint­ings and why ‘Atyp­i­cal’ strikes a chord

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I never read a book straight through, so I al­ways have about five books on the go. At the mo­ment I’m read­ing po­ems by An­drea Gib­son,

Hunger Makes Me a Mod­ern Girl by Car­rie Brown­stein and King Ink by Nick Cave. That’s a col­lec­tion of po­etry, writ­ing and lyrics, and it’s got a lot of his draw­ings too, it’s re­ally cool.


I live in Manch­ester now and just went to a restau­rant called Aus­trala­sia. It’s a place for spe­cial oc­ca­sions – I was cel­e­brat­ing fin­ish­ing my al­bum, and my girl­friend and I dressed up quite fancy for it. They serve Asian fu­sion food as small dishes, like ta­pas. The oc­to­pus balls were par­tic­u­larly nice.


I re­ally like Cameron Es­pos­ito. She had a pod­cast called Queery in which she in­ter­views other co­me­di­ans and LGBT women. She knows the ques­tions to ask and she’s funny about it, which makes it a lighter topic.


I recorded my al­bum in Lon­don and had a lot of chill time, so I’ve been to al­most ev­ery mu­si­cal in the West End, on my own. My favourite show was Mood Mu­sic, which showed at The Old Vic. Seána Ker­slake was in it, and she was in­cred­i­ble. The idea is that the stage doesn’t change at all. De­pend­ing on what area of the stage they’re on, they’re in a dif­fer­ent room. It was an in­cred­i­ble thing to watch.


Re­cently I’ve been ad­mir­ing the work of Jack Coul­ter, who’s from Belfast. I’ve never seen any­one work from brush to can­vas that way with­out us­ing a com­puter. He has synes­the­sia, so when he hears some­thing, it cre­ates a vis­ual im­age for him, and he paints that.


I’d say Ber­lin. I re­ally like go­ing to a city with not that many plans and see­ing what hap­pens, and that’s the per­fect city for it. It’s a cre­ative place, al­though less so as it gets gen­tri­fied. When I go, I stay in Michel­berger by the east wall and it’s the best place. It’s as if some­one got a load of stuff from a dump and did it up so it looks re­ally pol­ished, and the rooms are com­pact and cosy.


I’ve been lis­ten­ing to a lot of Bro­ken So­cial Scene re­cently. I like the most re­cent one [Hug

of Thun­der] but You For­got It in Peo­ple is my favourite, it’s like Pink Floyd but poppy and in 2002. An­thems for a Seven­teen Year-Old Girl is the most nos­tal­gic song in the world.


I love Ti­mothée Cha­la­met. He just did an in­ter­view with Harry Styles from One Di­rec­tion for Vice and they talked loads about how they can be ef­fem­i­nate but mas­cu­line at the same time. It’s an in­cred­i­ble in­ter­view not least be­cause they’re both mas­sive le­gends.


The last one I en­joyed was Phil Tag­gart’s

Slacker Pod­cast. We’re friends, he’s from Omagh. He in­ter­views bands like Wolf Alice – that was a re­ally good episode – and Slaves, and he’s very funny.

So­cial me­dia pro­file

There’s an artist called Snail­mail (@snail­mail­band) and her Twit­ter posts are re­ally funny. There’s one bet­ter than that: @per­fumege­nius. He’s funny and he hits the nail on the head ev­ery time. His mu­sic is sim­i­lar.

TV show

Atyp­i­cal on Net­flix is about a kid, Sam, who’s autis­tic, and how he goes through high school with those strug­gles. My lit­tle brother is autis­tic so I know how ac­cu­rate it is. The first se­ries con­cen­trated on Sam, but the new sec­ond se­ries goes into the com­mon is­sues the fam­i­lies face. They have to ex­ag­ger­ate parts of it, as all TV shows do, do but it’s nice to see a pro­gramme ac­cu­rately tackle autism whilst also be­ing en­ter­tain­ing.


I just watched The Life Aquatic. My girl­friend watches films based on the Rot­ten Toma­toes re­view and The Life Aquatic doesn’t qual­ify, so I watched it on my own and it was fan­tas­tic. Any­thing by Wes An­der­son is high-qual­ity. But it’s not his top movie – that would be The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel. ■ Soak plays Oh Yeah Mu­sic Cen­tre, Belfast (Nov 26th) and The Grand So­cial, Dublin (27th).

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