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