Jason Brown & band picture by Mudkiss Photography.

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is guitarist par excellence of Brix & The Extricated. Led by Brix Smith-Start ex of The Fall and featuring brothers Steve & Paul Hanley, stalwart rhythm section of said band (some say the best in their history – me too) and also featuring Steve Trafford from one of my more recent Fall favs “Fall Heads Roll”, Brix & The Extricated are the obvious next chapter from two great Fall memoirs “The Big Midweek” (Steve Hanley) and “The Rise The Fall The Rise” (Brix) and have gone from playing Brix Fall era classics like “Hotel Bloedel” to old favs like “Totally Wired” to some great new original material, and there’s an album on the way on Blang Records.

With a cheeky name referencing the Fall album after Brix’s split from Mark E Smith, the only member not Extricated from The Fall is this man, but he’s now definitely implicated in their indelible legacy and a bright future to come. He also plays acoustically in a band called Parent who’s album has been getting rave reviews on John Robb’s Louder Than War site. Welcome to VS, Jason Brown!

There’s still about a week to listen to new songs by Brix & The Extricated on the Marc Riley show on 6Music – check it out here…

Or watch them play “Pneumatic Violet” in the Live Room on 6Music right here…

And here’s some more on Parent…introduced by Jason…

“On another note if you have any taste for acoustic music you may like to know I released an acoustic album last year too with Parent which you can check out here: “


But what has Jason chosen as his “song for ewe”, it’s over to him with no further ado…

“I only recently got introduced to Santaolalla in 2016 (not personally of course) and I quickly succumbed.

I’m a sucker for repetition and a hypnotic groove and “De Ushuaia a la Quiaca” for me is an example of how these common, simple yet highly effective musical features transcend genre.

The main theme repeats so much that it’s down to the arrangement and dynamics to make the tune work. If there were words I guess it’s the story that would carry us through but not in this case. Close your eyes and allow yourself just to BE for 4 minutes.”








and look out for the new record coming soon on Blang Records