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Published on July 9th, 2009 | by darraghdoyle


A giddy interview with The Brilliant Things

The Brilliant Things are opening Oxegen 2009 today, with the Artane Band no less. They’re playing the main stage at 2pm. They’re a “brand new offering of intelligent synth-pop” apparently. Greg and Marie are the wonderful duo in the band.

Greg French, a multi-instrumentalist, has worked as both house and assistant engineers in many top international studios, working with artists such as The Corrs, Van Morrison, Mutt Lang and Brian Eno.

Marie Junior has grown up in the music environment, her father being a musician and band manager, who worked with many illustrious groups. Marie previously embarked on a solo career under the name Sweet T, gaining an Irish Chart’s Top 40 placing with her take on The Mekan’s “I Love a Millionaire“.

The Brilliant Things write their own often cheekily cynical material, and are currently fashioning the songs for their first album release under the guidance of Corrs producer Olle Romo.

I met up with them on Tuesday evening to have a chat. Boy, what a chat. Given they’ve been working and rehearsing so much of late, it was great to meet up and find out more about them. First though, an acoustic version of their song “Rise” – played on piano for the first time apparently!

And now the interview. One day I’ll publish the extra 20 minutes or so of footage – basically outtakes, slagging and abuse – from this interview. As tired as we were – and God knows we all were – it was good fun and the talent of both Greg and Marie is enough to ensure their success.

You can find The Brilliant Things online here and follow them on twitter here. Good luck in Oxegen! 🙂 – get a preview of what their gig will be like here!

A big thanks to Peter for arranging, to Greg and Marie for the opportunity and to Anto and Stephanie for the sterling camera work and laughter 🙂

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3 Responses to A giddy interview with The Brilliant Things

  1. Sinéad says:

    Great interview, looking forward to hearing more from these two.

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