BENJAMIN SPIKE SAUNDERS
Bristol’s worst aspiring stand-up and best bedroom pop-rock star shares ‘Delicate’
Debut EP Tonsil Wife out 18th October via Leisure Records
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness a thing called ‘Tonsil Wife’. Benjamin Spike Saunders, Bristol-based lo-fi acoustic artist, will today be taking the first step towards a life of eternal bliss, sharing with the congregation ‘Delicate’, the first of his vows to his Tonsil Wife, a beautiful, heart-wrenching track that warmly invites you into Benjamin’s world. Pre-order the EP here.
Benjamin reveals his creative process: “So, I was on FaceTime to my Dad showing him the most beautiful chords I had ever fumbled together in a tuning that featured 3 strings tuned to the same note. Dad asked “Are you going to make it into a song?” and I replied “Probably not, I don’t want to ruin them with my nasal whining” ….Eight reverse backing vocals, one brief toilet visit and an awful keyboard later ‘Delicate’ was hatched between my clammy legs.”
The video, which features Benjamin doing his best Casper the Friendly Ghost impression in his kitchen, was created by Marie Dutton. Benjamin Spike Saunders will be joining in full matrimony with his Tonsil Wife on October 18th, with assistance from Leisure Records.
Benjamin Spike Saunders wants to do standup, but he’s too much of a coward. Instead, Benjamin decided to stick to what he knows: button collecting, making creepy dolls, and writing music in his room.
Benjamin has been ever-present in Bristol for years now, as part of Rink, Kier and as part of fast-rising punks Cruelty, recently stepping into the limelight as a solo musician. ‘Tonsil Wife’ is his first ill-fated shot at stardom; a collection of songs written and recorded in Benjamin’s room over the last few years via whatever microphones he could get his hands on – but mostly via his phone. (Fun Fact: Benjamin has several times been cornered and asked what tape machine he records to and he has been too embarrassed to admit he just uses his i-Phone SE).
Snapshots and sketches, the fragility of the songs often make it feel like you’re peeping through a floorboard crack into Benjamin’s bedroom. Lead single ‘Delicate’ shimmers and glitches under the soft guitars, deceptively layered and rich, whilst ‘Ernest’, a touching tribute to Benjamin’s late grandfather features Fenne Lily on backing vocals.
Last year, Benjamin shared his solo project for the first time with debut track ‘Long Friend’. The darkly funny video for the track earned Benjamin and director Marie Dutton slots at BFI Future Films Festival, BF Artist Film Festival and Beer Town Film Festival. Benjamin has also dipped his considerable toe into live performances, playing at Dot to Dot Festival, supporting John Myrtle and for a MS Society charity evening.
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