Weston brothers in pop with plan to put smile back into music

Quirky music duo George and Freddie Barnett of Weston on the cover of their debut EP, Playground Antics.
Quirky music duo George and Freddie Barnett of Weston on the cover of their debut EP, Playground Antics.
  • Village duo Alfie Jack ‘live the dream’ of releasing new EP

A pair of musical brothers from Weston have taken a giant step towards taking their songs to a wider audience after releasing their debut mini-album.

Playground Antics is the first ever EP (extended play) from Alfie Jack, the middle names of George (22) and Freddie Barnett (19) who perform under the same name.

The EP, which includes the brothers’ catchy, schooldays-themed song Uniform, comes nearly three years after Alfie Jack’s big break of reaching the area finals of Open Mic UK.

George said: “We love the sort of music that bands like Madness, The Smiths, The Coral and The Jam play, so that sort of influence has gone into Playground Antics.

“At the moment, you have a lot of people who are singer-songwriters that are producing songs with a serious edge.

“But we want to bring back a bit of fun to pop music and we’ve found people who are keen to work with that.”

We want to bring back a bit of fun to pop music and we’ve found people who are keen to work with that

George Barnett of Alfie Jack

George and Freddie went from building a fan base in Spalding through its Youth Takeover group, responsible for events including Acoustic Cafe at the annual Music in the Market Place, to signing a promotional deal last summer.

But over the last 12 months, Alfie Jack has found new management and a new producer who also works with Kevin Rowland of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, most famous for the 1983 UK number one single Come on Eileen.

Freddie said: “We’ve always wanted to have our own voice and our own style, but we’ve also been quite lucky in finding a manager and producer who are both in London which is really the place to find people who can help push your music.

“We were quite young and naive when we started out musically, thinking that we’d just get signed up and live the dream.”

Alfie Jack hope to release another five-song E next spring and receive invites to some of the top musical festivals in the UK.

Freddie said: “The more we do and the more we work, we realise just how much you have to put in yourself and now both of us feel as if we’ve become a lot more of what we want to be.”

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