Following the release of ‘100 Goosebumps’, their “motorik noise-pop” single (and the strong Alden Volney-directed video), an inexorably life-affirming and reflective number, lifted from their debut album MEANS (out 20th May on PIAS)…Well. We had no choice but to ask them some questions.
Why did you decide to sign with Play It Again Sam?
We decided to sign with Play It Again Sam not only because of their roster, but because they are the nicest people we’ve met, and they understand exactly what and where we want to take things. They are family and we treasure that beyond everything.
Can you describe your new single ‘100 Goosebumps’?
It’s like a punch in the face. It’s pretty much about doing stupid things and liking it. Yeah. It’s hard to describe music with words.
And give us an inside of shooting the video in a dilapidated old asylum in East London…
It was quite a cool and weird experience. I remember that our drummer rusty couldn’t walk because he got hit by a car the day before so he got loads of painkillers so we had to record the video half tempo. The asylum was really beautiful and cold. I think most of us were sick or feeling ill but we are really lucky to be working with alden volney. He has amazing taste and insanely talented so he saved the whole thing.
Tell us everything we should know about your debut album MEANS.
It’s a introduction of FEWS really. These songs have been around for years now and we’re really glad they are getting out. Like ending a chapter and starting a new one. The album is based on emotions and memories. spanning over a long period of time from california to berlin.
Tell us about your summer shows, what will they be like and why we should be there 🙂
They will be sex-like. Intense and vivid. All-in.
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
All four of us have very different taste and influences. All kinds of different music, literature and art. When it comes to making our own music we pretty much want the same thing though.
What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?
The hardest part in the music industry are the times when it’s more industry and business than music. also not having money for anything. I keep having to sell stuff at home to have enough for rent each month. Sounds depressing but I feel it’s worth it in the end. What else are you gonna do, you know?
Who/what has helped you the most get to where you are today?
Our manager Craig, everyone at PIAS and our friends Dan Carey/Pierre Hall/Alexis Smith (Speedy Wunderground) and Ghostpoet probably. Really don’t think we’d be anywhere without them.
I think what’s helped us a lot as well is our state of minds together as a band. We all want the same thing and usually have the same ideas.
What kind of music do you listen to when you travel?
I’ve made a playlist on spotify for our travels. you can check it HERE.
What’s coming next for you?
We are releasing our debut album ‘MEANS’ through Play It Again Sam may 20th so that’s really really exciting. Other than that we hope to play as much as we can possible live. Everywhere. We’ve got ideas already for album #2 so we’ll see what happens.
MEANS will be available on CD, limited clear vinyl and download and is available to pre-order now HERE
ICYMI…Here’s ‘The Zoo’ and the epic ‘ILL’.
FEWS continue their burgeoning live reputation with a busy summer schedule as follows:
30 Apr – LEEDS – Live At Leeds Festival
01 May – GLASGOW – Stag & Dagger Festival
19-21 May – BRIGHTON – The Great Escape Festival
24 May – CAMBRIDGE – Portland Arms
25 May – LONDON – Sebright Arms
27 May – MANCHESTER – Dot to Dot Festival
28 May – BRISTOL – Dot to Dot Festival
29 May – NOTTINGHAM – Dot to Dot Festival
02 Jun – READING – Purple Turtle
04 Jun – COVENTRY – Kasbah
13-17 Jul – DOUR – Dour Festival
15-17 Jul – LEEUWARDEN – Welcome To The Village Festival
22-24 Jul – TOPCLIFFE – Deer Shed Festival
19-21 Aug – BRECON – Green Man Festival
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM
Photo by Emma Gibney