FM Meets: FAUNA

"The single Didn’t Wanna encapsulates being surrounded by people and wanting nothing more than to go home. We cheered ourselves up by recounting these nights. The song was just about having some fun; all we could do over the past year was rehearse and write new music, so the few nights a week we were able to do so, we made sure we enjoyed it. We even brewed our beer, Didn't Wanna IPA, to coincide with the release and to be enjoyed whilst listening to the track!”
27 June 2021

By Jonathan Currinn

Fauna continues to impress with every new release they drop, and Didn’t Wanna exceeds expectations upon first listen. Full of introverted realness, the band launches into a brilliant alt-indie rock vibe whilst the listeners connect and relate to the lyrical content of rather being at home than wanting to be at a bar surrounded by people who you can barely hear.

This Manchester four-piece has managed to make every listener of Didn’t Wanna reflect on their lives before COVID-19, making us all realize that the things that we are restricted from doing now, due to lockdowns, weren’t as great as we remember them to be. We have all been in situations described in the lyrics of Didn’t Wanna, and Fauna manages to convey the story of not wanting to be out, easily and effortlessly.

The indie-rock style of the song adds to the feel of the track, driving home the message to all its listeners, and although it’s a song about regretting going out, we’re sure this is the track you are waiting to hear live when attending one of their gigs, in the near future. The band has also released their own-brewed beer, Didn’t Wanna IPA, to coincide with the release of the track.

Talking about this track, Fauna said: “Didn’t Wanna was written over lockdown when we all wanted to go for a pint to find a fragment of joy in the situations we naturally recall as good times, but in reality, they never lived up to expectation. The single encapsulates being surrounded by people and wanting nothing more than to go home. We cheered ourselves up by recounting these nights. The song was just about having some fun; all we could do over the past year was rehearse and write new music, so the few nights a week we were able to do so, we made sure we enjoyed it. We even brewed our beer, Didn’t Wanna IPA, to coincide with the release and to be enjoyed whilst listening to the track!”

Hi Fauna, how has the band been lately? Can you tell us more about your new song “Didn’t Wanna”?

Hey!… We’ve been doing pretty good all things considered! For the worst thing to happen to the music industry since X-Factor, the pandemic has treated us pretty well. It’s given us plenty of time to hone our skills and make new music! 

Didn’t wanna came from this period, with us just wanting to have a little fun with what we were writing at the time, all we wanted to do was go for a real pint, this had us thinking of all the nights we went out and it never really lived up to our expectations, it definitely cheered us up to remember these nights.

The track was recorded at Sugar House in St Helens with Lee & Ady, we’ve been working with them since day 1 and they always raise our tracks to another level! 

What inspired you to write this track?

Inspiration came from self pity, all we wanted to do was go out but in reality there were bigger and more important things going on in the world, it felt kind of ignorant and selfish to be worrying about the next pint we’d be able to get our hands on, so we dealt with that by poking fun at ourselves. 

Listeners are bound to connect to the track and relate to it. How important is it to release songs that people will connect with and why?

Oh it’s hugely important to us as a band, it’s all we want to do! We want to connect with people. The only truth left in this bankrupt world is the connections we make with people and music is the best way to do it, a room full of people dancing to the same beat and singing the same words is as pure as life gets. We feel real passion for the things we sing about, and the music we make. If we can make at least one person take a more critical look at the world around them, take a thoughtful moment in the day and realise they can take a different stance on the social issues surrounding us and maybe even do something about it, thats a win for us. Or at the very least give em a good time! 

You’ve also released your very own-brewed beer to coincide with the track, named “Didn’t Wanna IPA”. What was it like to brew your own beer?

Yeah! It was real fun, we weren’t sure how it was going to turn out but we thought at least we’d have a bit of craic whilst nothing else was really going on!

What made you decide to brew your own beer?

We usually like to organise our own gig to promote our singles, get everyone together and have a great night. For obvious reasons that was going to happen this year so we tried to think of some other way to mark the occasion. Sitting at home listening to music with a beer isn’t the worst thing in the world, we thought it’d be great for people to be able to hear our track accompanied with it’s very own beer!

How has the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns affected you as a band?

It’s so hard to tell; regards the bands growth, who knows where we would be if life went on as normal! But it has made us realise how important our online presence is, we’re coming out of lockdown with a better understanding of what people want to see from us apart from great tunes, we need to engage more with people.

Have there been some difficulties, that you’ve had to overcome, being in a band during the pandemic and the lockdowns?

Definitely trying to stay motivated, rehearsing a live set when you’ve no idea when you’ll be playing it next it so hard to do. Also finding things to talk to the people following us about, theres only so many times we can post a picture of us rehearsing. And we didn’t want to do any live streams, I personally didn’t watch a single bands live stream.

Now that the lockdown restrictions are lifting slightly and the pandemic is getting better and the vaccine rollout is going well, how excited are you to gig and perform again?

Its unreal! Its more or less all we talk about as a band these days, theres definitely some nerves there though, we hope we’ve not forgotten how to do it. It’s always been the best part of being in a band so we’re just counting down the days!

And, finally, what can we expect from you for the rest of the year?

Loads! At last we can say that and it be true! 

We’ve another single in the pipeline ready and raring to go! We have a few shows booked in later on in the year, The first being in Blackpool on July 10th, it’ll be a free entry! We want to make it a real party to remember! And we’re at the Castle in Manchester on August 28th playing with some awesome bands and a few more shows to be announced!

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