Kev Jones and Ben Lovett met way back in 2006 through mutual friends and for a while played in a band together. They founded the London Clubnight, Communion in 2007 and since then Ben has become better-known as Mumford &…
Local Natives are playing a sold out show at Hoxton Bar and Grill tonight. Then they’ll be jetting off around Europe before returning to the UK for a tour in February. FFS chatted to the LA 5-piece about their incredible debut Gorilla Manor last time they were in the UK, and what utter gents they were.
Baltimore duo Wye Oak have just released one of the best albums of this year, The Knot could win over the sternest of souls. After self-releasing their debut, they’re now signed to the legendary Merge Records, home to the such luminaries as Arcade Fire, Conor Oberst and Neutral Milk Hotel. The long-time friends answered FFS’s questions about all things Wye Oak.
‘Sparrow and the Workshop’ describe themselves as a Scottish/welsh/American three-piece based in Glasgow who started ‘banging out tunes’ in January 2008. Listening to them you would think they’ve played this music for centuries, combining ethereal melodies with a gothic /country twang that sounds refreshingly original. Considering the length of time the band have been together they have racked up some great gigs including festivals through summer and supporting Idlewild and British Sea Power. FFS’s Kat Nicholls penned some questions to find out how the crazy ride is going so far and where they’re headed….
FFS conducted an embarrassingly protracted email interview with the stupendously heart-warming Gideon Conn this Autumn, but we shall keep it to ourselves no longer. He tells us all about his wide-ranging influences and, most excitingly, his upcoming album.
The Miserable Rich – yet another marvellous band from Brighton’s Willkommen Collective – have just released their brilliant Covers EP with new takes on songs by Iggy Pop and the Eurithmics. Frontman James de Malplaquet answered our questions.
FFS had Caitlin Rose recommended to us by Matt over at Stay Loose, had a chat with Anika about her who’d just discovered her too — through the rather amazing Names Records — and before we knew it we were booking her for our next Allotment show.
From 4-track to Abbey Road studio 2, recording is a process any band has to go through. From my personal perspective as a Dufflefolk, it is of highs and lows. It confirms all your worst fears about a song through its magnifying glass but also appeals to the inner geek, which resides in most musicians. The process can be long or short depending if attempting the Magnus opus of Ok Computer or the instant energy of The Clash first album. Both I feel to be good.
FFS caught an under-the-weather Mechanical Bride before her appearance at Peggy Sue’s sold out headline show at the ICA on Friday in the scarce minutes between her soundcheck and stage call.
Why do FFS interviews always get around to food? Probably cos music and food are our favourite things ever. LoveLikeFire’s Ann Yu is a girl after our own heart, she answers Mary Machin’s questions.