September 27, 2012

Fear of Men

AwkwardSound's inbox gets a flood of new music submissions each day that admittedly one person does not always have the time to give listen to, but blame it on fate when a band by the name of Fear of Men reached out this way with their newest single "Mosaic." Something dangerous about their name caught AS' eye that forced the listen, and within those first few seconds of hitting play, it was one of those rare experiences where you find yourself falling in love with a sound head first and in earnest (of the whirling heartsore Recommended Listen, AS said it's "the kind of song that stays with you immediately upon first hearing it and begs you to dig up everything else out there by them.") Devoid of dozens of tweets and hype machine tastemaker sites spoon-feeding you content before discovering it on your own, it was a natural and therefore, pure admiration. Musically, it's an easy task exploring everything Fear of Men have done to date, as the British girl-boy indie quartet has steadily released a handful of 7"s and demo cassettes (all available on their BandCamp page) since coming together in 2011. Yet, their background is still somewhat of a mystery for American audiences, which in turn makes this bi-local UK act (they split houses between Brighton and London) all that much more alluring. In an interview with Deerlodge, ruby-voiced frontwoman Jess Weiss and guitarist Daniel Falvey recount how the project came about when the two met at an exhibit of Jess' art degree work where she was presenting various ambient soundtracks for shorts films. The two struck up a conversation about writing pop music, and so the first sounds of Fear of Men were later born onto 4-track demos and bedroom laptops. Weiss' friend Mike Miles later joined in on drums alongside newest recruit in bassist Alex Flynn-O’Neill, unmasking their murky DIY sound into an assured body of morbidly romantic dream pop that puts them in good company with the likes of DIIV and Veronica Falls. Fear of Men has since gone on to play shows supporting Best Coast, Former Ghosts and are slated to open on select dates for NYC nu-gazers the Pains of Being Pure At Heart on their forthcoming European tour. The band's next release will be the "Mosaic" b / w "Your Side" 7" on October 15th via Too Pure, and a singles compilation entitled Early Fragments is scheduled to arrive early 2013. By then, digging deep into Google searches for info on Fear of Men shouldn't be so hard.

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