Emerging Artists #46 – FIANCÉ
April 16, 2013 by Jenny Kiffer
Try to imagine what it would be like if Local Natives and Grizzly Bear had a child. Impossible you say? Well, I thought the same until I heard the two gems posted on Soundcloud by FIANCÉ, who sound like they might actually be it. It is still a wonder to me why no-one in the States has picked them up just yet, but I am utterly convinced it is only a matter of time until their melodic songs and harmonies bewitch everyone just like they’ve bewitched us here at Addict.
How did you get together and why did you decide to make music together?
The three of us, in some way or another, have been playing music together since about the 8th grade. I guess it was because of music that we became such great friends.
You’re from Delaware, I’ve watched Wayne’s World a few times and the only vision I’ve got of Delaware is that, well, there isn’t much there. Is this true? Is this why you’ve been able to produce two great first singles?
Haha, that can definitely be true about this place. But We live in Newark, which is a college town and there is always a tonne going on. As for the first two singles, we really just wanted to focus all our energy on making something we were proud of. I really had no idea what our sound was going to be until we finished ‘Division’ and listened to the final mix.
Where did you get your influences from, and what’s the local scene like over there?
Musically our influences comes from everywhere; I could never begin to pin point it. The songs just write themselves, I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been working with the same people for so long. The local scene here is actually really great.
There are plenty of places for bands to play, and there are some super talented people all over the area. It’s not a huge scene, but everyone seems to somehow know one another through music and I think everyone kind of encourages each other. Not bad!
What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?
The sound just really came out of us being ourselves and having fun. Plus the whole DIY element of production. Jeff (guitars) has a really nice melodic guitar playing style and Tyler thumps on the bass like a champ. When we write together/record, I do all the drums and vocals, I guess when you mash all those elements together hard enough you get FIANCÉ.
What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?
Tyler and I are roomates and have a tonne of music equipment everywhere so I really just wanted to self produce everything. I borrowed two condenser mics from my friend and I own an SM57. All the recording was done with those three mics running into a mixer/computer. Our house has these wide rooms which are great for recording drums.
You haven’t released much and there already seems to be growing attention around you, especially from the UK – any particular reason?
I honestly have no idea. The interweb works in strange ways. We haven’t had any blog postings in the U.S. (to my knowledge) but people in the U.K. seem to be sharing our songs quite a bit. Perhaps we’ll have to move there, as soon as I get a passport…
Do you have any confirmed plans for an album yet and if so what can we expect?
We are actually in the process of writing/recording our next set of songs which will probably amount to an EP. I think it’s safe to say we’ll at least have another single out in less then a month.
What’s up next for the band?
Next we are gonna finish this EP and maybe start playing a few shows here and there. We’re just beginning this whole process since we only really formed about 3 months ago.
Tyler: Woody Allen/James Murphy
Jeff: I like turtles
Andrew: Neil deGrasse Tyson, and David Byrne
When I first listened to your songs I tried to raise £5,000 on FB to release your first 7″, does this make you happy? If so I have five or six pizza boxes that we could use as vinyl covers while I find the remaining £4950.
This makes me very happy! We can design the vinyl to look like a pizza. People won’t know if they should eat it or listen to it… hmm… Actually, maybe we should wait until we have enough money, I don’t want a lawsuit on my hands.