|Origin||Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, England|
Fenech-Soler are an English electropop band from Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, England, that formed in 2006 and consists of two members: Ross Duffy and Ben Duffy. Founding members Daniel Fenech-Soler and Andrew Lindsay left the band in 2016. The name Fenech-Soler is taken from Daniel Soler's full surname, which is Maltese. The band's sound has been compared to Friendly Fires and Delphic for their "hybrid of summery indie and big dance-inflected melodies". Fenech-Soler are signed to So Recordings.
Fenech-Soler's self-titled debut studio album was released in 2010 and included three singles. The single "Stop and Stare" was named by BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James as 'Record of the Week' and 'Weekend Anthem' and Dutch public broadcaster NOS used "Demons" as an anthem for their 2010–11 UEFA Champions League broadcasts. Both "Lies" and "Demons" were playlisted by Radio 1. The band recorded a Radio 1 Live Lounge session for Jo Whiley in February 2011.
On 13 March 2011, it was announced that Ben Duffy had been diagnosed with testicular cancer and would have to undergo a course of chemotherapy. This caused the cancellation of the nine-date UK tour. The cancer was diagnosed in its early stages and two months later it was announced that the treatment was '100% successful' and Duffy was 'now in complete remission'. The band returned to a busy summer schedule of 23 festivals including Glastonbury and V Festival. Fenech-Soler donated all proceeds from their 18 April 2011 single "Stop and Stare" to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The band released their second album, Rituals, on 30 September 2013. The release of the album was announced following the announcement of a UK tour, which coincided with the release of the single "Magnetic" in March. The album's second single, "Last Forever", was released early in September prior to the album.
In addition to their own work, they are also known for their remix work, including a remix of "Self Control" by Sunday Girl, "Kickstarts" by Example,"MY KZ, YR BF" by Everything Everything and "Hollywood" by Marina and the Diamonds.
Fenech-Soler co-wrote and featured on the Groove Armada track "Paper Romance", taken from their latest album Black Light. Fenech-Soler have appeared on C4's EVO Rooms, NME Takeover and BBC Switch.
Awards and nominations
- 2010: Q Award nomination
- 2011: Nomination for the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards under the "Dance/Electronica" category for "Lies".
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2009||The Cult of Romance|
|2013||iTunes Festival: London 2013
|2014||Stop and Stare EP
As lead artist
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2010||"Stop and Stare"||106
|"Stop and Stare"||—|
|2012||"All I Know"||—||Rituals|
As featuring artist
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
(Groove Armada featuring Fenech-Soler and SaintSaviour)
|"In Our Blood"|
- Original independently-released Moda Music releases. Both tracks feature on self-titled album and were later re-released with new remixes.
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- "Electric atmosphere at Fenech-Soler's Peterborough show".
- BBC - Fenech-Soler biography
- Fenech Soler (18 February 2011). "Fenech-Soler - Do It Like A Dude (Radio 1 Live Lounge Cover)" – via YouTube.
- "Fenech-Soler singer Ben Duffy says he's battling cancer - BBC Newsbeat" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Fenech-Soler cancel UK tour as singer is diagnosed with cancer - NME". 14 March 2011.
- "Fenech-Soler talk about a busy summer of festivals, battling cancer and album number two".
- Fenech-Soler website: Fenech-Soler support White Lies and Kelis
- Fenech-Soler website: Bristol and Manchester Robyn shows announced
- "Example confirms Fenech-Soler as UK tour support". 5 August 2011.
- "Stereoboard.com: Fenech Soler confirm November UK tour dates". StereoBoard.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "Fenech-Soler on Making Music, Touring and Their New 'Kaleidoscope' EP". Provenance Magazine.
- TuneGenie. "Fenech-Soler".
- "BBC - Switch Videos - The 5:19 Show - Fenech-Soler".
- Fenech Soler
- "Fenech-Soler". Independentmusicawards.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- CHART: CLUK Update 9.10.2010 (wk39)
- CHART: CLUK Update 12.10.2013 (wk40)
- CHART: CLUK Update 1.05.2010 (wk16)
- CHART: CLUK Update 2.10.2010 (wk38)
- CHART: CLUK Update 19.02.2011 (wk6)
- CHART: CLUK Update 13.03.2010 (wk9)