Faris Badwan

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Faris Badwan
Faris Badwan 2006.jpg
Background information
Birth name Faris Adam Derar Badwan
Born (1986-09-21) 21 September 1986 (age 31)
Bexley, Kent, England
Origin Leamington Spa/Rugby, England
Genres Neo-psychedelia, post-punk revival, shoegazing, garage rock revival, alternative rock, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, vocalist, artist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 2005–present
Labels Loog
Stolen Transmission
Polydor
XL Recordings
Associated acts The Horrors, the Rotters, Lumina, Cat's Eyes

Faris Adam Derar Badwan[1] (born 21 September 1986) is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the Horrors, and more recently as half of Cat's Eyes.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Bexley, Kent [3][4] on 21 September 1986 to a Palestinian father and English mother, Badwan grew up in Leamington Spa and Hillmorton, Rugby along with three brothers.[5] His parents run a medical practise in Rugby (originally in Leamington Spa, before the family moved), where his father, Derar Badwan, works as a neurological rehabilitation consultant.[6][7] His father is also currently the group medical director and lead consultant at Christchurch Group's Lloyd House and Christchurch View in Northampton and Woodlands in York, and a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.[8]

Badwan attended the independent Arnold Lodge School in Leamington Spa before obtaining a scholarship in 1999 to the exclusive public boarding school Rugby School,[9] where he met future Horrors bassist and synthesiser player Tom Cowan, also known as Tom Furse.[10][11] Continuing his education, Badwan moved to London to study illustration at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2004, eventually deferring from his studies to concentrate on his musical career with the band.[12]

Musical career[edit]

Badwan is best known as vocalist for the Horrors, an alternative rock band formed in Southend-on-Sea in 2005. Their debut album, Strange House, was released in 2007. Badwan became notorious for his onstage activities, which have featured violence, the use of black paint to mark audience members, scaling anything available and using items found in the stage area to antagonise the audience.[13] Badwan and his band were thrown out of venue Great Scott in Massachusetts in 2007 after he accidentally smashed a ceramic bust of Elvis Presley on stage.[14]

Prior to forming the Horrors, Faris took part in pseudo-punk band the Rotters, named after the novel The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe.[15]

Faris released a one-off single under the pseudonym of Lumina, teaming up with ex-Ipso Facto member Cherish Kaya to record a cover of the Black Lips song "I'll Be With You".[16] This recording appeared as a B-side on the Black Lips single "Drugs".[16]

Badwan's illustrations have also earned admiration; his artwork has been featured on releases by the Horrors, the Charlatans and Hatcham Social,[17] and in Vice magazine. His "Drawing a Straight Number Nine" exhibition in London featured a drawing series of 100 new works by the frontman.[18] Due to its popularity, it was then taken to Milan, Italy.[17]

In 2011, Faris collaborated with Canadian opera singer Rachel Zeffira under the moniker Cat's Eyes, releasing the Broken Glass EP and a self-titled full-length album.

Faris appeared on the TV show Soccer AM, scoring in the spot kick challenge. He talked about his love of football, confirming that he is a Blackburn Rovers supporter.

In early 2015, Faris and his brother Tarik Badwan (lead singer of Loom),[19] announced that they would be launching RAFT Records, in partnership with Vinyl Factory. They collaborated with renowned designer Marc Donaldson to create the label's aesthetic.[20] The first release was a four-track double 7" EP featuring Skinny Girl Diet, Niqab, Puffer and Jet Black.

In February 2015, Cat's Eyes released the soundtrack for Peter Strickland's film The Duke of Burgundy.[21]

In February 2017, Hercules & Love Affair released the single "Controller", featuring Badwan on vocals.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://repertoire.bmi.com/Catalog.aspx?detail=writerid&page=1&fromrow=1&torow=25&keyid=1216131&subid=0
  2. ^ Dorian Lynskey. "When Cat's Eyes met Ron Arad | Culture". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Faris Badwan, The Horrors". Native Monster. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  4. ^ https://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?firstname=faris&lastname=badwan
  5. ^ McAlpine, Fraser. "BBC - Chart Blog: The Horrors: Night Time Is The Fright Time". Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  6. ^ https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07563723/officers
  7. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/10712146/Twilight-Zone-the-medical-dilemma.html
  8. ^ https://www.christchurchgroup.co.uk/about-us/our-teams/dr-derar-badwan
  9. ^ http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/cats-eyes-singer-faris-badwan-11145060
  10. ^ "The Horrors know fame is nothing to be frightened of - Features - Music". The Independent. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  11. ^ "The Horrors' Tom Furse Shares New Music". Clashmusic.com. 
  12. ^ Paphides, Pete (2006) "The rocking Horrors show", The Times, 18 August 2006, retrieved 2010-11-06
  13. ^ "Horrors Singer Attacked During CMJ Performance", SPIN, 1 November 2006, retrieved 2010-11-06
  14. ^ "The Horrors Thrown Out Of Concert Venue", contactmusic.com, 16 March 2007, retrieved 2010-11-06
  15. ^ Monroe, Jazz (2 May 2014). "Strange Fascination: Inside The Cult of The Horrors". theskinny.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  16. ^ a b "The Horrors' Faris Badwan to release Black Lips cover", NME, 7 August 2009, retrieved 2010-11-06
  17. ^ a b "The Horrors' Faris Badwan for Milan art show", NME, 16 October 2010, retrieved 2010-11-06
  18. ^ "The Horrors' Faris Badwan to exhibit his art in London", NME, 7 July 2010, retrieved 2010-11-06
  19. ^ http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-radar/radar-band-of-the-week-no-127-loom
  20. ^ Marc Donaldson. "Raft Records". Raft Records. Retrieved 2015-08-31. Marc Donaldson designed RAFT's label aesthetic 
  21. ^ Dennis, Jon (2015) "Cat’s Eyes: The Duke of Burgundy soundtrack review – eerie beauty from Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira", The Guardian, 12 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015
  22. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/71123-hercules-and-love-affair-share-new-song-featuring-the-horrors-faris-badwan-listen/ Hercules and Love Affair Share New Song Featuring the Horrors’ Faris Badwan: Listen, Pitchfork.