Fear of Men (band)

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Fear of Men
'Fear of Men' at the South Street Seaport in NYC. (9109812169).jpg
Background information
Origin Brighton, England
Genres Dream pop, Indie pop
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Kanine Records
Website www.fearofmen.co.uk
Members
  • Jess Weiss
  • Daniel Falvey
  • Michael Miles
Past members
  • Alex Fynn O'Neill
  • Becky Wilkie
  • Robyn Edwards

Fear of Men is a Brighton-based band that formed in early 2011 and consists of Jess Weiss (vocals/guitar), Daniel Falvey (guitars/keyboards) and Michael Miles (drums).[1] On 12 February 2013 the band released a reverse chronological compilation of their early singles through Kanine Records called Early Fragments.[1] The band released their debut album Loom on April 2014 through Kanine Records.[2] A limited edition Record Store Day Vinyl was released on 19 April 2014.[3] In 2016 they released their second album Fall Forever.[4]

History[edit]

Fear of Men was formed in early 2011 by Jessica Weiss and Daniel Falvey. For her art degree, Weiss had been creating soundtracks for her short films and she met Falvey at one the exhibitions for her films.[5] Falvey, a guitarist and a fellow art student, liked her recordings and they started working together. Weiss became the lead vocalist and lyricist,[1] while Lin and Anthony joined on bass and drums respectively.[6]

In March 2011, they released a four-track cassette entitled the "Hannah Schygulla Demos" on the Sex is Disgusting label and began to perform live locally.[6][7][8] In August the band released the single "Ritual Confession" on the Italian Beach Babes label.[8][9] It was followed in December of that year by the "Alice Munro Demos" .[10][11] Over the course of 2012 Lin was replaced by Robyn Edwards on bass,[12] while they were joined by Michael Miles (ex Laish) drums.[13] This created the core of Weiss, Falvey and Miles as a trio that recorded together while bass was added to the live-setting.[1][14] In June 2012 they release the single "Green Sea" on the Sexbeat label.[15] It was followed by the 7" "Mosaic" October on Too Pure.[16]

In February 2013, Kanine Records released a compilation of previous recordings as Early Fragments.[17][18] It included the previous three singles and one previously unreleased track "Sheer". The album was described as "moving backwards from their most recent dreamy haze to their first art school experiments" by Consequence of Sound.[19] The band also performed at SXSW, Festival Nrmal and the Indietracks festivals,[14] while Edwards was replaced by Alex Flynn-O'Neill.[20]

They worked on their debut LP Loom, which was released in May 2014.[14] In a review on Pitchfork described it as "wistful dream pop"[21] while it received an aggregated score of 83 on Metacritic.[22] They preceded to go on tour in North America and Europe supporting The Pains of Being Pure At Heart.[23]

After the release of Loom, Weiss began composing new songs while experimenting with electronic sounds.[24] The new material was played live during a short tour supporting Lower Dens in October 2015.[25] This experience changed some of the material as the band "wanted to write an album that would make the stage shake, and we had to work out how we could sound stronger and get our ideas across in a more concise way".[24] By the end of December 2015 the recording had been completed.[24]

Style[edit]

In relation to recording the second album, Falvey commented that "We got a lot more interested in manipulating sounds and building songs with computers, but we had to learn how to combine that with our live performance".[24]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Loom - (2014)
  • Fall Forever - (2016)

Singles[edit]

  • "Ritual Confession" - Italian Beach Babes, 2011
  • "Mosaic" - Too Pure, 2012
  • "Green Sea" - Sexbeat, 2012
  • "Luna" - Art Is Hard Records, 2014
  • "Island" - Kanine Records, 2016

Compilations[edit]

  • Early Fragments (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Thomas, Fred. "Biography". Fear of Men. Allmusic. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Fear of Men Press Kit" (PDF). Kanine Records. Kanine Records. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Discogs". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Fear of Men Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ Holliday, Josh (28 April 2014). "Interview: Fear Of Men". Dots & Dashes. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b Kendall, James (2011). "Brighton Source - Interview: Fear Of Men". brighton-source.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  7. ^ "Fear Of Men - Hannah Schygulla Demos". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  8. ^ a b Newbury, David (11 August 2011). "Interview: Fear Of Men". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  9. ^ "Fear Of Men - Ritual Confession". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  10. ^ "Fear of Men – Alice Munro demos". The Pigeon Post. 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  11. ^ "Fear Of Men - Alice Munro Demos". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  12. ^ "Indietracks interview #12: Fear of Men". www.indietracks.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  13. ^ Hawkins, Leila (18 November 2011). "Interview with Laish". Open Magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  14. ^ a b c Gourlay, Dom (8 May 2014). "DiS meets Fear Of Men". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  15. ^ "Fear Of Men - Green Sea". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  16. ^ "Fear Of Men - Mosaic". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  17. ^ "Fear Of Men - Early Fragments". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  18. ^ "Fear of Men – Early Fragments". Ear To The Ground Music. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  19. ^ "Album Review: Fear of Men – Early Fragments". Consequence of Sound. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  20. ^ "Interview: Fear of Men". Deer Lodge. 2013-02-24.[dead link]
  21. ^ Cole, Rachel T. "Fear of Men: Loom". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Loom by Fear of Men". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  23. ^ "Fear of Men Tour Dates". Songkick. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  24. ^ a b c d Richards, Will (6 January 2016). "Fear of Men: "We wanted to write an album that would make the stage shake"". DIY. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  25. ^ Boardman, Tony (2015-11-02). "Live Review: Lower Dens, Fear of Men, luciensghost at Tut's". ravechild. Retrieved 2016-06-09.