Sometimes you can give a listen to just one song that will make you hang on and just make you want to wait to hear what’s next. Fashion Club from Miami are just that kind of Band, currently working on their 1st album , you can listen to the 1st song posted below, full of fuzz and reverb which seem to be the theme for today’s posts. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Fashion Club and as soon as it gets posted , I will share with all of you, cool stuff……
Hi our name is….
People say we sound like…..
The Jesus and Mary Chain trying to copy Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Vanessa and Bobby
We are from…….
Who are some that have an influence on you
Vanessa: Definitely the “holy trinity” of David Bowie, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop. 80s and 90s dance. Doom metal. Sharon from Raveonettes and Ruth from Chromatics.
Bobby: Also David Bowie and Lou Reed, Bauhaus, The Cure, JAMC, Helmut Newton, Jim Jarmusch, Warhol, Harvey Milk, 80s/90s Madonna.
Who plays what in the band
Vanessa: synth, tambourine, vocals
Bobby: guitar, bass, drum machine, vocals
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
We write songs in one of two ways.
1. We start with a drum beat and a bass line. Then, we add synth, rhythm guitar, and vocal melody. Finally, we wear dark sunglasses and use narcotics and she plays tambourine and I play fuzzed out guitar. Vanessa goes into a rhythmic trance not breaking her pattern no matter what. I progressively lose control with the guitar to the point where it’s almost unintelligible.
2. We eat. Go to the record shop and show LPs to one another saying “OMG this one.” We drink liberally at any and every gay bar. Finally, we sit, parked in the car, listening to cheesy 90s dance music all night long until one of us has an idea.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Biggest challenge is to have a huge live sound with only two people. To overcome this, we play really loud and passionately let loose on stage. And, also use reverb, delay, fuzz, synth and dynamics to build it up to explosion.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
Vanessa: NYC 1977
Bobby: San Francisco 1972
Who are all of you currently listening to ….
Vanessa: Wild Nothing, Father John Misty, Lower Dens, Tame Impala, Parquet Courts
Bobby: Tashaki Miyaki, Temples, Joel Gion, Wünder Wünder, Television Personalities
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
The Raveonettes because we both love them so much and we’d go good together. We’re louder and even more dead pan.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Vanessa: Never let anyone convince you that you should sound anything other than how you want to sound. The trends come and go, but all the timeless musicians are the ones who stayed true to themselves and did whatever they felt like.
Bobby: Music isn’t a competition, it’s expression. Don’t try to be the best musician…try to express your idea as well as you can. If you have no specific idea that you want to express…stop doing music.
your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Vanessa: I am hopeful. For a while I was really disenchanted with new music. I think this year has already seen some great albums and there are more to come.
Bobby: Rock-n-roll is dead.
Our plans for 2015…..
We’re recording our first LP. And, possibly a national tour. Stay tuned.
listen to Fashion Club