Today we meet Fable. A very cool voice surrounded by lots of dance electronica , vibes. And I absolutely love her answer to the last question which shows me that her artistic vision is worth more than fame and fortune..
This is from their press:
Human Pretending – out on 25th March 2016 via 74 Music – is a twisted piece of electronica wired together by snarling vocals and pulsing beats, brought together by the creative vision of ‘Godfather of Dance’ Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll and twenty-year old Brighton based maverick Fable.The single was originally conceived by the pair as a subversive, leftfield entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest but rejected for being “a little too much for the Eurovision audience”, which comes as no surprise as Fable is anything but safe. She is otherworldly, an alien, an outsider. Fable is an incendiary creative force that does not bend to the rules – she creates them.
Human Pretending is about “the human condition,” explains Fable. “We are all flesh and bone, but we’ve convinced ourselves that intellectually we are part of something far greater, both individually and as a society. There’s a constant battle between our actual being and the personas we’ve created, to the extent we’re losing touch with who and what we really are.”
Previously, Fable has proved herself to be a worthy songstress with single Silence Myself and a creative chameleon with I Am You. However, Human Pretending channels early Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Björk on steroids. Fable is far removed from the soft dream pop songstresses and corporate backed ‘artistes’ being churned through the system, ready for ‘safe’ public consumption. Fable wants you to think, to feel, to wake up from your modern malaise.
Fable joined British rock legends The Cult on tour recently and has previously supported Archive and worked with Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack. The Line of Best Fit, Gigwise, Pop Justice and Clash are amongst Fable’s supporters and with her latest single Human Pretending, she’s sure to gain many more.
Meet – Fable
1) For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
We all met at different points on the time line through some perfectly ordered synchronicity. In 2012 I got into contact with manager Andy Hollis, over twitter of all things, and we decided with some hard work and team effort we would create something, but with no idea what. My background was in theatre and dance but being on the tail end of my teens all my heart wanted was be in a rock band. All parties seemed happy and we set off to find out what that might sound like. I wrote the first EP ‘Parasite’ with Trip Hop duo Archive before we even found a band to play it live, the first rehearsal was fun.. and actually made easy by how talented and lovely the guys we found were, drummer Wayne Riches and bassist Russell Carr played in Skin’s band back in the day, Paul Williams on Guitar and Andrew Stuart-Buttle – we call him Fish, short for Buttlefish of course – on keys, but the best part is there’s no ego related drama getting in the way of the music, well, maybe apart from mine.
2) Who would you list as your musical influences?
Couldn’t and still can’t stop listening to Radiohead, Thom Yorke has had a massive impact on me, you don’t need to know what he’s singing, even though his lyrics are deeply layered in meaning – the whole story is manifest in the sound of that voice. Just raw emotion no frills.
Of course David Bowie, need I say any more. Forever keeping the bar above everyones heads and standing as the landmark in time of true expression in a world full of wannabes. Amen.
Always loved The Gorillaz for their originality, so different compared to what else was in the charts at that time.
I’m a big fan of dance music in the right headspace, I’ve spent many a night thrashing my head around in the mud to some Jungle, Tech, D’n’B, wobbly space music innit.
3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Without a doubt touring with The Cult, mincing past Ian Astbury’s dressing room, chatting about the Archaic Revival in the corridor and then playing to 5000 at Brixton Academy, you could say it was a good few days.
4) What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Looking forward to getting back in the studio with Archive again soon, we should have a new body of work out later this year. Just keeping this creative momentum that we’ve got spinning and really paying attention to the experience of the live shows, we have the festival season to experiment with that!
5) What are some of your favourite albums from the past few years?
In Rainbows – Radiohead
Blackstar – David Bowie
An Awesome Wave – Alt-J
Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
Given To The Wild – The Maccabees
6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Course it’s a pain in the ass but in the same way as paying rent, you can’t survive as a band if no one knows where your playing or where to find your music. It reaches numbers of people you wouldn’t otherwise reach. It has it’s downsides, social media isn’t brilliant for humans, hunched up over a screen out of sunlight, scrolling for the next dopamine hit, thinking everyones having a better time than you. Ironically they’re probably sat in front of the same screen thinking the same thing. Separation disguised as connectivity.
7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
I’ll hear it, wether or not I take it on board is a choice. I don’t mould myself to another perception, if you did you’d be very confused, unable to make a decision as everyones seeing you through different eyes. Just tunnel vision and trust yourself.
8) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
Would love to play in Berlin, I think they’d get it, Japan too. America of course, for sure.
9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Music is the eternal soul, we’re just players in it’s rhythm section.
10) Any last thoughts for your fans?
There maybe no money to be made in selling records anymore, but as long as I’m breathing I’ll put on a show.