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Video of the Moment #2195: Fear of Men

 
By on Thursday, 29th September 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Brighton trio Fear of Men released their second album ‘Fall Forever’ this summer. It’s available now from Kanine Records; read Steven’s review of their long player here. They’ve now unveiled the video for album cut ‘Sane’. The visuals star front woman Jessica Weiss exploring what looks like a beautiful and wondrous world. Except that it soon reveals itself to have a very different secret side. Watch the video below. For all of TGTF’s past coverage of Fear of Men, follow this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWlZ1i1l3aE[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Fear of Men – Fall Forever

 
By on Thursday, 23rd June 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Fear of Men Fall Forever album coverFilled with spacious and heart-wrenching instrumentation accompanied with yearning vocals, the second album from Brighton-based Fear of Men is as rich as their debut, while showing an evolution that proceeds nicely into the next step of their career. Shimmering effects that are layered over every aspect of the tracks gives a Cocteau Twins-esque atmosphere, this is a record that truly reaches into your heart and attacks every string possible.

As the opening track ‘Vesta’ builds into an ethereal purgatory, it leads into second track ‘Undine’ with no real resolve, giving the effects of an unsuspected emotional trauma. It’s in this follow-up track that Fear of Men break into their stride and prove that they can be as firm and furious as they can be forlorn. ‘Island’ sees a fully-formed sound that breathes tranquility, while retaining purpose and direction. A rolling drum beat that lies beneath the electronically-driven instrumentation that scintillates, calling to mind an image of the sun rippling through a calm ocean surrounding the enclosed metaphorical island. The chorus builds to a perfect resolve that equally leaves you satisfied as well as melancholic.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-I9oU8764k[/youtube]

Continuing along this trend, ‘A Memory’ doesn’t quite have the draw of the preceding track, but it certainly plays its part in the bigger picture. It’s a similar story for ‘Until You’, which proves a lot more assaulting, with its layered drums that are constantly rolling while the synthesisers build to an overbearing level before dropping out and chaotically interchanging their dominance. We lull slightly at the halfway point with ‘Ruins’, but the move makes sense once ‘Trauma’ kicks in. It’s another purpose driven track, firm with its eyes staring straight ahead. The chorus builds as expected, before dropping into a dark and brooding bridge that takes the life away from the song but still keeps you hooked in.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8IM_3N6TJE[/youtube]

Throughout, the drums are the pickers of the pace. Obviously, this is the overall idea of the rhythm section in any piece of music. But within Fear of Men’s sound, the drums go from being the underlier to instantaneously being the leader, furiously ripping through the rest of the instrumentation. Jess Weiss’ vocals sit on the top of the arrangements like a beacon, guiding the emotional range of the tracks with either the previously shown yearning or the subtle aggression as shown in ‘Trauma’.

Yet it’s truly the electronic elements of this record that show the strength of the band, with thick and emotive synthesisers that are coupled with effect laden guitars, it’s all prime retro emulation and something that Fear of Men do extremely well. ‘Fall Forever’ certainly is an apt title for this collection of songs, each track representing a different strength of the human psyche, while opening up enough for you to gather your own interpretation and personal attachment. A wonderful take on ‘80s sad, electronic music with a modern angle, Fear of Men should have no problem taking things to the next level after this solid return.

7/10

‘Fall Forever’, Fear of Men’s sophomore album, is out now via Kanine Records. To read more about Fear of Men on TGTF, head here.

 

Video of the Moment #2099: Fear of Men

 
By on Wednesday, 25th May 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Brighton’s Fear of Men are gearing up to release second album next week. Ahead of the LP’s drop, they’ve released a new video for a track from it. From its title, ‘Trauma’ sounds like a heavy listen, but the approach used in the promo utilises what looks like black mud and two actors clearly up for getting a wee bit dirty. Watch the mess unfold in the promo video below.

‘Fall Forever’, Brighton trio Fear of Men’s sophomore full-length effort, will be available from Kanine Records on the 3rd of June. For more on the band on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxNFdu1nt3s[/youtube]

 

Fear of Men / April 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 4th April 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Hot on the heels of their trip to Austin for SXSW 2016, Brighton trio Fear of Men will play a list of headline dates in the UK starting next week, including a hometown show at Brighton’s Prince Albert on the 10th of April.  The tour will serve as a preview for band’s second album ‘Fall Forever’, due out on the 3rd of June via Kanine Records. You can watch the promo video for ‘Islands’ from last week, taken from the new LP, here.

Following these tour dates, Fear of Men will headline the Dials Festival in Portsmouth on the 23rd of April. Tickets for these shows are available now.  TGTF’s past coverage of Fear of Men is right back here.

Monday 04 April 2016 – Birmingham Hare And Hounds
Tuesday 05 April 2016 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Wednesday 06 April 2016 – Manchester Aatma
Thursday 07 April 2016 – Bristol Start The Bus
Friday 08 April 2016 – London Dalston Victoria
Sunday 10 April 2016 – Brighton Prince Albert
Monday 11 April 2016 – Guildford Boileroom

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2052: Fear of Men

 
By on Thursday, 31st March 2016 at 6:30 pm
 

Fresh off their appearances mid-March in Austin at the big to-do that is SXSW 2016, Fear of Men have a new video out for ‘Island’. The song is the first single off the Brighton group’s upcoming sophomore album, due out in early June. Of the song, singer Jessica Weiss says it’s about “independence and empowerment, and how problematic this can be when you’re still tied to the expectations of others”. What a wonderful sentiment after a SXSW during which strong women were given their due and many high-profile appearances, as well as my interviews with Violet Skies, Jane Weaver and Gwenno that highlighted the continuing strength and influence of British female artists.

For the visuals in ‘Island’, the band teamed up again with director Eleanor Hardwicke, who described the promo as covering “the subconscious state between the death of a past self being reborn into a stronger self”. For me, the hazy video is simply beautiful and perfect against the dreamy, contemplative mood of the song. Watch it below.

Despite the name, Fear of Men’s second album ‘Fall Forever’ will be available in the summer, on the 3rd of June on Kanine Records. Ahead of that, they’ve sorted a UK headline tour for April.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-I9oU8764k[/youtube]

 

Fear of Men / September and October 2014 English Tour

 
By on Friday, 25th July 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Header photo by Eleanor Hardwick

Fresh off their summer tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Brighton’s Fear of Men have announced a list of headline dates for later this year. The band are also scheduled for the usual summer docket of festival appearances, including the Southsea Festival in Portsmouth. Tickets for the following list of shows are available now.

Thursday 25th September 2014 – Brighton Hope
Friday 26th September 2014 – Norwich Epic Studios
Saturday 27th September 2014 – Leeds Brudenell Games Room
Sunday September 28th 2014 – Manchester Castle
Tuesday September 30 – Birmingham Bull’s Head
Wednesday 1st October 2014 – Bristol Start the Bus
Thursday 2nd October 2014 – London Concrete

 
 
 

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