UK band Fear of Men have shared “Trauma,” another new track from the band’s upcoming album, Fall Forever. Jessica Weiss spoke to Noisey, who premiered the track today, and told them “Trauma” is “about the difficult relationship between feeling completely violated and feeling powerful enough to rise above it.” Fall Forever will be available June 3rd on Kanine Records.
This year Fear of Men have returned with Fall Forever: the band’s second full-length album, and the follow-up to their debut, Loom. Fall Forever is a departure for the three-piece – comprised of Jessica Weiss, Daniel Falvey and Michael Miles – an album that builds upon the melodicism and immediacy of Loom but takes it in a stark new direction, capturing the band pushing the limits of their instruments to adopt new and alien forms.
After extensively touring in support of Loom, the band decamped in the early months of 2015 to an outbuilding of a disused abattoir in rural Kent, England, to begin work on new material. A two-hour bus ride from their native Brighton – and a blackhole for cell signal – it served as a fitting environment for a band determined to strip their sound back to the bone and rebuild it to make an album that would, on their live return, “make the stage shake.”
Fall Forever sees the trio twisting together sounds and influences from a variety of genres to create their own vision of what constitutes dark and modern pop. Working with producer Tom Morris to gain clarity and presence, they focused on core sounds instead of layers, while still incorporating textures and details that can be discovered upon repeat listens.
Weiss went into the process of writing Fall Forever with a desire to develop her own voice, rather than hiding behind metaphors and oblique references. The result, she says, is a “very personal and genuine record exploring where my life is at the moment,” covering a time that left her “questioning feelings of belonging and structures that commonly offer support and understanding.” A vocalist who has proved herself adept at conveying kaleidoscopes of emotions in just a few lines, Weiss juxtaposes feelings of independence and self-determination with rumination on reliance and intimacy. Fittingly, she calls Fall Forever a “love album,” but one that explores “emotional extremes of closeness and distance, love and violence.”
4/23 Portsmouth, UK @ The Wedgewood Rooms (Dials Festival)
5/16 Paris, FR @ Espace B
6/3 Brighton, UK @ Resident Records In-Store
6/11 Wakefield, UK @ Long Division Festival
6/13 London, UK @ Oslo *
6/14 Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall *
6/15 Glasgow, UK @ CCA *
6/16 Manchester, UK @ Band on the Wall *
7/31 Newcastle, UK @ Times Square #
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