FEATURE

Fjords

We catch up with the band as they prepare to release their double A-Side 'Domino / Strata Florida.

Let’s get the formalities out of the way first. Who’s in the band and how do they contribute (musically or otherwise)?

Alex: Hello! There are five of us: Sonny does the singing and plays a bit of guitar when he feels like it, Scott's the main guitar man though. I play the bass and provide secondary voicebox, Gaz The Wizard provides magical noises from behind his wall of synths and Hannah plays the drums on the face of things, but she's also the one who sorts out all the management and PR side of things. Runs the whole operation basically.

How did you come together as a band?

Sonny: My old band had just broken up when we were featured by Steve Lamacq. I used a Radio 6 interview to advertise for new members. Coincidentally I also bumped into Scott, we'd played together before, and through Scott came Hannah.
Hannah: Scott and I went to school with each other and were in a band called Broken Sleep a few years back. Scott asked me if I wanted to join the band, so I went along to meet them. I passed the initiation (you don’t want to know what that involved) and the rest is history!

Was there a defining moment in your life, maybe a gig or hearing a particular record, when you thought, “that’s it I wanna be a rock star”?

Sonny: I don't think I ever wanted to be a Rock Star, I have no desire to be famous. But I was inspired to write and perform by a friend in school. He made me realise this was something I could actually do, not just some distant rock group on the radio.
Alex: There's not really one defining moment, it's just that nice feeling you get time after time after you've watched an amazing gig or if you stick one of your favourite albums on and you just think to yourself "That's what I'm going to do. I need to do that".
Hannah: I just had a sudden overwhelming urge to buy a drum kit when I was 15.

What is the creative driving force behind the band?
Sonny: It's completely open, we all contribute and share the writing credit. I think it's unhealthy to let just one or two members take over the direction of the group. It's turned out to be really creative, everybody feels comfortable and capable of putting their ideas forward.


What has been the highlight of the band’s career so far?

Sonny: Recording process at Faster studios.
Hannah: Getting the single finished, it was a rocky road to fruition. We had our hard drive stolen on the train with all the tracks on but luckily we managed to get the originals back from the studio. We mixed and produced it ourselves and we’re really happy with how it sounds.

What are your views on the current Cardiff music scene and how does it vary (if at all) between places you’ve played?

Sonny: There's a relatively small but well organised alternative scene, lots of great bands have been moving in from West Wales lately and I think we have an impressive scene on our hands!

What are you listening to at the moment? Anyone we should keep an eye on?

Hannah: Loving the Hot Chip material at the moment but also can’t stop listening to the new James Blake album.

Vinyl, CD or MP3?

Sonny: The head says MP3 but my heart will always belong to Vinyl. I love you Vinyl.
Hannah: What about cassette?

If I was your 14 year old nephew (bare with me), which one album would you send me home with to begin my musical journey?

Sonny: The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
Alex: Tough one. I'd probably say Takk... by Sigur Rós
Hannah: The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses and then The Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers

What does the future hold for Fjords, both short term and long term?

Sonny: We're really happy with our single and want to keep up the momentum with the writing and recording. Would be great to keep releasing new songs every three to four months.

 

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