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Burning Ferns

Based: Newport
Genre: Psych/Power Pop
Website: Facebook

Burning Ferns are a Newport based band that formed in 2010. They are made up of Anthony Gray and Nathan Abraham on harmonised Lead Vocals and Guitars. Brychan Todd on Bass and Slim Short on drums. Before coming together as Burning Ferns the members have been in various bands over the years including Newport’s punk-poppers Rollerco in the mid 90‘s and Astronaut who were part of the Fierce Panda label and won NME best unsigned band in 1998.

The Burning Ferns recently recorded a four track demo in the newly resurrected Le Mons Studio in Newport. The demo was produced by Richard Jackson who has previously worked with The Automatic. They have had their music played on BBC Radio Wales by Adam Walton and they are booked to make their live radio debut on the BBC Radio Wales Evening Show this coming Monday (10th October).

After one listen to the songs available on this demo, the first question I have to ask is, ‘how on earth is this band unsigned? Each track is perfectly crafted. The musicianship is excellent, as are the harmonies, which are sure to become the signature of the band. Stand out track for me is ‘Crunch Time’ which starts with an instantly catchy guitar riff, thumping drum beat and a delicate acoustic guitar sat low in the mix. The instruments pause slightly before joining the vocals in an opening verse full of harmonies from the very first word. There are not many songs out there in which the melody of the verse is as strong as the chorus. But that is exactly what you get with this track.

The demo will be available on iTunes in the near future and gigs will be booked for the end of the year. Remember the name Burning Ferns. Get in there now and say that you were there at the beginning.

Steve Tay

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