It’s become a weekly thing to get together and make a podcast. Hosted by Justin Fink and a rotating cast of other band members and guests from the worlds of music, books, science and who knows what else. Listen to it liked a scrambled transmission from our Hackney outpost, bringing you music and night chat.
The latest episode features Andrew Smith, who came to the band’s (and the world’s) attention with his book Moondust. We also play both psychedelic and smooth music. Listen here:
Go to Podcast for all episodes.
We are very proud to announce the release of our forthcoming third album, “Let’s Go Extinct”, released February 10th in Europe (details for the US release coming soon).
This is a short film we made. In its own ritualistic space-seed way, it will give you an insight into the record in much more exciting ways than words can. The video was made as part of our ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Adam B Daniels.
We also have a whole string of shows around Europe:
all tour dates here
This is the album cover:
For something to listen to until then, get hold of a copy of our EP, “The Sea”. On vinyl, cd and download from wherever you like to get your music, or right here, from us:
Also follow our Soundcloud, where we regularly post mixtapes, podcasts and remixes.
So us lot in Fanfarlo have been chatting about this cover version business for years. Not sure if any of you remember but we did do a few in Cathy’s old apartment on a laptop appropriately called the LAPTOP SESSIONS years ago. They were alright. We did a SMASHING PUMPKINS cover and a BONNIE PRINCE BILLY cover. I’m sure they’re still on the internet somewhere.
Anyway, whilst still being very DIY we thought we’d up the ante with a new series called PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT where we set up a smoke machine a some fancy lights we picked up on the road somewhere and play some of the songs that have been inspiring us a few years on down the line.
We kick off with an alternative version of WITCHI TAI TO which is the 4th track from our new EP ‘THE SEA’.
It’s an old native american ‘Peyote’song. Peyote being a hallucinogenic cactus native to Southwest North America and these dudes used to ingest it to get in touch with the old spirits. Apparently it worked a treat, but sadly also made them vomit. Anyway, a dude called Jim Pepper extrapolated on the song and made a pop song of it in the 60s, which was in turn covered by HARPERS BIZARRE in ’69. That’s the version we fell in love with.
Anyway…here it is. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did making it. We’re gonna do a bunch more of these things. I hope we open your mind to some far out bands that you never knew about and maybe some classics you already know and love.
Peace and love.
It’s no secret i’m a pretty BIG Star Trek fan. I’m not ashamed. Please don’t judge me. I realise i sound like someone who IS ashamed and trying to defend himself. Well I’m not.
This weekend two of my best friends Mr Tom Furse from the AMAZING band THE HORRORS and Cathy from the even better band FANFARLO borrowed my uniforms and paraded around a halloween party doing all the things musicians do at halloween parties that don’t involve playing instruments. It was quite wonderful.
Here is a picture from that evening of the three of us holding each other and reassuring each other that all of your judgements are not effecting us. And they’re not.
Star Trek sandwich.
So i’ve been compiling this for a while now, and whilst i should add that if i were to be totally honest about my listening habits right now the WHOLE mixtape would consist of STEELY DAN songs from between 1975-1980 with a DONALD FAGEN ‘ The Nightfly’ track thrown in. But that would simply be a compilation of my favourite tracks from my favourite band and that DOES NOT constitute a mix tape in the traditional sense.
Pretty much the first 2/3s is music from the 70s. That’s because, let’s all admit, it was the GOLDEN AGE for music. I wish i was there. A bunch of this stuff has been a big influence on FANFARLO whilst making the new record which will appear in Feb 2014. In fact we had a mantra which we chanted before heading into the studio everyday, “what would KING CRIMSON DO?”. However, it doesn’t sound anything like King Crimson which i’m sure most of you will be pleased to hear.
Anyway, moving on, There’s some old bands i used to listen to in my teens and early twenties when i was a make-up wearing goth that still grab me at this stage of my life. TYPE O NEGATIVE and WOLFSIEM are only two of them but i felt they deserved a place. In my opinion GENTLEMEN TAKE POLAROIDS by JAPAN is one of the best records ever recorded so there was no chance of those dudes being omitted. Later era TALK TALK is a band most of us in FANFARLO discovered quite recently around the time of making the new record and they inspired us a bunch. INHERITANCE (and the LP from which it’s from) is a truly awe inspiring piece of work in it’s purity and subtlety.
I kind of finished up with some quite intense ambient noise which is something i’ve been into since my teens. This offering from Icelandic resident BEN FROST from his 2010 KILLSHOT LP is simply staggering. Not everyones cup of tea i’m aware. But, y’know, take some downers, put some cans(big headphones) on your head and chill out and it’ll return you home from this SUPER SONIC JOUNEY, or alternatively it’ll send you somewhere from whence you’ll never return.
Peace and Love.
Justin (the bass player)