Second instalment in our series of covers, shot at our studio. Enjoy.
We love our new practice space. So every now and then we set up a few cameras and a smoke machine, and record another instalment of a series of covers of songs that have inspired us over the last year while making our new record.
‘Til I Die is a bit of a hidden gem in the Beach Boys catalogue, taken from the great album Surf’s Up.
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.