The vibrant Scottish music scene has birthed some of our most treasured new artists of recent years.
Alongside The Ninth Wave, ST.MARTiiNS and The Vegan Leather, indie-poppers Fauves are another brilliant addition to that ever-expanding list, whipping up joyous tunes that cherrypick elements of funk, disco and jazz.
How would you describe Fauves to a stranger?
“We are funky, spunky and brimming with bravado. We enjoy the finer things in life and indulge in silly funk noodles at every available opportunity! No, but seriously, we are a funk and jazz-influenced indie-pop band and we also come from Glasgow. Although you might not know that from listening to Ryan’s vocals! We are all very hard working-class kids.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“We’re influenced by lots of things individually but we bonded over a select group of funky guitar bands which we all admire massively. Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Steely Dan, Bee Gees, Steve Lacy, Tiesto, Derek and Clive’s “Horse Race” Odyssey, and Bowie’s seminal “The Laughing Gnome” record. Game changers!
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“We’ve played a few crackers now, but the past few have been great – the gigs at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield and Playground Festival in our local Giffnock Park were both highlights! It’s nice to play consistent rock concerts throughout the year and we’ve been so lucky to get some higher profile shows lately.”
You’re based in Glasgow – what’s your local music scene like?
“No comment. But… we have our pals. We have our mortal enemies, with whom we fight outside the SEC Centre and the Blue Lagoon chip shop. Murder is a big part of the Glasgow music scene and we love killing our friends with knives. The punk is dead, long live the phunk.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Snack Villain – our labelmate and visionary legend. He put out our first vinyl record on his label Spiral Oh, and always looks after the Fauves, but in his own time he’s been releasing music which ranges from trippy, expansive and weird drum and bass soundscapes to groovy slacker rock. Nobody knows what he’ll do next.
Beafets – Our close pals, they’ve recently begun releasing some truly emotional and lovely indie bangers, and we share the same visual artist in Sarah Alexander, who has been instrumental in both of our artworks! They have a lot of fun stuff ahead of them and a big Glasgow headline coming up, exciting times.
Nekkuro Haná – The most bonkers band in Glasgow. They channel so many different sounds into their soupy goodness, jazzy, psychedelic prog rock and it’s going to be the next big Heinz!”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Fauves?
“We’re about to begin recording a massive project which should be out in the next year or so (hopefully), but we have some songs in the pipeline for the very near future – two or three of which will be available to the world before the end of the year! We’re also supporting the class Courtney Barnett and Baxter Dury at SWG3 in Glasgow on the 29th August, which is truly exciting. And a few more gigs to come later in the year! Excited for our big London boogie with you lovely Hidden Herd people too.”