HIDDEN HERD favourites FOURS never fail to thrill. The dynamic London quartet are purveyors of dazzlingly catchy guitar-pop and their infectious live show is unequivocal proof that they have the chops to join the big league.
Since headlining our club night with Lost In The Manor at The Finsbury in March, the Shepherd’s Bush four-piece unveiled the scintillating ‘Stella’, a track ram-packed with Haim-like hooks, hypercolour synthwork à la Fickle Friends and soaring vocal refrains in the vein of Florence Welch. With the band set to wow Brighton’s The Hope & Ruin tomorrow as part of their tour in support of Kyla La Grange, we had a brief chat with FOURS to get a snapshot of their past, present and future.
‘Stella’ is superb. How did the track come about?
Dan (guitar): “I tend to save demos (names) after something in my room and I happened to have a Stella Artois beermat there in front of me. Edith took this and ran with it! The track itself was inspired by 90s dance piano, something like N-Trance.”
How did FOURS start out?
Dan (guitar): “FOURS started 1.5 years ago in Shepherd’s Bush after we wrote our first song, Leave Me.”
What inspired your name?
Jez (bass): “Honestly, it came around because La Fleur was taken.”
Dan (guitar): “I actually saw her two weeks ago in Ibiza.”
Edith (vocals): “FOURS has NOTHING to do with how many of us there are.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
Edith (vocals): “This is a tough question, but I would have to say, Jeremy Corbyn, Jacob’s Crackers, James Corden, Joe Cole, Jorge Clooney. I am so hungover.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
Luke (drums): “Sody supported us at our last headline and she is mad good. If you don’t know, now you know…”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for FOURS?
Edith (vocals): “Our next headline show is at The Borderline on July 13th (with Raffer and Sugarhouse) and we’re also releasing our next single, which happens to be a slow jam around that time too. We’re also closing festival season at Bestival, then doing a small run of dates with Avec Sans in September.”