“making feminist, interesting pop music”: the fear of men interview;

An unashamedly feminist four-piece with a line-up featuring a musical saw, Fear of Men would have gotten my attention had they not been opening for a band I already adore on their upcoming trip to Glasgow. A six-date run with Best Coast begins at our own ABC2 on Saturday, while a limited 300 copies of new single “Green Sea” will be available from London label Sexbeat on Monday.

Ahead of both show and single, I had a few questions for singer/guitarist Jess.

Who’s in the band, and how did you get together?
I sing and play guitar, Dan plays guitar, Mike plays drums and saw, and Alex plays bass. I started writing songs while at uni, making soundtracks for my films. Dan saw an exhibition of my work and got in touch and we started writing together. Mike was an old friend of mine who got involved, and Alex came along by chance to complete the lineup.

Dan and I got together through a shared vision of making feminist, interesting pop music and using the band as a way to explore what we’re reading or thinking about.

Three words to describe your sound…
Hallucinatory dream pop.

What influences you?
Anais Nin, Goshka Macgua, The Breeders, Rainer Fassbinder, religious imagery, The National, Lucian Freud.

So how do the boys in the band feel about the bandname? Are you, in fact, a crowd of “man-hatin’ feminists”?
Haha! Er, no, it’s more about equality – an equal split. It’s also about mortality anxiety; and an evocative, strong title for the project.

Excited to see the single (is it your first one?) out on vinyl. Do you think it is important to release music in physical form?
It’s actually our second 7″, we’re really excited to see it – we get the test pressings in a couple of days. I definitely feel releasing music phsycially is important- you just don’t get the same buzz from
downloading something, and artwork and presentation are really important to us.

What releases/shows do you have planned at the moment?
We’re on tour with Best Coast this month, playing with Purity Ring, doing Tramlines Festival, and then we’re getting to grips with finishing writing our album. We’ve got a 7″ coming out on Too Pure in the Autumn and more touring.

And what are you listening to at the moment?
Laurel Halo, Lower Dens, the new Ariel Pink song is amazing too!

Catch Fear of Men on tour with Best Coast:
16/06 Glasgow, ABC2
17/06 Manchester, HMV Ritz
18/06 Birmingham, O2 Academy
20/06 London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
21/06 Brighton, Coalition

PREORDER: Green Sea 7″ on Sexbeat



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