Faintest Idea, the ska band hailing from Lynn, are about to release their latest album and head out on tour.
I managed to grab a few minutes to chat with vocalist Dani Cliché to find out what’s been happening with the band, and what’s in store for the future.
Dani explains: “Breaking into the music scene was really hard at first because we’re such a niche band. A lot of people were put off by the ska scene in general due to acts such as Bad Manners emerging and giving the impression that it wasn’t to be taken seriously.
“Our music is ska with attitude, and every song makes a statement. I grew up with ska, so it was always going to have a big influence on me”
Having listened to the album myself, it’s a good way to describe it, and Dani continues: “We write songs on the state of the world, and particularly the UK. I’m an angry person and my vocals reflect that. I don’t really sing, so much as shout in tune.
“There’s a lot going on in the world that makes me angry and I want to shout about it. A lot of what’s happening now is down to policies put in place decades ago without thinking of the consequences, and today’s generation is paying for it.”
Following the release of the album today (April 1), the band are heading out on a European tour. Dani said: “We’re a multi-national band now. We’ve played Europe a few times and they keep having us back.
“One of the dates we’re really looking forward to though is a home town show in King’s Lynn. We haven’t played here for several years, so it’s kind of a homecoming show for us.”
The show is at the Worker’s Club on Friday, May 27, but there’s a lot more to come.
“We’re doing an album launch show at the Owl Sanctuary in Norwich, then we’re travelling all over the country,” said Dani.
“We’ve also got some festivals to play in the summer, and of course we’re heading off to Europe. It’s a very busy time for us.”
He says “The local music scene in Kings Lynn died off a while ago, but thankfully it’s starting to recover.
“There’s a lot of good music coming out of the area again, and it’s great to see that, and people are supporting local music, and that’s really important”
As well as a CD, the album is also being released on 12” vinyl and limited to 100 pink, and 100 green.
Dani said: “We wanted to do something different for the fans, and vinyl is growing in popularity again, but it’s a very expensive recording medium.
That’s why there’s a limited run of them, but if they sell well who knows? We may make more, but for now we’ll keep it at 100 of each.”
To find out more about Faintest Idea and where they’ll be playing you can find them on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/Faintestidea
Jon Seymour has also reviewed Faintest Idea’s new CD “Increasing the Minimum Rage”.
This is the new album from the ska/punk outfit hailing from Lynn, and what an album it is. From the first track it’s apparent that this is a very angry band. The lyrics are politically charged, addressing such issues as the NHS and the high cost of living, and many more besides.
The music can only be described as ska with a ton of attitude, and the lyrics aren’t so much sung, but shouted at you. It’s a full on assault on the ears, like a bullhorn at a protest rally, but with a lot more menace, and carrying with it an inherent message to wake up and see what’s happening in the world around you.
At times it can make for some uncomfortable listening, as it’s near the knuckle on more than a few occasions, but it really does make you sit up and think.
Whether you agree with it is another matter, but the songs definitely get their points across.
In a music world where there’s quite a lot of “why can’t we just get along” and “peace and love” and the like, it can be rather challenging to come across something that doesn’t ask you to do the right thing, and instead tells you what you’re doing wrong. That’s what makes this such a stand out album.
The band dare to be different, refuse to conform to the current trends and they do it with a certain amount of style.
This is quite simply a cracking album, and if you like an argument or three, give this a listen to psyche yourself up.
Seriously though, it raises some important issues, and goes out of the way to make a point. It’s loud, it’s brash and above all, well worth a listen.