Formed in 2011, FAMY finally released two EPs this year, Donkey and their latest Ava – a sweeping, cinematic heart-wrenching 12″ anthem. They are now ready to release their first full-length album We Fam Econo on Transgressive.
In most of their songs, the members play with such fever that the scope of their sound doubles, and as the vocals rise in breathless glory the boys might as well be making religious hymns. On some tracks, they play in a gentle more calm folk note, but on others – their sound can be triumphant, spiritual, and vastly panoramic.
Can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
We met each other at school in the South of France, the home ground of the modern masters. We all came to London and wrote some songs and started playing them around town. Now we’re releasing our first LP ‘We Fam Econo’ on 8th September.
You have been around for a while, what took so long to get a 12″ out?
We took our time to make sure we were happy with everything, and now we’re happy with everything. A lot of people are really interested in ‘New Bands’ but really bands are just bands and if they’re good they’re good or if they’re bad they’re bad, so we didn’t mind taking our time.
Who are the current members?
Bruce & Arthur Yates and Luca Galbiati
How would you describe your sound?
Punk rock kissed with the light of the Côte d’Azur, the passion of the Stade Vélodrome, Le Corbusier’s brutal Cité Radieuse. Fiers d’être Marseillais. Mediterranean Modernism.
Where was the EP recorded? It has such an amazing orchestral sound.
Thank you! Ava is the final track of our LP which was recorded in Stonehouse Chapel in England with Miti Adhikari. We took a portable studio and set up for 10 days. The vocal booth was the altar and the bass amp was in the bell tower.
Out of curiosity, why did you name your previous ep ‘Donkey’?
The Donkey is a good symbol. They are hard-working and modest, steady and loyal, not like an arrogant horse. But in football, a player who is a Donkey is clumsy and slow. Our band is all those things. We wrote the song Donkey to be the first track on our LP because Jesus was carried into Jerusalem on a Donkey before he was crucified. Now we have ridden into the music industry on our Donkey we expect to be crucified too.
Favorite football club?
We love Olympique Marseille, Arsenal and Juventus.
We will release our album ‘We Fam Econo’ on 8th September and then play some shows.
For more information on FAMY visit famy.co.uk