London alt-rock band FADES are set to launch their self-titled EP on 10 March at Proud Camden. It will be publicly available the following day.
With a sound reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age (the band in fact take their name from a QOTSA song, ‘In The Fade’), the five piece band comprises Joshua Woo on vox and guitar, Alessandro Melchoir on guitar and keys, Lucas Mendes on lead guitar, James Dibble on bass, and Keir Adamson on drums.
In 2014 Josh, performing as Metasic, needed a band to perform live at the launch of his EP, ‘Falling Into Place’. He called up some friends to help out, and they discovered they worked well as a band, and as a result, decided to come together as a band proper. They toured as Metasic all around the UK during the first half of 2015, including a support gig for Nothing But Thieves, before travelling to Italy where they recorded their EP.
Returning to the UK, the band made the decision to change their name and FADES was born.
‘Breaking Through The Walls’, out on 29 January, is the first track to be released from their EP. It’s a rocky, guitar-driven number with a catchy hook – a real foot tapper: we defy anyone to sit still while this song is playing. The opening chord reminds us of the start of Cheap Trick’s song, ‘If You Want My Love’ – but it quickly loses all similarity after that point. Praise must be given to the skilled drumming of Keir Anderson, who literally holds the song together with his sticks.
The members of FADES have a diverse range of musical influences, ranging from jazz legends such as Lionel Loueke and Jonathan Kriesberg, classical artists such as Dvořák, and more contemporary artists, like Radiohead, FKA Twigs, and Tame Impala. All members of the band love hip hop music. It’s an interesting mix of influences, but, like the band themselves, it works.
The song is accompanied by a clever video showing the band being driven around London in the back of a van. Check it out here: