New Discovery: Fairchild
I keep stumbling across talented bands hailing from the land down under recently. My newest discovery is FAIRCHILD, a six-piece indie rock act from the Gold Coast. The band has basically been touring non-stop but still has found time to release an EP late last year. FAIRCHILD seems to draw inspiration from 80’s new wave and the beachy vibes of California. If you’re a fan of Two Door Cinema Club or The Temper Trap then FAIRCHILD is right up your alley.
Though released in November of last year, their sophomore EP, Sadako, screams summer. Sparkling synths cascade over glistening guitars and hook laden choruses making it hard to resist their seven track EP. Their newest single, “Stay Young,” is perfect for closing out summer as we all try to hold onto the warmth for just a little longer. Dreamy guitars and synths open the track up Adam Lyons’ smooth as butter vocals come in. The track is about starting anew and the music video features clips over a three year time span as the band toured through Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.
Sadako is a strong release from start to finish. FAIRCHILD grabs you from the moment opening track, “Arcadia,” starts coming through your speakers. The hook laden guitars dance over a quite seductive bass line and keyboards as the drums bound along. Another standout track, “Waiting For It,” stands on the opposite end of the spectrum of “Arcadia,” as a much moodier and darker track. The guitars are a little gloomier and Lyons vocals a bit more somber sounding. The track builds and builds, picking up the pace until finally tapering off at the end.
It’s no surprise that Sadako is such a strong effort considering it was produced by Catherine Marks who has also worker with Foals, Wolf Alice, and The Killers. It stands on the precipice of being a truly epic little piece of indie rock. There’s no doubt in my mind that if FAIRCHILD can continue to push forward and continue to expand their sound that they’ll be the next big thing.