With their stunning, emotive brand of folk music, The Frisbys are a band on the rise, now unveiling ‘Give In To The Dark’ from their new double A-side single. The music is the first to be released from EP The Cause (released January 29th 2016). The band comprises twin duo Helen (vocals, flute) and Nicola (vocals, guitar) Frisby, plus Marc Robinson (piano, guitar), Sam Keer (acoustic/electric/slide guitar), Will Cattermole (bass) and Tom Finigan (drums). Nicola was recently kind enough to offer us a few minutes for an interview.
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
Music has always been a massive part of our lives as our family, particularly our brother, are all very into music. Whilst most of our primary school friends were listening to Take That, my brother would try and get us into obscure Nirvana tracks. We’ve always sung in harmony as it was something that came quite naturally to us, it just made sense. We’d drive our family crazy during long car journeys by singing the entire Disney back catalogue there and back again. We must have been very irritating children.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I think our main ambition is to be able to create and perform music for as long as possible. We’d also absolutely love to embark on an American tour and have the opportunity to showcase our music to as many people as we can.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
Helen and I started writing songs from about 12 but it wasn’t until I taught myself guitar at 17 that I felt they were any good. I was massively into Laura Marling, as well as bands like Soundgarden and Biffy Clyro, but despite this all the songs ended up angsty, pop/rock.
In college, we began to perform our own songs in the local ‘open mic scene, first as backing singers and then as a duo. During this time, our Music Tech teacher entered us in to a Battle of The Band competition, which we came second in, and I think that gave us the confidence to continue.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Probably our music highlight to date would be playing amazing venues like The Borderline, St Pancras Church and the Natural History Museum. In the Natural History Museum we performed on the grand staircase – it was an absolutely stunning venue to perform and had candles everywhere.
Recording our new EP ‘The Cause’ (due for release 29th January 2016) was also a real personal highlight as it was wonderful to hear the songs we’ve spent so long arranging and performing come to life on the record.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Our music taste is very eclectic and you’ll probably hear influences from all our band members. I’d say definitely say a bit of Fleetwood Mac, Led Zepplin, Carole King, First Aid Kit among many others.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Born and Raised is light hearted and upbeat…almost a Americana version of ‘No Scrubs’ by TLC, whereas ‘Give in to the Dark’ is a hopeful song about supporting someone you love who is going through a really difficult time.
They will be released on 27/11/2015 via Dantobaccus Records and both songs will be available to download for free on Soundcloud. It’s taken from our upcoming E.P ‘The Cause’ released 29/01/16.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
There are a ton of brilliant acts from Croydon we could name: Yeti Love, Bad Sign, Ebsen, David Grout, Dave Sears and the Folk thing, Those Makeshift Heroes, Coffeepot Drive, Will Chaley and the 37829s .
In terms of genre: Common Tongues, Flight Brigade, Mt Wolf, The Mishaped Pearls, Sophie Jamieson are all really worth a listen.
- Any gigs coming up?
We are planning a Winter UK tour for Jan/Feb 16 but will also be playing:
Hoodoos, Matthew’s Yard, – (Supporting ‘Under a Banner’) – Croydon – Dec 19
Woody’s Bar and Kitchen – Kingston – Jan 6
More details at www.thefrisbysband.co.uk
- Where can we find/follow you online?
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