Friday, 29 August 2014

Feral Conservatives Q&A

Band name:
Feral Conservatives.

Where are you from?
Virginia Beach, USA.

Who is in your band?
Rashie Rosenfarb (vocals, mandolin, bass)
Matt Francis (drums, pedal noise and feedback)

How would you describe yourselves?
We're a mandolin/drums duo who think they're a garage rock band. We're a band of oxymorons (right down to the name) flirting with equal parts beauty and melancholy, folk and punk, and minimalist songwriting and rock and roll bombast. 

Who are your main influences musically?
We definitely draw a lot from DIY and the college rock and indie scenes of the 80s and 90s...Some of our musical heroes include Paul Westerberg (The Replacements, solo) Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses), and Superchunk and their impeccable Merge Records label.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We really hope to bring back a sense of danger to indie. We want to return it to the initial qualifier, sprung from punk, before "cute" and "quirky" became the norm for the genre, and honor some of the powerful female voices of the movement. We hope to carve out a niche with our inventive take on the genre and be the best mandolin-indie-rock band in the conversation. We also hope to provide an honest form of expression for darkness, depression, and failure and in turn provide some hope or camaraderie for people struggling. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
There was this moment on our first tour where we were onstage and the show was so poorly attended, the other bands just jumped onstage with us and started rocking out--dancing, yelling, grabbing drum sticks and pounding the kit. It was a beautiful moment, one that cuts through the haze of PBR and whiskey and snap you to attention, saying "this is it, this is what it's about." For all the time we carefully craft our recordings and count YouTube plays and Bandcamp downloads, those are the moments I live for. Unscripted; cathartic and beautiful, united by song, by rhythm, and making new friends in strange cities.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Great question...I'd like to forget the traffic and tolls touring in and through New York. Maybe I just don't get the appeal of the city (when driving and parking). I'm trying to think of a misstep in one of our releases thus far, but I really believe in albums being a snapshot of a time and place for a band, as well as a statement on their career thus far. Hopefully we represent ourselves better and better as we continue, but our newest single series is the best we've done so far! 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Our new single Little Pieces is a good starting point. It showcases our dualties through beauty--of violin with airy female vocals, introspective and melancholic lyrics, and noise--crunchy guitar, feedback, and a touch of aggression. 

Where can we listen to it?
Grab the single:

Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
We have a new full-length coming out later this year, with US touring to follow. Stay tuned!

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