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Introducing: Fear of Men

By September 18, 2012

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Name: Fear of Men
From: Brighton, England
Story: No Story, just Anecdote
Sound: Jangly, dreamy, sweetly-sung

There's no real 'Story' to Brighton-based quartet Fear of Men; a band whose line in bittersweet indie jangle is hardly revolutionary. But there is, at least, a nice anecdote to their genesis: band founders Jess Weiss and Dan Falvey were inspired to start a band whilst in the front row at a Best Coast show in 2010, and, two years on, found themselves opening for Best Coast on a UK tour.

What they lack in overworked biographical angle, Fear of Men make up for in tunes. Across the 19 months of their existence, the band have turned out a handful of choice songs: from "Ritual Confession" through the blissful "Born" (the B-side to "Green Sea"), and, now, their latest, sample-strewn single, "Mosaic."

The elements are effectively the same with each: Weiss and Falvey trading dewy, jangly shimmers of weary-eyed guitar whilst Weiss's voice sounds out bright and clear. There's a '90s-indie-ish quality to the music; and Fear of Men have earnt comparisons to such alt-crossover acts of the era as Belly and The Sundays. That's taking it a shade too far, even if there's star-quality qualities to Weiss's voice; Fear of Men exist solely in the fuzzy, lo-fi, demo-cassette realm of indie-pop thus far.

With "Mosaic" freshly released, the band are prepping a new single for legendary —yet, these days, barely-existent— '90s label Too Pure, and are setting out work on their debut album. Jams like those streamin' below mean it's already an EP to anticipate.

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