We caught up with our feature artists FERN to have a chat about life as a band in the Sydney scene. Check out their story and the inspirations behind their sound.
What was the meaning behind the name FERN?
We just wanted something simple. We were nameless for a while before our original drummer suggested ‘Fern’… and it stuck.
How did the band come together?
A few years ago Scott and Lauren started jamming every now and then. After a while we had a few vague song ideas, so we asked our friend Adrian around to play some drums with us and things grew from there.
Can you describe your musical style?
Noise-pop. We like the idea of blending pop elements with sounds that are weird, more experimental… sometimes grating.
What is your song writing process?
We don’t have a defined process, but our songs often stem from one particular sound or a riff. It Comes Slow, for example, started off with Scott making that stuttery/ shaky synth sound that lies underneath the whole song. Then the bass line, guitar and vocals all developed around it.
Do you have any favourite Local bands you’d like to recommend?
Stephen Bailey. Been spinning his album Silo a lot lately, it’s beautiful.
Which artist would you like to open for? what’s your dream lineup with you guys in it?
It would be pretty dreamy to open for Bob Dylan.
What is your favourite live gig experience as an audience member?
One of our favourites was seeing Connan Mockasin’s solo show a couple of years back. The venue was pretty intimate and he has this amazing energy that seemed to mesmerise the whole crowd. At one point he got everyone lying down on the floor and did the most graceful crowd surfing you’ve ever seen. He’s like an incredibly talented, sultry, jazz-swan.
Who are your musical influences?
Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Broadcast, My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors…
Is there a message you are trying to convey within your music?
Maybe from song to song, but not so much any one overriding message.
What has been your favourite show so far as a band?
We haven’t done many live shows, but a favourite would be a little festival we played in the bush down south alongside a bunch of mate’s bands, on a stage that was built by our friends. We’d had some issues during set-up and thought we might be in for a disaster… but everything just fell into place and we had an amazing night.
What are you guys currently working on?
We’ve just released our third single, Absentee. Now we want to get stuck into another one that’s been on the back burner for a while.
Any tour plans ahead?
Not just yet.
If your band was given some decent money to spend on your next release what would you guys do?
We’d love to get vinyl pressed some day… and maybe we’d collaborate with some other musicians and visual/ performance artists to put on a really creative show in a cool space.
What are your thoughts about Sydney as a music scene?
There’s a lot of amazing artists popping up around Sydney, it’s pretty inspiring… And hard to keep up.
Any fun gigs on the horizon?
Do you have any strange pre gig rituals?
Name the best post show food?
Does beer count?
If FERN was a movie which one would it be?
Famous Last words?
“This song’s aaaalmost done, just gotta change a couple of small things. Can’t be far off now.”