If Melbourne’s Fan Girl haven’t come across your radar yet, then we envy you, because the next few minutes might just change your life.
Having formed a few years ago, Fan Girl wasted no time in making a name for themselves on the local scene. Releasing a number of singles, and supporting huge names like Catfish And The Bottlemen, Minus The Bear, and Birds Of Tokyo, the group’s slick tunes found them a devoted fanbase in no time.
Tragically though, the group experienced some heartache last year, when founding member Jack Wood passed away shortly after the release of their debut album, Elephant Room.
Not content to let the sadness overtake them, Fan Girl remained a little bit quiet for the rest of the year before entering 2019 with a new lease on life, dedicating themselves to not only being the best group they could be, but continuing the work of their late bandmate.
Now, with new singles such as ‘Yellow, Blue & Grey’ and ‘Fox Song’ being released in recent months, Fan Girl are well and truly back. To celebrate their return to our eyes, ears, and hearts, we had a chat with the group to lean more about them, and what they’re all about.
Check out Fan Girl’s ‘Yellow, Blue & Grey’:
How did your artist name come about?
We spent nine months desperately coming up with crap names. We played around with the idea of naming the band after a song we liked (à la ‘Radiohead’ – Talking Heads, or ‘The Kooks’ – David Bowie), but Jack condemned us for just “Fan Girl-ing” over our favourite artists. We took that and ran with it. Still a crap name.
How would you describe your music to your grandma?
She only listens to Michael Bublé, so – “Michael Bublé as a four year old.”
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Tell us about a few of your tracks; their titles and what they’re about?
‘Yellow, Blue & Grey’ – our BRAND NEW SINGLE – is about the feeling of being left behind, both physically, and in time. It’s almost wistful, and almost nostalgic, but also a little lost.
We were reading a lot about Paul Gaugin & Vincent Van Gogh at the time, so a lot of their story, and subsequent artistic imagery became tied up with our own take on the song.
‘Fox Song’ is about a lot of things, squeezed into a short amount of time. Take from that what you will. Definitely not about a fox – beautiful creatures though.
What do you love about your hometown?
The music scene in Melbourne is amazing and always on, no matter what night of the week. You can get amazing phở for breakfast, really great Lebanese for lunch, Ethiopian for dinner, Ramen at 2am, and stomach cramps for four days.
Check out Fan Girl’s ‘Fox Song’:
Career highlight so far?
Probably putting out our debut album Elephant Room last year – made with our late best friend Jack. A lot has happened in the last two years and we are so so glad we have that.
Fave non-music hobby?
Luke is really into knitting. Noah & Vince have been getting back into surfing weekly. They’re still really bad at it. Funny to watch though.
What’s on your dream rider?
Sushi, some gluten free options for our resident coeliac, and a selection of teas.
Dream music collaboration?
If Carla Geneve could play all the guitars on our records from here, that’d be pretty great.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Probably where we are now, but with slightly more money and slightly less dignity.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Noah: ‘Beautiful Soul’ by Jesse McCartney.
Luke: ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X.
Vince: Anything by The Darkness.
Krish: ‘More Than A Woman’ by the Bee Gees.
Dom: ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ by Bon Jovi.
Glenda (Dom’s Mum): ‘The Logical Song’ by Supertramp.