Febueder ‘(pronounced Fe-byou-der)’ are the alternative pop duo from Ascot, dropping orchestral led, entrancing soundscapes into the scene right now. We virtually caught up with Kieran Godfrey (Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Ukulele, Cornet and Percussion), Samuel Keysell (Percussion, Vocals) to chat their new album, Tomalin Has Etched In, their unique sound and future plans.
Kieran: It can be a healthy, worthwhile struggle and its okay to be disappointed so long as you’re not discouraged. Expectancy is a common culprit, I advise it.
Samuel: I’ve been working a lot slower than I usually do because the lockdown has allowed the time, some small advice there. But when people I know are struggling to create, I normally recommend making something quickly and seeing it through, even if you know you don’t like it- like treating the making as a form of practice.
K: Relevancy is subjective, although we are staying active on and offline. I’ve been dabbling and toying with newer songs and my vocal recording technique is returning, I sang through horns and ukuleles on Tomalin Has Etched In, but the orthodox, pop shield stand of still singing is nice sometimes.
S: When it comes to marketing and advertising I’ve realised I’m pitching a visual creation first and foremost, so this is me trying to stay relevant. I am reading a lot more than I usually do. I’ve got my hand on painting, collage, writing and music.
K: Fairly Varied and flattering; the instant response can be misleading on this LP, so I’m interested to hear the remarks later on.
S: Yes, we’ve had great responses from our fans, the greatest admiration has been the use of the word ‘art’ rather than ‘music’. Some reviews have focused on the lack of chorus to bluntly take hold of, but we always knew it was an album that would reveal itself with several listens. I treat melody like an idea you’d have in conversation. I don’t think you need to repeat yourself over and over to reinstate your point, it’s about taking that moment to appreciate something and then moving onward.
K: Amorphous, mellifluous, teasing.
S: Avant-classical pop.
Keeping things positive, that’s been the best moment on lockdown for you?
K: Staying connected with close friends and writing.
S: We got an outdoor pool table on the patio, my obsession with a pool can continue.
K: The continuation of music.
S: We’ve started working on our next album a lot sooner than we were planning to. Other than that, we’re looking forward to playing shows again next year.