For Fans Of: Spring King, JAWS, Gengahr.
Only recently formed in 2016, Fears Chella consists of members Andy Gannon (vocals), Tom O’Neill (bass), Ben Tansey (drums) and Dylan Mellor (guitar) are the new kids on the block with their take on 90’s style American indie rock. Similar to close-knit bands such as Wolf Alice and Swim Deep, friendship is what makes this Stoke based band work so successfully as Gannon and O’Neill played together in their previous band, Moral Panics.
Released in June last year, their debut single ‘Cool’ crowned them BBC Introducing’s ‘Record of the Week’ and earned them a near cool 8,000 plays on Soundcloud. This is pretty impressive for a band who have only just started playing venues such as the Sugarmill rather than at small cafes and dingy pubs.
With a bubbling and distorted bassline, ‘Cool’s intro is reminiscent of Jaws meets Wolf Alice. The lyrics describe the mysterious and cool teenager every girl dreamed of being when they were 16 year’s old such as, “Smoking cigarettes behind the bike sheds” and “She liked Nirvana”. Gannon said that girls naturally inspired ‘Cool’: “It’s a tired, dated, cliché. But pretty much everything comes back to it. It’s inescapable.” Self-produced at The Silk Mill Recording Studios, Fears Chella produce a lo-fi mix of heavy driving bass and sugary pop melodies.
Yes, Fears Chella are one of the million other indie/grunge four-pieces from Manchester but if the effortless ‘Cool’s anything to go by then their upcoming material will enable them to stand out. Lately, they have supported All Tvvins on their UK Tour and played at the Independent Venue Week Showcase at The Sugarmill. Currently, they are building buzz around the release of their next single, ‘Girlfriend’ on social media which will be “coming out very very soon” according to their Facebook page. So, keep your eyes peeled.
Words by Charlotte Miles