Fawn Spots Summer live dates
Listen to Fawn Spots cover of Mission Of Burma’s ‘That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate’
UK Live Dates
Thurs 11th June – Fulford Arms, York
Sat 13th June – The Bulls Head, Birmingham
Sun 14th June – Lock Tavern, London
Fri 19th June – Fulford Arms, York
Sat 20th June – Fragment Fest, Castle Hotel, Manchester
Fri 3rd July – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
Sat 4th July – Underbelly, Hoxton
Sat 11th July – Scene Better Days Fest, Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Tues 14th July – The Polar Bear, Hull
Sat 25th July – Karma All Dayer Fest, Temple of Boom, Leeds
Sat 1st Aug – Fulford Arms, York
“Nods to Sonic Youth’s twisty-turny Daydream Nation and Natural Vision is pure Dinosaur Jr circa ’86-‘87” Q
“Consistently abrasive stuff and at times exhilarating” Loud & Quiet
“An uncompromising introduction into their world” NME
“Intelligent hardcore punk” Vive Le Rock
From Safer Place is the debut long-player from York-based punk trio Fawn Spots released earlier this year on Critical Heights. Pulsating with a visceral tension, the album calls to mind the cathartic energy of Rites of Spring and Husker Du with the disparate post punk angularity of Joy Division and Mission of Burma; urgent and raw but keeping to a clear sense of melody.
The album’s title captures the band’s existential angst and was borne out of the idea that growing older distances oneself from a place of security, propelling oneself into a position of ambivalence. This bittersweet transition – simultaneously daunting yet thrilling – is revealed musically throughout the album: just as becoming aware of oneself feels as if being ‘thrown’ into the world, From Safer Place thrusts you headfirst into its roaring surge.
Rather aptly, From Safer Place was written and recorded in sheds located in an abandoned Georgian garden, just outside of York; resulting in the album itself working as a literal message from a “safer place”. Lyrically, main songwriter Jonathan Meager has produced his most challenging, personal and complete work to date, influenced by T. S. Eliot and Jean Paul Sartre amongst others. Jonathan pinpoints Fawn Spots ethos as one borrowed from Guy Debord and The Situationists – to “live without dead time”, to become liberated from the everyday.
Fawn Spots formed in 2011, originally a two-piece, aiming to push how much noise two people could make – Fawn Spots started with intensity, but gradually became more focused and mature as artists, losing one drummer but gaining two new members and honing their expression in the process.
With Jonathan Meager and Oliver Grabowski on vocals and guitars, and recent addition Paddy Carley on drums, Fawn Spots intention for their debut was to “capture the band in its purest form”. Recording and engineering the album themselves gave Fawn Spots the opportunity to capture the band’s authenticity, an impression of which is best expressed in “New Sense”, a blistering evocation for a hidden world “never exposed” to reveal itself.
Fawn Spot’s debut album provides us with just this: a revelatory experience, a light-bulb moment, an exhilarating disassociation From Safer Place.