Face to face with fiN.
Life has been really busy for fiN lately: releasing their debut album ‘Life Is Wasted On The Living’ consisting of the band’s singles as well as several bonus tracks, playing shows and starting work at the sophomore record. Being a very special band, both musically and in terms of their music ethics, fiN have shown that when you do things differently, you succeed because you can’t be pigeonholed and all that remains for people is to admire your talent and courage. fiN’s bass player Kerry Lambert talks albums, daytime radio playlists and non-rock ‘n’ roll hobbies.
- Your debut full-length – the collection of your singles – ‘Life Is Wasted On The Living’ has been out for a while. Are you happy with the response to it so far?
– We never dreamt that Life Is Wasted On The Living would get such a great response. It’s totally blown us away actually! We’re still getting some really sweet messages from people on social media and the album reviews have been ego boosting to say the least!
- Releasing a debut full-length is an important milestone for any band. If you compare fiN before the release and fiN after the release of ‘Life Is Wasted On The Living’ – what are the differences?
– We’re still the same band. Just more confident I guess. When you know you’ve got a great fan base behind you, supporting you every step of the way it’s a pretty amazing feeling.
- There are some acoustic versions of your songs on ‘LIWOTL’. How did you like stripping the songs back to the acoustics? Does the idea of releasing a totally acoustic album appeal to you?
– Playing acoustically isn’t something that comes naturally to us so when we decided to try it we didn’t know what to expect. We just turned up at Jonny’s house and began jamming them out and when we were confident we recorded them right there in his living room. They turned out very differently to how any if us expected but we’re all very happy with them. What was great about it was playing different instruments to what we normally play. I got to play guitar on ‘It Changes Everything’ and ‘The Artisan’ as well as bass. Luke had this mad idea of sampling Jonny’s toilet seat and using it as percussion. The popping sound you can hear in ‘It Changes Everything’ is a toilet seat!
Like I said, I don’t think it’s something that comes naturally to us so I doubt we’d ever do an acoustic album although it was great fun experimenting.
- You’ve stated that work at album # 2 is already in progress. What stage is it at now? Do you have any plans as to the format of its release – mp3, CD, vinyl?
– We’ve written 52 new songs and demoed our favourite 15 but we’ve all been writing individually and have another batch of songs to work on so we may do that before we decide which tracks end up on the next album.
It’s still very early days so there’s no news on formats or release dates but I can say we’d like to release it on cd and we’ve had a friend offer to help us release it on vinyl so watch this space!
- What does your usual day in the studio look like?
– We usually arrive (late!) at Jonny’s house about sometime after 10:00am and ply ourselves with enough caffeine to kill a baby elephant. We listen through what we’ve been working on and then argue about it. We all have strong views about our music (obviously) so arguments take up a lot of our time! Once we’ve kissed and made up we may start to jam out new ideas and progress the songs further. We constantly shift from working on one song to another so we don’t get bored and it also means that no song is any more finished than another. We’ll probably finish them all at roughly the same time. There’s no real-time limit in the studio. We might leave at six or go on through till eight depending on how creative we’re feeling.
- You’ve played various venues – small, medium, huge. For you personally, what are the most special things about playing each of these venue sizes?
– Smaller shows are great because we get to meet everyone after but we rock out a hell of a lot live which means in smaller venues we all end up with massive cuts and bruises because of the cramped stages. We often get off the stage and play in the crowd. Luke can often be found walking across the bar in a pub gig or scaling the walls. I’m surprised none of us have been knocked out or seriously hurt yet! We definitely feel more at home on the large stages though. Our songs work better in arenas. Also we’re less likely to bash into each other when we’re jumping about like mad men!
- What’s the funniest story that’s ever happened to you on tour?
- Probably waking up still drunk with cocks drawn all over me, “Spunky Kerry Lambert” written on my arm and a shoe stuffed down my boxer shorts and then spending the entire next day around a family swimming pool trying to hide the profanities scrawled across my body from the kids… It was our last day at SXSW and I had drunk far too much!
- Which songs from fiN’s catalogue are essential fiN listen, that represent your band best of all? Which, do you think, are the best tracks for new fans to start acquaintance with fiN?
– The favourite for new fans seems to be ‘Twenty Three’ so I’d say that’s a good one to start although it doesn’t really represent fiN’s complete sound. The tracks that connect with us personally are ones like ‘Everybody Dies Alone’, ‘Eve’ and ‘The Artisan’.
- If you were in charge of daytime radio, which bands would you play first and foremost?
– Personally I’d stick on “At Action Park” by Shellac and then sit back and laugh… I like my rock music raw and noisy and it would make my day if I could make radio1 listeners sit through that album. It’s a tough listen!
We’d probably play dEUS, Foals, Radiohead, Fugazi, Alt J, Bjork, The Cardigans, Mansun, Feist.. We like a huge mix of music!
- What advice would you give to bands who want to go DIY and succeed in it?
– Your life will be much much easier if you sign a record deal! Haha! I think a lot of people start bands because they want the glamour and the rock n roll lifestyle. They think it will be an easy life. It’s not. If you want to take the DIY approach be prepared to work very hard. Having said that when something like this pays off and you see it all start to come together it’s incredibly satisfying because you literally did it all by yourself without any help from anyone except the fans who love your music.
- Is there anything you’d still like to learn in music?
– I wish I’d studied harder in music college. I’d still love to be able to read music. But having said that we’re doing well with the musical knowledge we have. I’d like to learn a different instrument like piano but we’ve got Jonny for that!
- What are your interests apart from music?
– Not very rock n roll but I love going to the gym. It’s my other passion. If I wasn’t in fiN I’d study to become a nutritionist or a personal trainer.
- What’s your idea of perfect free time?
– Relaxing with my girlfriend and watching or listening to Karl Pilkington talk nonsense, eating sushi and being in the sun! Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the fiN headspace and forget I’m even in a band for a while. The rest of my life is so filled up with band stuff!
- What are fiN’s plans for the nearest future?
– We’re still demoing new tracks and working on ideas so our immediate goal is to finish that and then we’d love to get out on the road again and play some more shows in the UK and Europe.