Words by Nils Rehlinger
Feature image courtesy of Bandcamp.
Hailing from sunny Madrid, FAVX are a 3-piece boy band who refuse to be put in a box. The band’s sonic aesthetic has been described as an exotic blend of post-hardcore, noise and pop. A mix that certainly does not disappoint and has received its seal of approval by VICE and SXSW 2018, granting them to come back for a second time in 2019. After the successful reception of their debut E.P. called ‘Welfare’, FAVX are now in the works for their debut L.P. and ahead on their first European tour.
We are sitting in the back of my garden in t-shirts on a questionably hot October afternoon. Dani (vocalist & guitarist), Carlos (bassist) and Nico (drummer) resent a homely atmosphere under the bright sun and enjoy a beer after the completion of yesterday’s performance at Fresh Trash (ft. Lice, Rat October & Only 2 Sticks), the first show of their European tour here in Luxembourg City.
Nils (Q): Yesterday was the first time you played in Luxembourg, how was the show?
Dani: It was the first show of our tour and before that, we were recording an album, so we were not so much in the live mood, but it was really cool to play Rotondes (the venue). Well, I think Carlos had a bad experience
Carlos: *chuckling* Yeah, I have to say it was one of the sickest venues I played. But to be honest, it was a nightmare for me, because I felt so sick while I was playing. And just when I ended the show, I went running to the bathroom and I threw up because I was feeling so sick.
Nils: I saw you running off and I thought it is just one of the Rockstar things you do on your live shows.
Carlos: *laughing* Despite that it was a cool show. Great bands and sick venue. We enjoyed it.
Nils (Q): How are the recordings for your debut album going? Are they finished?
Dani: Yeah, we were recording for almost 3 weeks and now the recordings are in the mixing process. It was very exhausting. Now we have to figure out how we are going to release and promote it.
Nils (Q): I watched some of your Instagram stories while you were recording and it looked like you were doing some DIY stuff. Were you recording at someone’s home and not in a studio?
Dani: No, it has a studio in it. But it is this weird studio that is in the middle of nowhere in Spain. It’s owned by a guy who is a little bit crazy and he’s like an electronic music freak. It’s the same place where we recorded ‘Welfare’. We did really weird things when we were recording. For example, at some point in a song on Welfare, you can hear a sword noise.
Nils (Q): What stood out in your Instagram stories was the different techniques of orchestrating noise. What is your approach to the album? What are the concepts and influences?
Dani: I would say that this album is quite personal, about our own problems. Some songs are about being on the internet and doing nothing and other stuff.
Nico: About the noise thing, what we primarily focused on during the recording sessions was how we could form our own sound. That is very difficult nowadays. You know.. everything’s been done, we all know it. We try to make it personal. Experimenting with distortions, feedbacks, delays, reverbs, is just a way of searching for our own personal sound. I think we are close to it.
Well, Welfare was like one sound for the entire E.P. On the album, each song is going to have their own sound and all the songs have their own personality. It’s real noise mixing punk, pop and post-hardcore. All that stuff that influences us.
Nils (Q): When do you think could the album be coming out?
Nico: First half of 2019 probably.
Dani: Right now, we focus on bringing in the best we can and later on we will worry about the release.
Nils (Q): How is your local music scene?
Dani: Spain has a very strong music scene, but our music industry is really weak. It’s a weird combination. You got loads of bands, especially in Madrid, and there are always concerts going on. The music agenda in Barcelona is really huge, also in Valencia, Bilbao and Galicia have one of the strongest scenes in Spain. At some point, we got really cool DIY structures and loads of good bands, but we don’t have a strong industry like in the UK or USA where they can afford a good situation for the band. I love the Spanish music scene, but I think that there is a lot of improvement to do.
Nico: The bands are awesome, there are a lot of bands, but it seems to be more like a hobby, something people do when they are not working.
Nils (Q): Hinds, also a band from Spain, are trying to get an audience in the UK. Is that something you also consider doing; getting a target audience in a place where the music network is more established?
Dani: Well, the Hinds situation has been for some years a very polemic thing in the sense that in Spain, people were for or against Hinds. It was a really weird situation a couple years ago. I would say that Hinds has opened the gates for Spanish bands outside of Spain. The groundwork bands all have the same strategy, trying to become international. It has worked out, which means there is a way out, which is cool because there are a lot of bands in Spain who sing in English. And, of course, in Spain, there is only a limited amount of venues you can play.
Nico: What Hinds are doing is awesome. It’s an example for all of us. You can be a band from Spain and still be huge outside of Spain. People in Spain always thought that we could never get that far outside of Spain, playing headline shows and festivals. Now, I think we are changing our mentality. We start thinking that our frontiers are outside of Spain, musically.
The band recommends Coriño, Mourn and ZA!
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