Punk-infused avant-indie rockers fFolks know how to create a mood. Featuring former members of much loved Wellington-based acts like Ghostplane, Letterbox Lambs and Ejector, the five-piece have been quietly working on the follow-up to their 2014 debut ACS for the better part of the last two years.
Supporting Tortoise in their hometown on December 3 at the San Fran with mates Hiboux, we chatted to the band as part of our Two Minutes With series.
Describe your music in five words or less?
Guitars get in the way.
What’s going on in the world of fFolks?
We've been in hibernation for the past 18 months or so, writing songs and refining our sound. Trying new things. We're currently trying to deal with an effects pedal outbreak. They're spreading and threatening to take over our tiny practice room. Jules has joined the party and brought his electric shovel, which harmonises nicely with Achilles' musical saw.
What motivates you to make music?
The unknown. After 20 plus years of being in bands with varying ambitions of making "it", we all just relish getting into a room, getting behind our instruments and seeing what might happen.
What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?
When we're jamming together and everything we play sounds great and works together. Those are high points.
Low point: The brief, post-coital glow of a show well-played, fading quickly to the cold hard reality that you have to clear the stage in a panic and load all the gear down a slippery metal staircase. And it always seems to be raining.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
fFolks mixtapes. Every month or so Andrew makes us all contribute three-to-four songs each, sometimes on a theme, but anything goes (Andrew always picks drum tracks!). It's a great way to discover new and old stuff. The last one actually had a couple of Tortoise tracks on it, so we're stoked to end up opening their Wellington show!
If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?
Well, Jules would go the furthest but Bret is gluten-free and Jules eats a LOT of gluten. So Achilles is looking like the most appealing thing on the menu at this point. He does a lot of cycling though, so he'll be quite chewy. It'd be a different story if Ash and Simon were here but they're not on this particular voyage.
Even though the boat that travels past the desert island ONLY leaves the port on Thursdays, Andrew thought there might be a Tuesday or Wednesday sailing too and he ended up missing the boat.
Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?
We're all pretty chilled but the US election result just came through and we're all feeling pretty pissed off and disillusioned by humanity right now.
You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring NZ artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
Pretty boring and vanilla but probably a "golden age of Flying Nun" type show, with bands that were just a little before our time, so we missed out on getting to see. Straitjacket Fits (with Andrew Brough), JPS Experience, Skeptics. Chuck in some old favourites like the 3Ds and Bressa Creeting Cake for good measure. Maybe add a modern, complimentary but a non-Nun act like SJD to the mix. Oh, and we'll open. It'd be at either the James Cab or the original Bar Bodega on Willis St—both sites for some for SO many great shows.
Yup, that would be a pretty perfect gig I reckon. Sadly members of the first three bands have all died, so it will never happen.