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Land Of The Fair Ohs

Under the spotlight this week are psychedelic purveyors, Fair Ohs

Written by . Published on December 12th 2011.


Land Of The Fair Ohs

FAIR Ohs are far from your typical punk; the band takes its influences from an endless number of different genres  to produce a unique, musical sound that is wholly addictive. The three London boys have perfected their electrifying bass lines, pounding, jerky drums and instantly recognisable call and response lyrics.

We met at a grindcore show, can’t remember the band we were watching. It was cold but we all had shorts on. We bonded over this inane fact and drank until an imaginary band was formed. The band became real. We got real.

Eddy is on guitars, Matt on bass and Joey on drums; they seek inspiration in everything from ’60s psychedelic rock, with those great eastern strings twanging against the choppy beat, to likes of the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac. Their new single, ‘Salt Flats’, out on 23 January, is a postcard flexi and the last time that was done in the UK was in fact done by the Beatles. To use their own words,  this is ‘pretty rad’.

Why not Pharaohs?
Fair Ohs is better to Google, but pointless when said on the radio unless spelled out, which sounds dumb. I like it when people say Fair Ohs with a question mark at the end, sounds dumb also.

Weren’t you originally called Big Fucking Deal? Why the change in name?
Older people have money. Older people buy music. Older people don’t like the word ‘fuck’ in their band. Young people like the word ‘fuck’. Young people only download music; too much money spent on looking sexy.

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Describe your music – would you call it Brit punk?
I would just call it punk.

Give us a brief history of the how the band came to be.
We met at a grindcore show, can’t remember the band we were watching. It was cold but we all had shorts on. We bonded over this inane fact and drank until an imaginary band was formed. The band became real. We got real.

What do you see for the band in the future?
If Eddy gets his way, covering a Carly Simon song from her shit ’80s period. Carly Simon invented hypnogogic music long before Animal Collective got their cute paws all over it.

Favourite part of London?
We all live in east London, which is the obvious answer, but London is always amazing. I just don’t go to west London, nothing there, bit of a schlep too. 

Who influences you musically?
The other two guys in the band.  Been in loads of bands, none sounded like Fair Ohs, so I reckon it’s them that did it.

What has been you biggest challenge as a band so far?
Fitting all of our stuff into Roy the Rover for gigs.

Your music video for ‘Everything Is Dancing’ follows two guys dressed as Batman and Robin?
Everyone digs a love story, even between a skinny twink and a fat dude dressed as batman, it’s all love, man.

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How do you feel about your recently released your debut album?
We all like the record because its rad, obviously. Clichéd but true, we are more excited about the new songs for the second record. Fact.

Who are your favourite bands at the moment?
Sauna Youth – Hoax – Erkin Koray – Omar Souleyman – Trencher –Mikal Cronin – Dennis Wilson – Tense Men – Pukeoid –Carly Simon – The Spits – Violent Ramp – Orange Juice – Akron Family – Archers Of Loaf – D’Angelo – Fleetwood Mac – Lykke Li – J Dilla – Doom – Sleep – Mount Eerie – TVOTR – Jeans Wilder – Sun Araw – T.I.M.E – Noor Khan – Thee Milkshakes – Weakling – Nortt - Low - Rihanna - Bilal

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