FAIRCHILD [Album Launch]
In 2014, Gold Coast six-piece FAIRCHILD began a series of pre-production sessions, with each band member contributing ideas, unhindered by genre expectations. FAIRCHILD worked individually and in small groups, at times swapping instruments, sharing half-baked riffs, beats, bites and grooves during an exacting four-month period of brainstorming and noticed parallels between their recordings and the songs of the 80s bands they’d always loved.
By early 2015, FAIRCHILD began recording what would become their debut album under producer/mixer Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice). The band then packed their bags and moved halfway across the world to Manchester, UK—a city in which they had no following, no homes and no source of income—in order to shake up their senses and focus on touring, performing and finishing their record.
FAIRCHILD have now returned home after two years in the UK and are proud to announce the release of their debut album So Long and Thankyou, a collection of tracks that traces their experiences from Australia to the UK, and back again.
Speaking on the significance of the album title, keyboardist Nathan Lyons states, ‘FAIRCHILD have been together a long time. We spent our twenties making music and seeing the world as a band. A lot of people had to support us along the way. The track we chose for the album title represents the collective emotions and experiences the six of us have shared together. I guess it’s our way of saying goodbye to Manchester and thankyou to everyone we met and lost along the way. Just like we did when we left Australia over two years ago.’
FAIRCHILD have released three EPs and multiple singles, with ‘Relevance’ and ‘Start Again’ entering the Spotify Viral 50 and FMQB SubModern Charts in the US, respectively. The band has toured Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and North America, playing showcases at Canadian Music Week and Music Matters Live. During their stay in the UK, FAIRCHILD embarked on a nation-wide tour with MOTHXR, supported The Human League on their A Very British Synthesizer arena shows and opened for US rockers MUTEMATH on the European leg of their ‘Vitals’ tour.
FAIRCHILD’s debut album So Long and Thankyou will be released on August 4th via their own label, Canvas Sounds along with a hometown launch show at elsewhere. Joining them will be TH’FIKA + Clawmachine.