Love at first sight is a suitably relevant phrase given the day just around the corner, and that's exactly what FEATHERS inspired when their debut single 'Land Of The Innocent' dropped into our inbox just a few weeks ago.
An all-girl synth pop quartet from Austin, Texas, FEATHERS' first release is all ice-cool synths and to-die-for ghostly vocals that wrap around you and leave you feeling slightly unsettled - in the best possible way. It's about as formidable an opening salvo as we've heard in recent months and bodes exceptionally well for their debut album If All Now Here, set to land on April 15th.
Before that happens though, we figured it was our duty to make sure that more people knew about FEATHERS. If only to say, we told you so come April.
Introduce FEATHERS to the TMF readership
Hello, I'm Anastasia - singer/songwriter.
Courtney - I play bass.
Your debut single 'Land of the Innocent' is out in March. How would you sell it to us?
Anastasia: "A wistful moment of longing for simpler everything." It's a song that felt special for me even when it was just an embarrassing seedling of a one line with a foggy notion of a melody.
Do you have an earliest musical memory?
Anastasia: I remember being about 10 or 11 visiting family in Greece with my little sister. We had sneaked away some greatest hits of the 60's-70's from my mother who was back in the States. My little sister was homesick, and for some reason 'Daydream Believer' would elicit a downpour of tears from her... so I'd play it over an over in sheer amazement at the power of music, like pressing a melancholy button. Not the nicest big sister thing to do, but my sister has forgiven me and we still joke about it. I heard the song somewhere recently and I had to stop, it was nostalgic and funny at the same time.
Courtney: When I was young I would be into whatever music my mum was playing in her car. I must have been five or six singing a Violent Femmes song to myself and I remember her friends thinking it was hilarious and encouraging me to sing it again.
Was there a record or act that made you think 'I want to do this!'
Anastasia: I always imagined it but didn't actually think to pursue it, it just all sort of built piece by piece. I sometimes feel like I'm amazed by my younger self for thinking "let's do this" despite being a bit shy all of my life. I don't think there was one record, but if I had to pinpoint one at the earlier stages, I'd say PJ Harvey's 'This Is Love' on Songs From The City, Songs From The Sea. A friend introduced me to the record and I immediately reacted to how she just banged out a simple song and it felt like everything at the time, and then I worked backward to Rid Of Me.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, is there anything on there you'd rather we didn't see?
Anastasia: Yes, definitely. I've been meaning to download some Richard Marx, actually [laughs]
Do you have your own stuff on there?
Anastasia: Yes, but I don't really listen, except for once in a while. Lots of sketches too.
Courtney: Definitely - but it's mostly for practicing purposes.
Is there any style of music you just don't get?
Anastasia: New country. I can appreciate most everything else.
Courtney: I've tried and have a really hard time understanding or enjoying hardcore metal, although seeing metal bands live is impressive to say the least.
How was the process of recording your debut album If All Now Here? Any particular difficulties?
Anastasia: It took a long time because I did it myself. I had lots of help along the way, but I was manning the ship and trying to figure out what needed what. I had two songs that didn't feel right, but I didn't want to abandon, and got some help from Brian Foote, for instance. I had just sort of became too close to the songs to be able to see/hear them from a fresh perspective.
Following the release of your debut album in April, what's next on the FEATHERS agenda?
Anastasia: Touring and ready to work on a new record.
FEATHERS' debut single 'Land Of The Innocent' is out on March 4th, with their debut album If All Now Here to follow on April 15th. For more information, visit their official site - www.feathers.fm