There are few bands that have been featured as regularly in these pages as South London punk soul rockers The Fades, and with both of us turning 20 years old in 2023 it only seemed right that we join forces for a birthday knees up at one of our favourite venues.
We caught up with the band ahead of the show, which will see them joined by Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something and The Burning Feathers on 16th September. Tickets for the show are available via WeGotTickets here.
Who’s in the band and what do they play?
Dave Lightfoot lead vocals and guitar, Jonny Barnard guitar, James Lightfoot bass and BV’s and Alastair ‘Flash’ Thorpe ‘ drums and BV’s
How would you describe your sound to someone who’s not heard you before?
Eccentric post-punk garage indie rock, combining a tongue in cheek sense of humour, songs of love and loss, anxiety and introspection with fierce and energetic raw energy.
Who are some of your biggest influences and how have they affected your approach to making music?
Weezer, the Pixies, Nirvana, Faith No More….. many, many influences. It’s a real mix and melting pot of inspirations, from attitude to sound that have seeped in to the band and help create who we are and the music we make
Who are your favourite current artists and what do you like about them?
Been listening to a lot of the new breed of garage rock bands like Bad Nerves, Teen Mortgage, Wine Lips and Alien Nosejob. I think the relentless energy and ferocity of the songs is engaging
What do you like most about playing live?
It’s always amazing to see how songs are received and every time you play live it is different. The venue, the crowd, the feel of the band – it means that even though you’ve played the same song hundreds of times, it feels brand new.
What makes the perfect gig?
A receptive and supportive crowd. It’s amazing to get the positive energy back from the audience.
Tell us an interesting fact/anecdote about your band
Simon Pegg’s wife used to be our regional press manager and Simon came to a few of our early gigs to watch and hang out. We did a load of Jagermeister with them both after a gig somewhere on Savile Row once.
When did you first come across Joyzine & what connection do you have to the site?
I think your memory might be clearer than ours, things are a little hazy now. We talk about a lot of it with you in this interview. We played a fundraising gig for you and it was a lot of fun, a very exciting time to be a band in London. From the very first time we were asked to play a Joyzine gig and featured in your pages, we have been a part of the Joyzine story for 20 years – more or less the same amount of time as we have been a band, so we are inextricably linked and that is very cool
What were you doing 20 years ago?
20 years ago we released our first single ‘You Say’ and we were getting radio play on what was then called XFM, also from the legend that is Steve Lamacq – funnily enough we recently found a recording of the first time he played the Fades on the Radio 1 Evening Session and have been posting it up on our socials. He recently played our latest single, he’s been playing our music for 20 years! We were also gigging around London, meeting Art Brut, Ciccone and so many other brilliant bands along with all of you awesome people and forging the great relationships that we still have to this day
Aside from this gig, what else do you have going on/coming up soon?
We have a new single ‘Small Again’ coming out on Sept 8th and a few more gigs over the next couple of months. Sept 16th with you guys, Sept 22nd at the Holroyd Arms, Guildford and November 18th at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston Upon Thames.
Club Fade & Joyzine’s 20th Birthday Bash takes place on Saturday 16th September at The Lexington. Tickets, priced at £11 + booking fee are available via WeGotTickets here.
Find out more about The Fades on their official website
Interview by Paul Maps