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Fans Of Faye / Press

“Designed To Be shows off the kind of youthful exuberance you would expect from a band with an average age of 22, but it would be a disservice to the band to suggest this is all the record has to offer. There’s a level of maturity here in the song writing that shows the band left the honeymoon period a long time ago. The eponymous opening track lures you in gently, ensuring it has your attention before things kick off with uplifting, delicate guitars providing a backdrop to the emphatic vocals of Zachary Hart. It’s a promising opening track that lays down the marker for what’s to come, but the beauty of this record is its ability to bloom as it progresses. ‘Reckless’ shows a grittier side of the band, a track that takes you in all kinds of directions, held together by a great chorus, while ‘Are You Finished?’ has all the hallmarks of a typical modern British rock song (think Mallory Knox but with a bit more aplomb). Zachary’s vocals are a fantastic focal point for the b”

“Opening with the eponymous title track ‘Designed To Be’ they breathlessly sledge-hammered their twin-guitar colours firmly to the battle-mast of grandiose and snarling, chiming anthemic Indie rock. Still disconcerting youthful in flush-cheeked wonder they’re nevertheless a decidedly long-in-the tooth, experienced damn tight band. The dynamic of this accomplished set of songs outside the studio really does stretch them to the limit and beyond – as it should be. No coasting – no prisoners. They’re ambitious and sincerely driven. This is a worthy debut album on which to base a rock till you drop relentless schedule of live gigging. They pay their inspirational dues to the like of fellow Midlanders Twang/Enemy et al, together with ‘Edgy’ revered referencing. We’ll need more convincing about the necessity of accruing some Metal-cred with the formulaic ‘Hunting Season Begins’, however. ‘Handlebars’ was much more assured with swelling guitar jangles, reverb riffs a”

“Designed To Be is the alluring debut album from Stourbridge’s Fans of Faye. Like many young outfits, Fans of Faye has been through many name changes. But in the winter of 2004, a dear friend and inspiration to the bandå, Faye, tragically lost her life in a car crash. She was the catalyst for their youthful passion for writing and so her premature death sealed the band’s moniker as a lasting testimony. Despite FoF’s average age of only 22, this engaging 12-track stock is the product of the best part of a decade. Opting to shun a hasty introduction onto the national scene, FoF instead focussed on the Midlands gig circuit. This local live focus has been rewarded with a strong and loyal fan-base, who in return have seen them support the likes of Versa Emerge, Francesqa, Natives and The Casting Out.”

“The fact this track has already zoomed up the iTunes rock chart is one thing, but today, Fans of Faye have finally got the accolade they’ve always wanted. ‘Paint The Sun’ gets the ‘double thumbs up/full head nod/ excited-in-our-pants’ seal of approval from Emerging Icons. Yep, this catchy little number has sent our Likelihood-For-Future-Success-ometer off the scale. The sophisticated balance of pop appeal with accessible alt tendencies will secure Fans OF Faye’s place in the thriving rock gig circuit in years to come- especially if the echoes of bands like You Me At Six and Taking Back Sunday strike a chord with their vast fanbases. We’ll be front row though, that’s for sure" You need to hear this”

Emerging Icons

“…waves of emotion, passion and soaring music set to come our way with their debut album, ‘Designed To Be’, due for release in autumn 2012, Fans Of Faye are set to gain themselves many more new fans." ”

Splizz Magazine

“For such a young band, they really have an expansive and mature sound which is a massive compliment because the song sounds like it could have been written by any number of famous indie bands out there" ”

Greg Spencer - Hit The Floor Magazine

“The fact this track has already zoomed up the iTunes rock chart is one thing, but today, Fans of Faye have finally got the accolade they’ve always wanted. ‘Paint The Sun’ gets the ‘double thumbs up/full head nod/ excited-in-our-pants’ seal of approval from Emerging Icons. Yep, this catchy little number has sent our Likelihood-For-Future-Success-ometer off the scale. The sophisticated balance of pop appeal with accessible alt tendencies will secure Fans OF Faye’s place in the thriving rock gig circuit in years to come- especially if the echoes of bands like You Me At Six and Taking Back Sunday strike a chord with their vast fanbases. We’ll be front row though, that’s for sure" You need to hear this.”

Emerging Icons

"Fans Of Faye with an average age of just 22 have delivered a fine first album"

David Mclaughnin - On Fans Of Faye Designed To Be - Kerrang Magazine

"They are mature beyond their years and theres soul in the music"

Lais Martins Waring - On Fans Of Faye 'Designed To Be' - Big Cheese Magazine