#55 THE FRISBYS – PHILOSOLOVE 27 April 2013 By Ali Mason
Please do not confuse the Frisbys with one or more fris-bees. Far from being named after something you might toss away, they take their name from the harmonising twins at their core, Helen and Nicola Frisby. Together with Sam Keer and Marc Robinson, they have been treating an array of London venues to their beautiful sound – steeped in English folk traditions without a hint of insipidity – for the past couple of years and, following the release of the debut EP Philosolove a couple of weeks ago, they are now ready to spread their wings a little further.
The Frisbys take their inspiration from Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and a few modern day influences too, as Stephanie Darkes discovers…
Hi guys, how is 2013 treating you so far?
Nicola: Great so far. We will be releasing our debut E.P ‘Philosolove’ on the 25th March, which we’re all really excited about. We’ve also done a couple of live radio sessions, which was a nice way of seeing how it all works behind the scenes. Helen: We recently had our first gig of the year, which was supporting Coyne and Drever at the Scream Lounge in Croydon. It was an amazing start to the year playing with such established musicians.
How did you become involved in the type of music you play/sing now?
Helen: Nic and I have been singing and writing together since we were tiny. We were always singing at the back of long car journeys, harmonizing along to the radio. Nicola: We met Sam and Marc whilst we were studying music at University. I suppose the type of music that we play is a combination of the music that we love to listen to.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Marc: As a band we all like quite different stuff. So choosing songs to cover is always hard, as someone usually has to back down. We all really love Fleetwood Mac and artists from the 70s such as Carole King, Jackson Browne and the Eagles. Sam: Someone like Gotye is inspiring because he’s so unique but has managed to break into the mainstream.
What do you think about online music sharing?
Helen: As a band, you want your music to be heard and so it is a good thing that people are sharing music that they enjoy. The downside is that it can be difficult for upcoming musicians to fund making their music, when they have to give so much away for free. You need be creative with how you promote your music and move with the times. Sam: The emphasis is now on live music and using recordings a promotional tool. It suits us as playing live is one of our strengths and is the best part of being in a band.
What gigs do you have lined up this year? Marc: Our next gig is at Matthews Yard in Croydon on the 28th March, which is our first time playing there. We are booking in as many gigs as we can so that we can promote the EP. An EP launch party is in the works, which should be a lot of fun. There will also be a mini tour in the summer for a couple of weeks as well as some small festival gigs.
Where is your favourite place to go out in Croydon?
Nicola: We used to go out quite a lot in Croydon town centre but we spend most of our time now at The Scream Lounge. It has a really warm atmosphere and is a great place to check out local bands.
If you could support an artist / band from the present or past who would it be and why?
Sam: I think we would all say someone different because we all grew up listening to different bands. I would pick the Eagles because I would have loved to have met them and been in America in the 70’s in that scene.
Describe your music in 5 words….
All: Original, Warm, Melodic, Harmonious, Folky-Pop,
Thank Folk For That
With comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and First Aid Kit, and with venues like The Natural History Museum already ticked off their list, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to what The Frisbys had to offer. And just as their CV promised, I was blown away. The title-track of their new EP Philosolove began with beautiful vocals, which evolved into some truly stirring harmonies between the twin Frisby sisters Nicola and Helen, which reached unexpected heights once Marc Robinson and Sam Keer brought them into full swing. There’s a fresh, honest feel to this band that make them instantly likeable, and, as well as their undeniable talent, their wonderful chemistry is sure to make their debut EP a success, and allow them to keep creating this moving, uplifting, and sometimes movingly haunting, music. Based – London Find them at – thefrisbysband.co.uk Latest release – EP – Philosolove Listen to – Tired
Delicious harmonies, supreme musicianship, original style
I first saw The Frisbys performing a live set at The Bedford in Balham, one of London’s finest live music venues for emerging artists. This four-piece band is led by twin sisters Nicola and Helen Frisby, and are ably accompanied by Marc and Sam on guitars and harmonies. Their songs are a blend of English folk with melodic pop, adorned with superb guitar picking, haunting flute, and the most delicious harmonies like only twins can sing. Nicola’s lead vocals are fresh, original and possess a distinctive Irish twang on the low range, and are beautifully complimented by Helen’s higher alto vocal characteristics.
Although they have been together as a band for a relatively short period of time since 2011, they play in complete harmony and make it look, feel and sound like they have been together all their lives. Their repertoire is made up largely of the twins’ compositions, but they have recently started to write together as a band, which no doubt will inject a whole new dimension to their sound with the boys own influences which range from hip hop to rock.
Their forthcoming EP ‘Philosolove’ is a fully studio produced collection of songs, some of which they included in their set in the Under The Radar live session. (Watch the videos below). No date has been set for the release of the EP as I write, so do keep an eye out on The Frisby’s website or in this blog where we will post a review.
The Frisbys are a very original, innovative and fresh band who have enough musical talent and ability to capture the hearts of new audiences, and it should come as no surprise when they start to headline important gigs and sell out some of the larger and more established music venues around the UK and beyond.