We caught up with Icelandic experimental-post-punk outfit Fufanu for a chat ahead of their show at The Flapper on Monday 20th February, with FEET & Veda.
Your new record Sports was released on Friday 3rd February 2017. What can we expect from the album?
Build up, tension, release, melancholy and happiness.
You started out as an experimental electronic duo called Captain Fufanu. How does the new record compare to LP Few More Days to Go both musically and lyrically?
The album is in many ways more confident and grown up compared to Few More Days to Go. We used more of our electronic soundscape and kept the soundscape really focused for each song. People have also told us that they feel a more positive vibe in it.
What was it like growing up in the music scene in Reykjavik, Iceland?
We can’t compare it to any other cities because we don’t have the experience of growing up anywhere else. But for us it was good… good access to music and it was easy if you had the will to start some project and play shows.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner was the producer on Sports. What impact did he have on the making of the record?
His biggest impact was pushing us to write more. There were songs and parts we had decided that were ready, but Nick got us to write more, different things perhaps, some worked some didn’t. He came in with a pair of fresh ears and managed to act like a director rather than a writer.
In what way did your Icelandic surroundings influence the new record?
That is for one of the genius out in the world to answer… You see, for us these surroundings are really normal. Schizophrenic weather, a lot of darkness vs. a lot of daylight, it’s just built in us. I think travelling and experience new parts of the world and be able to compare that to our home had more influence on us than being in Iceland.
Damon Albarn remixed the single ‘Ballerina in the Rain’ from Few More Days To Go. How did you come about to supporting him at London’s Albert Hall and also Blur?
Kaktus used to work with him on his first solo album Everyday Robots and touring that album with him as well. Kaktus played him some demos from that album and this idea came up that we would open for him in Royal Albert Hall. From that moment the Fufanu/Damon ball started to roll and one thing led to another.
What have you got planned for the rest of 2017?
More gigs in US and Europe… write more music and then write again, write more music.
And finally, what can people expect when they attend your show at The Flapper on Monday 20th February?
A decent live show filled with great energy from a group of Icelandic city boys.
FUFANU PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2017, WITH SUPPORT FROM FEET & VEDA. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.
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