If there’s one thing that’s weird about this weekend’s Fandangle show – it’s that the ten year anniversary of Fly Away feels like it’s come around so quickly. I mean, when Fandangle were crowdfunding, promoting and recording this it felt like it was taking my whole life to come out.
It’s absolutely mad that that was ten whole years ago. It’s madder, in one sense, that I’m still listening to it – it’s a worn out CD in a smashed up old case, and I’m just as in love with it now as I was when it first, finally, dropped in 2008. It felt like forever that Fly Away was about to drop, but, when it did, it was totally worth it. In the run-up to this weekend’s anniversary show, we caught up with Andy B to see what’s happened since Fly Away, to snoop on preparations for the weekend, and to see what’s coming next.
Hello buddy! Thanks for having us!
We’re so excited to see new Fandangle shows. What’s brought this on?
Well, once we started talking earlier this year about doing a new album, it really just stemmed from that – We’ve got a group Whatsapp chat, and somebody chucked in a random comment about how it was 10 years since we released Fly Away. That just led to the idea that, hey, it’d be fun to maybe do a one off show just playing that album. We weren’t sure if anyone would be into the idea, so we floated the idea in a Facebook post, and the rest is history – Well, very recent history!
Everyone at Bananatown is giddy and silly for this. Stupid question – but how excited are you all for this weekend?
Oh mate, so, so excited! Just to all be in a room together rehearsing is fun in itself, but there’s a certain energy that hits us all when we play together live. There’s a couple of songs on Fly Away that we never played live, so that’s been a fresh challenge, but yeah – we’re super stoked to even be able to do this kind of album show, it’s all thanks to the lovely people that have stuck by us as a band over the years.
We checked the Fandangle Facebook bio – and the current location is “Sitting on Ass.” In fact, it’s been mad-busy since Fly Away, hasn’t it? I mean, we covered New Riot, Upbeat Allstars, Andy B and the World, Ed was in Kids Can’t Fly, and Adam seems to have been everywhere? What’s been going on?
Haha yea, I think the “sitting on ass” related back then to us ALWAYS being on tour, so we were forever sat in the bus/death trap that we travelled around in. Everyone’s been crazy busy – between everyone there has been three marriages, three kids, and all sorts of life happenings, but we all still meet up as a group pretty often, and quite a few of us still play – Jack’s just been to Barcelona drumming for a singer, and I think half your list above are bands / projects I’ve started!Adam’s living in LA now, but the other guys are still pretty local to Surrey except for me and Craig.
Of course, after Fandangle split/went on a hiatus back in March 2009, most of us continued on as New Riot, and that saw us through for a few years too. That album Riot.Sleep.Repeat will be ten years old in 2020! Ha….
• Do you think this is why we’re getting our next album now?
Um, I think it just felt like time to get together and make some new music – Adam Tom and I have all been writing “Fandangle-y” songs, and we needed an excuse to hang out more too, so it all just came about. Also, it’s just one of those things I think – without the pressure we used to put on ourselves back 10 years ago, some things could come about a bit more organically, and we’re finding that with these songs – yes, we’ve had some demo’ing sessions where our concentration is firmly on writing together – I mean, Fly Away was mostly songs we already played when we came to record it, only a few were brand new – this time, they’re all new songs so we’re starting from scratch. Actually, there are a couple of old songs we’re going to re-record too, but mostly to make them sound nicer, rather than be lazy songwriting. The writing of new songs for it has been really fun, hopefully that’ll show in the finished product! We’re stoked for it though, there’s some very classic Fandangle style songs, and a few with a slight evolution of the sound too.
It’s obviously an absolute one-off to play Fly Away in full. And that line-up is killer. This is a great chance to drop a hint about those super secret support – or anything else we can look forward to on Saturday? What’s coming up?
Haha I knew you’d ask me that! Essentially, the Secret Support are really good friends of ours, we used to tour/play together a fair bit, and they’re doing this show with us for fun as they are total legends. We might announce them tonight 😉
this is Facebook-official, now: it’s legendary ska-punkers [spunge]
What’s happening afterwards?
Aftershow party in the venue, one of friends Tasmin will be dj’ing.
After that, I expect we’ll be busy recovering – as it’s been a while since we’ve played this fast for such a long set for many years! Haha!
• We’ve seen the sneaky peeks online. How’s that new record coming?
• Do you (think you) know when it’ll be ready?
• What’s it going to be like?
Well! As is tradition, we’re behind schedule, but we are psyched about what we have so far, that’s for sure. Rather than just recreate Fly Away, we’ve been writing all sorts, but once we start demoing ideas together it just ends up turning itself into a Fandangle song anyway! It is of course Ska Punk through and through, we’ll actually be posting some little spoilers as we go. I think you can definitely expect another 15 song album the way we’re going, but our plans to be wrapped up by December became increasingly unrealistic once we added the Fly Away London show into the mix as well – I would guess at an early summer 2019 release, but I’d like to hope it’ll be worth the wait. We just came to think we didn’t want to rush it: we’d like it to be as good as it can be, especially for the fans, so yeah – keep an eye on the Fandangle Social Medias, once the show is out of the way we’ll be delving in a lot more!