Le Fomo a punchy mix of 80’s and 90’s nostalgia
Tiny Anchor is the second single from their upcoming album, and it’ll be hitting digital platforms in Europe on the 21st of August.
So as we’re still in lockdown we can’t interview acts face to face, and we can’t come see their gigs… but we can still introduce some of our favorite new music to our readers.
Le Fomo’s second single of 2020 – delivers a punchy mix of 80’s and 90’s nostalgia with its analogue hand claps and Saved By The Bell toms underscoring one of the catchier melodies you may hear this year. Kai’s signature guitar hooks you right from the beginning, launching into Ess’s rich and punchy vocal delivery. It’s pop, it’s punk, it’s new wave, and you won’t want to miss this one.
Tiny Anchor is accompanied by a gloriously neon animated video for the track, created by Dani Aloi at Crystal Swamp Studios. The European single release – out on the 21st of August via AnalogueTrash – also includes an exclusive remix from AnalogueTrash label-mates The Cowls.
Northern Revive: What made you want to get into music?
Ess– I’ve been writing songs since I was four! Music has always brought me pure joy. When I’m playing music with people or performing for people– that feeling of connection is so electric and direct. I also feel it when I’m playing alone. Music has gotten me through some really hard times.
Kai– I started stealing my older brother’s guitar and playing around with it in middle school, and I immediately became obsessed. Playing music calms me down and allows me to be present. Similarly to Ess, I love the feeling of connection that comes from playing with other people and from performing.
Northern Revive: What’s the writing process?
More recently become a lyric driven one. Start with some words, shape them into lyrical perfection (this part is sometimes both Ess and Kai), bring the lyrics to life with a melody, nudge the melody and nudge the lyrics to align and reveal the great powers of the universe, play around with various bass lines and rhythms, structure the song and make room for a lead instrument– guitar or synth usually– and either Kai or I write that lead instrument part. Lately we’ve started to maintain either melodic consistency between the vocals and the lead instrument or more deliberate call and response, or spinning off from the same melodic ideas.
But it’s different for each song and it’s changed over time, too. When it comes to songwriting, we tend to have two approaches — a lot of our songs start as jam sessions and then we pull out the good bits and shape them, with Ess largely guiding the structure into place. For more of the newer songs, Ess has done more of the initial work on their own and then Kai will come in and plug in guitar and/or drums a little later in the process as described above.
Ess writes a lot of the lyrics, but we also have a collaborative lyric writing process where we both brainstorm out loud or in a doc together or we take a block of Ess’s writing and we wordsmith until we find those places where the meaning and the shape of the words click just right.
Northern Revive: How did you all meet?
We met at an art show in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco about ten years ago when we both first got to the Bay Area, and we found ourselves immediately engaged in pretty charming and fun banter about the art. We dated on and off for a couple of years then and played music together in a different band (Ess on synth and Kai on bass). After our romantic relationship ran its course, we took a break and then we reconnected as friends and bandmates and started playing together as Le Fomo. We’ve gone on a couple of short West Coast tours and have played a bunch of shows around the Bay Area before spending the last year focused on producing and now releasing our first full length studio produced album on AnalogueTrash. It’s been so critical to have the foundation of having known and cared about each other for so long.
Northern Revive: What other talents do you have?
Ess– visual art, furniture upholstery, writing, cartography!
Kai — writing, visual art/illustration, programming, probably more?!
Northern Revive: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Center the voices of black artists, trans artists, queer artists (intersectionally).
Northern Revive: If you could collaborate with any one who would it be?
TT the Artist, Peaches, Fever Rey/The Knife, Leikeli47, Hercules and Love Affair, Light Asylum, Billie Eilish, Lullatone.
Northern Revive: What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
TT the Artist, Lafemmebear, Squid Ink, Maya Songbird, The Damed, Baywitch, Scorpio Moon, St. Lucifer, The Cowls, IIOIOIOII, Ricardo Autobahn, Little Teeth.
Northern revive: What’s the scene like where you are from?
Well, in normal times, the music and arts scene here thrives. Oakland has been home to so many incredible house and warehouse performance spaces which is where the music community really takes root and thrives, and of course we also have plenty of other more formal venues such as The New Parish. Ess lives in a house that’s hosted packed out shows for years– a little over a year ago we had a tiny music fest with a line up of fierce gender expansive Oakland bands and a couple hundred people came out. We can’t do that again anytime soon, but I’m considering hosting tiny ten person gatherings in our backyard (six feet distanced!) here and there, and we know others have been trying to find ways to hold socially distanced shows, but it’s all so strange right now and it does seem that much of it is still located on the internets, or in new remote collaborations, or is just latent and will manifest again somehow, somewhere.
Northern Revive: Talk us through the new track
Ess: Tiny Anchor is a song about navigating intimacy. It can be hard to see that someone loves/likes you when your traumatic/fear based thinking patterns get in the way. An interaction can easily feel like rejection when we’re on high alert. It‘ll send us off spinning. I like to ‘throw a tiny anchor’ to slow things down, to take some emotional space to understand what’s happening without tanking the whole ship, and course correcting if needed.
I can also really get pulled under by my patterns, and that’s when I call upon resources to help me find me way out—such as a love-enveloping Sea Dragon Goddexx to surround me and lift the veil from my heart and eyes. Or— in some cases—to affirm that my fear is there for a good reason, and I should listen to it. It can be hard to know what’s going on. This song is part of my process of figuring it all out.
Northern Revive: Where can we find out more? (also flog us some merch we love tees…..)
We’ll be making some shirts soon and will send you one for sure!! We’ll be releasing our second single, Tiny Anchor, on AnalogueTrash on August 21st, and our full album on September 25th. The album is available for preorder on Bandcamp.