The Fiends are a 5 piece Alt / Indie band with a punk edge from the pretty shitty city of Swansea, South Wales who formed during the global pandemic and draw influence from the likes of Fontaines DC, Idles, Arctic Monkeys and many more.
The band has to date released 4 well received studio singles – their debut “Glitz & Glamour”, 2nd single “Teenage Aspirations”, 3rd single “Cyanide” (Acoustic) followed by the most recent single “Small Talk” which saw them receive regular airplay and support via Amazing Radio in the UK and USA as well as many other radio stations. The band will released their highly anticipated new single “Why’s It So Liberating?” on 10th June 2022.
Please introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..
We’re The Fiends, Five Piece Band from Swansea, South Wales.
How did you all meet?
We all met during restrictions in lockdown where we were allowed to meet up and practice. Ethan posted on a Facebook group looking for a drummer, whom then Quint got in touch with Ethan. Quint asked if Josh wanted to join the band, all the while Bal was looking start a new band and Quint asked him to be lead guitarist. We’d often cover songs, write and practice our tunes in the garage until later on down the line Ceth joined the band after Ethan switched to doing vocals only. He was like the missing piece to The Fiends and added a new dynamic to our band’s chemistry.
What’s the writing process?
Although we love the same music, we all still have difference influences that we drive into our own music. Often one of us will have a riff and then all of us will build off on that idea. Like one of our tunes Small Talk, Eggy wrote this really indie chord progression inspired the strokes, and Bal wrote a QOTSA style riff for the intro and Circa Waves style lead melody. Sometimes on rare occasions one of us will have an entire song written and demoed to then spend the day sharing it with each other. We just take bits of our own influences, put them together to make something new yet familiar.
How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?
We don’t really transfer any onstage energy into the studio. Like how we are on stage is how we are off stage, I think our first tour is an example of that. We just bounce off each other’s energy when we’re in the studio and put that into our songs.
What come first lyrics or music?
Mainly the music comes first, however it’s a bit of both. Eggy will write a thousand lines of lyrics and put them together to whatever we’re playing and it works. I don’t think we’ve been able to write a melody or lyric for Eggy yet.
What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?
Main Support for The Snuts to a SOLD-OUT crowd of 500 people in Sin City. The atmosphere was amazing, the sound was tight and the crowd were even singing back some of our songs.
What was the last track you played on Spotify?
Binley Mega Chippy
Do you think the government needs to do more to support grass roots venues?
Oh yeah definitely, without a doubt! There’s not enough support for these venues and what the government don’t realise is a lot of the most popular artists all started at these grassroot venues, not on Youtube or Facebook as “influencers”. We’re very fortunate to have some amazing venues in Swansea that gives us a platform to play music like The Bunkhouse and Sin City. Not only that but even Cardiff too with Clwb Ifor Bach, The Moon and Tramshed.
If you could open for any band who would it be?
Fontaines DC! They’re coming down to play at the new Swansea Arena and we’d love to open for them as they’re our main influences.
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
Belle Dame. We toured with them for 5 days they were a good laugh and have some great tunes.
What did you miss most about live gigs?
The energy you get from the crowd. It’s all fun playing in practice, but the energy from live gigs is a whole another level.
Talk us through the new track?
We have a few songs online and probably by the time anyone is reading this there will be a brand- new track “Why’s it so liberating?” as well as a visualiser on our YouTube Channel. They can be all found on our artist page on Spotify and Apple music “The Fiends”.
Where can we find out more?