This ‘Foetals’ article was written by Rachael Chinery, a GIGsoup contributor
Jolan Lewis’ resumé boldly comprises fronting ‘The Pink Teens’ and ‘Temple Songs’, playing in ex-WU LYF member Francis Lung’s band and most recently fronting ‘The Foetals’ – whose debut single ‘Fine’ was released on June 11th ahead of their debut album ‘Meet The Foetals’. The debut LP is due to drop this October via Swedish label PNKSLM, whose knack for unearthing prodigious indie talent has built them an admirable roster containing the likes of ‘The Castillians’, ‘Magic Potion’, ‘Sex Beet’ etc.
‘Fine’ pursues and sustains a foundation of lo-fi blurred garage rock; similar to early ‘Black Keys’, blended with a distinctly recognizable Mancunian Britpop vocal and guitar tone. The track also dabbles with influences from ‘The Kinks’ and ‘The Beatles’ with its’ sun-kissed 60’s pop lick and clean underlying tones, creating a product that boasts a homely, distinct familiarity and a pleasing juxtaposition from the youthful aura it possesses – in contrast to the coarse, murky rawness, reflecting bittersweet themes through allurement, justly distinguishing them from being a another mere, one dimensional indie band.
Securing a bedrock of understated, natural finesse, ‘Fine’ bears indubitable resemblance and channels, albeit avoids replication of, prominent influences whilst infusing elements of lo-fi, dim undertones with a core of garage rock, successfully mounting the anticipation and validating the rosy forecast set for ‘The Foetals’ this year.