UK band Fred’s House are a difficult to bunch to pigeon-hole, their music traversing Country/Folk/Acoustic Rock, what is unquestionable is that they have a developed a glorious sound in the melting pot of those styles. Fronted by vocalists & songwriters Griff Jameson and Vikki Gavin the Cambridge-based group provide a hugely satisfying throwback to the sounds of the 70’s (listing Fleetwood Mac & The Eagles amongst their influences, this should be no surprise) with a thoroughly modern polish. Fred’s House also features Lachlan Golder (lead guitar), Gafyn Jameson (bass guitar), Paul Richards (drums), Alister Bunclarke (keyboardist) and together they have enjoyed quite a past twelve months.
Debut album ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ was released in April 2014 to rave reviews, none more so than in R2 Magazine who declared it as an ‘exceptional debut album…from a band capable of scaling considerable heights‘. Listening to the 11-track collection it is not difficult to hear why it made such an impressions. From the cool breeze of a track that is opener ‘Marathon Man’ all the way to gorgeously hypnotic ballad ‘Beautiful You’ and its’ soaring harmonies which closes the album it is a fabulous listen. A special mention also for the joyous shuffle of ‘Standing Next To Me’ and beautiful vocals from Vikki on emotional ‘Closer’. With such a great response to their album it was well-deserved that the band were invited to perform a live session on BBC Radio 2 as part of Bob Harris’ ‘Under The Apple Tree Sessions’.
The band are currently in the process of recording their second album, and the first taste of their new music is lead single ‘Shut Up And Dance’, which is released on 15th March via the Cracking Tunes label. It serves as an exciting indication of what we can expect from Fred’s House on their sophomore release. An upbeat celebration of life and a timely reminder to make most of each day & the special people in our lives. Vikki best describes the sentiment of the track ‘Strangely enough, the song materialised at a time when a very close friend of mine lost her partner very suddenly. It was a huge shock to all of us and it reminded me how delicate life really is. You have to live every moment and never take each other for granted, this song really brings that home‘.
Whilst embracing an emotional message, musically the track manages to be an incredibly catchy, exuberant outing. It almost feels wrong to describe a Country-flavoured song as ‘funky’ but it is inescapable here with the lilting electric guitar and flowing percussion. Add in marvellous harmonies, a driving chorus & one heck of a guitar solo and you have a real winner of a song, surely set to earn Fred’s House a whole host of new fans eager to get their hands on upcoming music.
Fred’s House have amazingly notched up over 350 lives shows in the past 4 years, including performances at the Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival, & Acoustic Festival of Britain. They are currently in the midst of their 22-date ‘Shut And Dance Tour’, a list of dates shown above. A real favourite live act on the UK scene, response to their shows has seen them previously earn ‘Best Folk/Roots Band’ & ‘Audience Choice’ awards at the annual NMG Awards, both of which are fan-voted. With 15 dates still to come on the tour it would seem foolish to miss out on the chance to see them perform live.