London tainted-pop six-piece Famous reveal skittish, paranoid new single Jack’s House. Wiry guitars and bass stabs lock in with a rushed drum beat, and flurries of panicked synths complete the bed on which vocalist Jack Merrett delivers manic observations. Listen here
They’re not a band that waits around to be inspired. For the past few years they’ve been exploring both their own and others’ artistic presentation through carefully self-curated art parties in vast warehouses across London.
Through this the band are the central point of a multi-talented performance-arts community. They’re the group behind the Guardian 4* rated experimental theatre piece, Ubu, performed at the end of the summer at the V&Amuseum, also garnering acclaim from i-D.
Cult experimental pop singer/producer Jerskin Fendrix, who scored the play, plays synths for the band, and has returned recently from touring and collaborating with Black Midi.
Describing new single Jack’s House, Merret’s penchant for banal grandiosity shines through – born of his self-admitted attraction to the idea of a ‘refusal to let anything not be a big deal’…
“’Jack’s House is a fast rock song, written in the midst of general crisis. It’s been a long time but now we have plans. We hope we will be seeing you very soon’ – Famous’ mythic take on youth, fear and ambition.”
This follows a recurrent theme in dramatising an anxious and confusing suburban adolescence, using a theatricality to help navigate life’s mundane pressures.
In their tarnished poptimism they take inspiration from classic art-rock in Talking Heads or Roxy Music, to grime artists like Babyfather, as well as classical music; you can hear this warped cocktail of influences in their distinctive sound.