Fairchild…where do I even begin?
Have you ever come across a band that you fell in love with instantly from the first listen? That was how it was for me. So when I got the chance to interview them, I was a ball of nerves. Their music reminds me of the Temper Traps, Two Doors Cinema Club, a mellow version of Neon Trees, The Script and Coldplay all mashed together.
When they first started out about 5-6 years ago, they called themselves “Fairchild Republic”. But they have decided to drop “Republic” from the name and are now known as just “Fairchild”. Part of the reason they told us was that over time, people just ended up calling them Fairchild and it was easier to remember.
When we first met them, they were unassuming and low key. If not for the fact that they were wearing their “ARTIST” tags, we were none the wiser.
This 6-piece band consisting of two brothers, Adam (vocals) and Nathan Lyons (keyboard), Patrick Huerto (guitar), Tommy Davies (bass), Tim Voeten (guitar) and James Haigh (drums), are from Gold Coast and they have so much to offer musically. When asked to describe their music, Nathan used the term, “melodic indie rock”. They have an indie rock pop vibe which is showcased throughout their first album as well as their latest EP that we have had the privilege of listening to.
From L-R: Nathan, Adam, Patrick
But that does not mean that they are conforming themselves to just one genre. Adam mentioned that it depends on the songs as well. Whether they are more guitar centric, key centric, beats centric, there are six of them and all will have different inputs that ultimately produce Fairchild’s sound.
From L-R: Tommy, James, Tim
They are currently in the midst of writing their second album and have roped in Catherine Marks, who have worked with The Killers before and also, incidentally one of Fairchild’s musical influences. Tommy and James mentioned that once they go back to Gold Coast, they would be focused on working on the second album, writing, composing and all that good stuff. Their sound will remain the same, something that their fans can recognise.
When asked what the most memorable experience as a band was thus far, they recalled travelling to Japan after winning a competition in Australia a couple of years ago, and they were one of only two international acts to perform. I believe “surreal” was used to describe that experience. That was also where they filmed their music video for Stay Young.
If given a chance to work or collaborate with artists who are dead or alive, almost unanimously all of them said Michael Jackson. Tim would love to work with U2 in particular the Edge, and Tommy’s choice was Freddie Mercury.
It was such a pleasure to be able to sit down and chat with the friendly and affable guys from Fairchild. Not to mention, they are a funny bunch too. We at The Fifth Parlour wish you guys all the best of luck working on your second album, keep doing what you are doing and hopefully we get to see you on stage here again someday soon! xx
Here is a clip of them performing on the third night of Music Matters 2013 in Singapore at Paulaner.