Fatherson share new single "Love For Air", album “Normal Fears” out 1st April via Easy Life Records

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Today, Glaswegian three-piece Fatherson have shared a new single titled "Love For Air". The track is the sixth song to be shared from their first album in over three years, “Normal Fears” (out 1st April via Easy Life Records), which sees the band return, but not as you know them. The album is a lush lesson in letting go. Gorgeous, groove-led singalongs steeped in electronics find the band in a playful mode, putting break-ups, old ways of working and everyday worries behind them to start afresh, sunny side up.


The widescreen “Love For Air” captures the rush of falling in love with a choir-backed chorus, sinuous melodies, and euphoric synth lines. The song continues to see the band expand on their anthemic alt-pop inflection, whilst still carrying through their trademark emotive edge. The accompanying video sees a woman breaking into and exploring a grand house whilst the owners are away, before being caught going through their belongings. The video also features frontman Ross Leighton as the home’s groundskeeper.


WATCH / SHARE "LOVE FOR AIR" HERE


Speaking on the single, Leighton, says “Love for air is about falling in love. How you would replace that love for the air you’re breathing. I’d say it’s the biggest chorus I’ve ever written a combination of screaming melody, voices and lyrics that encapsulated that period of time in my life. I think anyone that’s fallen in love can relate to that overwhelming feeling of joy and I think we captured that perfectly in this song."


"Love For Air" is out now - stream HERE

Pre-order the album HERE


Alongside their new material, Fatherson also recently announced the rescheduling of their headline UK tour which will now take place across May, June, September and October 2022. The dates will follow their recent October tour which saw them play to multiple sold-out crowds. The band are renowned for their encapsulating live performances, which have seen them tour alongside the likes of Lewis Capaldi on his EU arena dates and at Wembley Arena, as well as playing with Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro, Idlewild, Augustines, Enter Shikari, Amber Run, Twin Atlantic, and more.


Dates are as follows:


May 18th - Newcastle, The Cluny

May 19th - Leeds, The Wardrobe

May 20th - Birmingham, Castle & Falcon

May 21st - Swansea, Sin City

May 24th - Cambridge, Portland Arms

May 25th - St. Albans, The Horn

May 27th - Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

May 28th - Glasgow, Barrowland

May 29th - Manchester, Academy 2


June 2nd - Bristol, Exchange

June 3rd - Nottingham, The Bodega

June 10th - London, Islington Assembly Hall

June 11th - Stoke On Trent, The Sugarmill


September 25th - Frankfurt, Nachtleben

September 26th - Mucich, Kranhalle

September 27th - Zuirch, Werk 21

September 29th - Paris, Supersonic

September 30th - Amsterdam, Paradiso


October 2nd - Cologne, Artheater

October 3rd - Antwerp, Kavka

October 4th - Berlin, Maschhinenhhaus

October 5th - Hamburg, Molotow


The follow-up to 2018’s “Sum Of All Your Parts”, “Normal Fears” was largely written remotely, with Ross in his native Kilmarnock and bassist Marc Strain and drummer Greg Walkinshaw in Glasgow.


“Our aim was to drop our guard,” says Ross. “Forget what we thought we knew about making music and just have fun. It was less about searching for a sound than trying out new ways of working. We were open to anything.”


“Normal Fears” got underway a few weeks pre-pandemic but took flight with the first lockdown. Stuck at home, Fatherson embraced the new normal and the fresh possibilities it posed.

“Luckily, lockdown was ideal for this album,” says Ross. “The separation gave us clarity. We’d send song parts to each other then each go away and work on them, trying out mad ideas we might not have suggested had we all been together.


“There was no pressure because no one knew when the world would open up again. We had the time to be creative and recapture the feeling we had when we first became a band, when there were no expectations of how Fatherson should sound.”


To help shake up their sound, the trio invited a cast of friends to contribute. Ross’s first remote writing session was with Danny Morgan-Ball. The plan was just to jam. But after a natter, the pair wrote two songs in under two hours – one of which was the album’s lead single “End Of The World”. The other was the widescreen “Love For Air”, on which sinuous melodies capture the rush of falling in love and a choir-backed chorus recalls Songs From The Big Chair-era Tears For Fears.


Ross wrote “Normal People” with Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Courteeners), inspired by both watching the TV series of the same name and Ross’s new relationship. “The Feeling and The Sound” is sun-soaked pop which sums up the redemptive nature of “Normal Fears” and was co-written with Seton Daunt (Kylie, Amy MacDonald). The shimmering “Dive” was inspired by Haim, features Amber Run’s Joe Koegh on backing vocals and nods to Radiohead in its middle eight.

When lockdown lifted in early summer, Fatherson returned to their Glasgow studio and, in October, the band decamped to RAK studios in London with producer Steph Marziano (Hayley Williams, Denai Moore, Mumford & Sons) and engineer Isabelle Gracefield (Dua Lipa, Stormzy), where “Normal Fears” took yet another twist. Rather than record everything live, as Fatherson previously had, songs were torn apart and reassembled, pianos fed through cassette players and ping pong balls introduced.


“We put 30 ping pong balls inside a snare drum and shook them around to get a sample for Honest To God,” says Greg, “Other times we bounced them off walls.

“There’s the sound of a dropped sandbag in there and a sample of a river in Kilmarnock which I had recorded as a wee nod to home. We added found sounds from the street, including a couple having an argument. The synth at the start of Love For Air is the song played back into a toy keyboard.”


Ross played the studio’s precious acoustic guitar which was used on Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees and is kept under lock and key. Drunk on cocktails one night, everyone took turns to whistle on the groovy 365, which features more ping pong balls in its middle eight.

“It was the most fun we’ve ever had making an album and I hope you can hear it,” says Ross. “It’s also a lesson to ourselves. We’re best friends in a band. Life is more than alright.”


Album art


Fatherson

“Normal Fears”

1st April 2022

Easy Life Records


Tracklisting:


1. End Of The World

2. Love For Air

3. Normal People

4. Everything

5. Do It For Yourself

6. Honest To God

7. That Feeling and the Sound

8. Dive

9. Better Friend

10. All The Time

11. 365

12. Crying Wolf

13. Wreckage in the Rubble


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