Guitar-Pop newcomers FES sign to Small Pond Records, debut album 'With Regards From Home' out 29/04

Watch The Video For Lead Single ‘Clarinet’ Released 17th February 2022 Watch and share: Stream and share: May 2022 UK + EU Tour Dates w/ Standards Portals Festival + Bad Pond + ArcTanGent 2022 Festival Appearances

UK guitar-pop trio FES are delighted to announce that they have signed to Brighton independent label Small Pond Records and will be releasing their debut album With Regards From Home on 29th April 2022.

To celebrate the news, the band are kicking things off with a video for lead single ‘Clarinet’ which is released 17th February 2022.

Commenting on the track, guitarist Pollyanna Holland-Wing says: “'Clarinet' is all about the loss of your inner child, and the simplicity of childhood. It's about the choices made and begs the question, 'if things were different, would it be better?’. The question I asked myself whilst writing this song was, ‘what would my younger self think of present-me?’”

The band recently announced a run of May 2022 UK + EU tour dates supporting Los Angeles duo Standards, as well as appearances at Portals Festival, Bad Pond Festival and ArcTanGent Festival 2022 (see below for listings).

Based between their two homes of Peterborough and Leeds, FES are completed by Pollyanna’s sibling Tom Holland-Wing on drums, and family friend Matthew West on bass. Having formed in late 2016 after living and jamming together in a shared house, the band quickly established a keen underground fanbase for themselves touring the UK with their high-energy stage show, slick tempo changes, and undeniable math-pop melodies.

Previously known as Flat Earth Society, the band made the decision to change their name to FES after being contacted one too many times by actual Flat Earthers—a subculture of conspiracy theorists who believe that the world is in fact flat, rather than spherical. Yes, these people really do walk amongst us.

Taking inspiration from a multitude of various math-rock bands and pop artists including Fish Tank, Signals, St Vincent, Paramore and Biffy Clyro, their songs are leant additional depth by their deftly-penned lyrical observations on themes of identity, sexuality, mental health, nostalgia and grief.

Finishing up last year on a UK tour withLast Hyena and InTechnicolour, FES have so far released two four track EPs including You Do You (2017) and Lunar (2018) along with a split EP with Brighton math-rockers Exploder called Sleep Less in 2017.

“Originally the album started off as an EP to be released in 2020/21,” explains Pollyanna of the forthcoming record, “but as COVID hit we were forced to put that on hold. With so much time on our hands and gigging life on pause we decided to go BIG for our next release. We wrote new songs and tweaked the ones we had. The main themes of the album consist of dealing with death for the first time, self-reflection and mental health.”

Further album details will be revealed over the coming months.

Debut album With Regards From Home released 29th April 2022 via Small Pond Records

May 2022 UK/EU Tour Dates w/ Standards:

01.05.22 - Brighton - Bad Pond Festival

05.05.22 - Falmouth - Cornish Bank *

06.05.22 - Southampton - Suburbia

07.05.22 - Bristol - Crofters Rights

08.05.22 - Liverpool - QUARRY

09.05.22 - Sheffield - Record Junkee

10.05.22 - Manchester - Satan’s Hollow

11.05.22 - Glasgow - Hug & Pint

12.05.22 - Newcastle - Cluny 2

13.05.22 - Cardiff - The Moon

14.05.22 - London - Portals Festival

15.05.22 - Boulogne Sur Mer - La Cave de Monsieur Guy (FR)

18.05.22 - Luxembourg - Rotonde (LU)

19.05.22 - Mainz - Kulturklub Schon Schon (DE)

20.05.22 - Brussels - Jeugdhuis de Schakel (BE)

21.05.22 - Magdeburg - Werk4 (DE)

23.05.22 - Prague - Underdogs (CZ)

24.05.22 - Leipzig - Secret Show (DE)

25.05.22 - Paris - Supersonic (FR)

26.05.22 - Nantes - Le Michelet (FR)

17.08.22 - 20.08.22 - Bristol - ArcTanGent

FES are:

Pollyanna Holland-Wing - guitar/vocals

Tom Holland-Wing - drums

Matthew West - bass

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