This is our culture: FACE

Tanyel Gumushan /
Nov 2, 2017 / Music

FACE are a band that are hard to Google.

Even more so when their latest single is entitled ‘Cry’, and the results are just horrendous videos of people in tears pulling strange faces. Alas, if you persevere, you will find a band who will instantly become a favourite.

With a pop sensibility so bold that it pretty could march onto radio, a hook so irresistible that it splatters right into your subconscious and harmonies so lush that they could take flight at any time; ‘Cry’ is a jubilant wake up call. Fuck your coffee.

Melodic, distinguished, and with all the right quirks, FACE dare you to drink their juicy blend of anthemic indie pop. But beware, it’s addictive and it does contain bubbles.

Based in London via Glasgow (with a stint in Manchester), this is their culture.

‘Cry’

“It’s our middle finger to all the people in the world who constantly whinge about their first world problems, who have a sense of entitlement and who believe they have power over their fellow brothers and sisters… power to the people, people.”

The UK 

“Glasgow will always be “home”. There’s a magic in the air there like no other and the beer tastes good down Sleazy’s on Sauchiehall Street.”

Pizza toppings

“Artichoke hearts, elderflower and fig… I dunno, or whatever else you fashionable people put on pizzas these days.”

Theme parks 

“We flew out of LAX once straight into a tropical cyclone. Just as the hangovers kicked in, probably the most harrowing 14 hours of our lives. Think we collectively produced enough adrenaline to give Teresa May a personality.”

Venues 

“Hard to beat the Glasgow Barrowlands on a sweaty Thursday night.”

 Summer/winter

“Autumn coz we’re living in the now baby! Having said that we’re all running a bit low on the old vitamin D…”

Fictional characters

David: “Have to say, I quite liked Zippy from Rainbow. Looking back he sounded like he smoked 80 a day but I always thought he was the coolest one, Bungle didn’t know what day of the week it was and George was like an evil Dale Winton. I’ve been told I have a strong resemblance to Wizard Howl from Howls Moving Castle.”

Matt: “Bodger and Badger, mainly badger, but was recently shocked to learn they are both the same person.. Some people have told me I look like Brucie the shark from Finding Nemo.”

Musical hooks

“Hitting things and hoping for the best.”

Drink

“Four ‘Gentlemans Wit’ please sir.”

Dreams 

“I once dreamt that I got locked outside the world and I couldn’t get back in coz the world had turned into this paper-masher ball. I dreamt I started floating up from my bed and through the ceiling and out of the roof of my flat then up through the sky. I felt a pop sound and I was in space standing on top of the world kicking it with my foot trying to get back in. It was pretty vivid.”

Power jam 

“We have this song which started off as a joke called “I Wanna Get High With My Friends”. We play it more than we should.”

Words by Tanyel Gumushan

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