News: A Warm Welcome To Family Fodder


Very pleased to announce our first release on our very own label cunningly called ‘The state51 Conspiracy’ The band are called Family Fodder and the album Classical Music and it’s released Worldwide on the 1st November. The release is preceded on 25th October by the first single from the album Ancestor’s Feet.

The mercurial post-punk band Family Fodder are set to release their first long player in over a decade; Classical Music. After a quieter period for FF’s creator, Alig Fodder has stepped out to show the world his latest creation.

Originally formed in 1979, Family Fodder emerged, bringing with them traits of psychedelic and new wave influences paired with a focus on improvising and experimenting. Having managed to avoid major exposure they have influenced generations of bands all over the World.

Various compilations have been re-issued from the 11 vinyl singles (check out the classic Debbie Harry here ) and 3 albums of the early period. FF was often more at home in the studio than on-stage, but completed several European tours as well as cherished performances in their native London.

Moving through the years and the many band members that at one point in time had made up the Fodder clan, we have arrived and are greeted with their most balanced creation to date.

The final result; an intoxicating album of classic songs – often built on live or sampled string sections – featuring worldly influences through instrumentation and technique – diverse eclecticism at its best.

Classical Music has been a family matter – a fusion of leading man Alig Fodder and multi-instrumentalist/singer Darlini Sing-Kaul (who happens to be the daughter of Fodder singer, Dominique Levillain). The sounds created are like an intricate cake; an impressive choice of toned and rhythmic instruments that have been drawn from multiple styles which are then layered on top of each other with the vocal blend of Alig and Darlini’s voices being the icing at the top. The lyrics featured in the tracks surround the familiar Fodder topics of love, politics, emotion and philosophy.

Some words from a fan…

“On the rare occasions I’ve had to describe Family Fodder I have not really been able to do it very well. I reviewed their strange 12” 45 rpm album ep thing from years ago and said it was “total mayhem” and involved “children singing and some hyper fast mental decisions”.

This album is really no different. I don’t think any children were involved this time but it is no less charming. Musically I’ve got no idea what they are up to (just like before), but what they manage to create is a strange engaging sort of sound that messes with your head in a most peculiar way.

It’s a little invasive, and very touching at the same time, a bit like being beaten to sleep, or having sex with a big cactus. The influences that seep through the album come from all corners of the globe and the mind, there are unexpected instruments, bizarre arrangements, plinks where you expect plonks and other things, including warped hooky vocals and really clever bits that you’ll only get after about ten listens.

It’s possibly best if I sum it up as something like nothing else. And if you can think of something Family Fodder sound like then please let me know.

I’ve just realised children are involved.”

Jonny Trunk 2010

You can get more on this story at the Family Fodder Website where an exclusive track is available to download

many thanks for reading

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