After a short hiatus to record two new singles, Fairy Bones has returned to debut their new material alongside twice Grammy nominated trio Highly Suspect on their west coast 2016 tour dates.
Fairy Bones were a little surprised when the Phoenix New Times named them “Best Local Band” of 2015; but this prodigious group of colorful misfits had been building a buzz in the Phoenix scene since their inception only two years earlier. It would only take one live show to see why they have earned their spot on stages with Highly Suspect, Marcy Playground, Fuel, St Lucia, KONGOS, Alien Ant Farm, Kyle Gass Band, Mother Mother & an official CMJ Music Showcase.
Imagine epic, dramatic alternative-pop songs sent out to the back rows of a stadium by a charismatic force of nature, who could more than hold her own against whatever Florence Welch could throw her way, sharing space on a stunning debut with songs that filter lofty art-rock sensibilities through the reckless abandon of punk. That was “Dramabot,” the debut album with which Fairy Bones confirmed their standing on the front ranks of the Phoenix music scene.
Where most bands take years to find the right lineup and chemistry, Fairy Bones found it immediately when life long friends Chelsey Louise and Robert Ciuca joined forces with brothers Benjamin and Matthew Foos. As Louise recalls that fateful meeting, “It was like two halves coming together to form a whole, instead of four strangers trying to figure each other out.” A point that Fairy Bones considers essential to their success not just as a band, but as family as well.
Though their sound has been characterised in every way from glam punks to arena rock, Fairy Bones has worked tirelessly from the beginning to craft a sound and style that was all their own. As Chelsey puts it, “It was important to us when we started to not discuss genre. Why waste your time trying to be something that already exists? It may be a harder path since there is no mold for you to fit into, but I think it’s a more rewarding path.” A decision that became the defining characteristic of their debut album “Dramabot.”
Enter Bob Hoag (The Format, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, The Ataris), or as the band calls him, the fifth Fairy Bone. “My favorite thing about Fairy Bones,” Bob Hoag says, “is that as humans they’re the weirdest little family. They have an energy that I feel I have encountered in very few bands. And I feel that seeps into the music. It’s a really quirky and exciting record and most of that is just their personalities coming through.”
Together with Bob Hoag, tucked away at the infamous Flying Blanket Studio, Fairy Bones managed to craft an album that surpassed all of their wildest expectations. After making multiple “Best Of 2015” lists (Phoenix New Times, Arizona Republic, Echo Magazine, Modern Times Magazine) with ‘Dramabot’ and landing on “Top 30 Local Songs of 2015” (KWSS 93.9FM) with their power single “Waiting,” Paste Magazine premiered their latest video – the surreal Lewis Carroll-inspired “Notes from Wonderland” (Winner of “Best Music Video” at 2016 Phoenix Comicon). Paste declared Fairy Bones a “four-piece art/glam/rock monster” while praising Louise’s “incomparable pipes,” of which they noted, “Few rock voices today can compare, of any gender.
When asked about the response towards the album, Chelsey always says, I couldn’t be happier. “It was awesome to ride on that release for as long as we did,” she says, “because we got time to perform it and manipulate the songs into new versions of themselves live. I think that’s helped us hone in on what we want to do moving forward.”