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First Thoughts Review: 'Walls And Ceilings' By Fred's House

First Thoughts Review

On first listen to 'Walls And Ceilings' EP which is due for release on 29th June 2020 I thought to myself wow this is great. Main songwriter Vikki Gavin has a great voice with some real power behind it. Each of these songs showcase it perfectly but none more so than 'Steal The Night'

The opening and title track is almost five foot tapping minutes long which is a great way to introduce us to a band that I remember seeing perform a few years ago at Buckle and Boots. The band themselves describe their music as Folk/Rock/Country but I can also hear soul influences particularly in the song 'Worlds Apart'.

Superb musicianship is prevalent throughout this stunning EP. The four very different tracks offer the listener something really special. My favourite, and believe me it was a very hard decision to make, is 'Only The Sun' which is a fantastic power ballad and is a perfect song to bring Walls And Ceilings to a close.

I just want to put this EP on repeat lol. I highly recommend you pre-order on the link below and add it to your music library.

Fred's House are: Vikki Gavin - Vocals and Keys Lachlan Golder - Guitar, banjo and Backing Vocals Gafyn Jameson - Bass and Backing Vocals Paul Richards - Drums Prue Ward - Violin and Backing Vocals

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Band Bio

Fred’s House are celebrating their ten year anniversary with the release of an exciting four track EP of new material. The lead track Walls and Ceilings will be released separately with a radio edit and a lyric video a few weeks after the EP, which is coming out on 29th June on all the usual digital platforms. The EP will also be available as a physical CD.

The evolved line up of the band sees Prue Ward join on fiddle and harmonies and the result is that Walls and Ceilings displays an even brighter sound, offering a more immediate ‘hit’ than perhaps their ‘housemates’ have enjoyed before.

Retaining their characteristic ‘west coast’ sounds, the new EP will delight their many followers and sit proudly among their bi annual releases, with Walls and Ceilings seemingly representing 2020.

The new EP joins the ranks of the three albums released since 2014; Bonnie and Clyde (2014), Faultlines (2016) and Careless (2018). The EP title is a nod to the current ‘restrictive’ lifestyles many find themselves in and the EP cover features images from ‘housemates’ who have captured themselves within the confines of their own walls and ceilings.

The band is now female fronted with these new songs written specifically for the new line-up. Mostly written by lead vocalist Vikki, one is co-written with Lachlan and one with their friend Alan Clarke. These brand new songs, including the EP’s title track Walls and Ceilings, are the blue print for the band’s new sound, which has a lighter ‘poppier’ feel blended with contemporary folk overtones and lush harmonies. To capitalise on their new chapter, the band have been working with new award winning producer, Jake Day at North Acre Recording Studios, aiming for a ‘bigger, shinier sound than ever before’.

If you’re local to Cambridge, you are likely to have read about or seen the band in the local papers or on the local BBC station, where they are frequent guests. Fred's House have also won many awards; Audience Choice for BandApp 2013, 'Best Folk/Roots Band' and 'Audience Choice Award' NMG Awards 2013, the prestigious 'Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award' at the NMG Awards 2017 and the 'Best Folk/Roots Band' at the NMG Awards 2018.

Their popularity is not confined to Cambridgeshire however, Whispering Bob Harris invited them to perform for his ‘Under the Apple Tree’ Sessions at his home in Oxfordshire and they have gigged all over the country and supported some great names as well as headlined many of their own shows.

Festival appearances include Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival, Acoustic Festival of Britain among many others. In 2017 the band embarked on a 13 date tour of CHINA as part of the Nanjing International Music Festival playing 1000 plus capacity venues. The band have been main support for Eddi Reader, The Wonderstuff, Lucy Rose, The Shires, Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Ward Thomas and many more. Fred's House can often be heard on BBC 6Music as played by Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio Wales with Adam Walton and Frank Hennessy.

Fred’s House comprise front woman Vikki Gavin on vocals and keys, Prue Ward on fiddle and vocals, Gafyn Jameson on Bass and BV’s, Lachlan Golder on Guitar and BV’s and drummer Paul Richards.

This new EP ably proves their staying power, and the band are hoping that ‘Walls and Ceilings’  it is their passport out of regional shadows and brings them AAA exposure on a national scale!

We really hope you enjoy this EP. Contact details and links are below this information about inspiration behind the tracks.

Here’s some background info about the tracks if you’d like to read more.

Walls and Ceilings is a track about meeting a new person, trying to get to know them but feeling like they're not giving anything away. Also coming from a darker place, "been looking for a brand new place to start, even just a new place to fall apart", you don’t know if this person is going to be just a bit of fun but hoping it might be more. "Like that black ink upon your white skin, left an imprint upon my heart". Worlds Apart is a song about unrequited lust on the verge of obsession, based on a story Alan Clarke told me about his own love life.

Steal The Night is a similar vein, wondering if you can be with this person, trying to convince them that you could have a great time together but feeling as though they are impossible to pin down. Only The Sun is about Griff leaving the band (bands ex-frontman and Vikki's ex-fiancee) and finally saying goodbye to the relationship, finally accepting that the other person has made the decision to move on. It's about letting go of our dreams together. The title and lyric Only the Sun is a bit tongue in cheek "You gotta do what you gotta do, so don't you worry about me, it's ‘Only the Sun’".

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