Sounds from underground: fanshaw
Fanshaw founder Olivia Fetherstonhaugh (whose occasional collaborators include multi-instrumentalist Shane Turner and drummer Johnny Payne) sure took her sweet time writing the outfit’s romantic debut, Dark Eyes. Five years, in fact. But no matter how old some of these songs may be, the breathy frontwoman’s knack for penning timeless, enigmatic late-night chamber pop keeps fanshaw fresher-sounding in 2010 than, say, dance-punk, faux-hawks, and the second season of Desperate Housewives.
Best local release besides yours:
“Shane Turner Overdrive, Shane Turner Overdrive. I’m a big fan and he’s a good friend of mine. He’s played on so many other people’s records, so it’s really cool to see him write his own songs.”
The year’s best gig:
“I saw Quintron and Miss Pussycat at the Biltmore [on July 12]. There was a puppet show beforehand! I don’t really listen to that kind of stuff, so it was unique to me.”
With apologies to Ke$ha, who would turn you on if they took it off?
“Nicolas Bragg from Destroyer. He looks like a hot old dad, and I think he’s a good guitar player.”
Michael Buble donated the profits from tonight’s show to you. Where’s the party?
“You know the W-shaped hot tub on top of the Woodward’s building [108 West Cordova Street]? I saw it on that show The Youth Electric, and they had a hot-tub dance party there. It’d be awesome. You can see the whole city from there.”
What classic album needs a 180-gram-vinyl rerelease?
“Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside. It’s cool to hear her in her purest form. She was only 13 when she wrote some of the songs, and they’re amazing. It’s not really an influence, but I’m a really big fan.”
Your Lotto Max numbers came up. Where are you opening a venue?
“I’d say Richard’s on Richards, because I miss it. Maybe we could go into the new building [1036 Richards Street], knock down a couple of walls and start a club down in the basement.”