Quiet is the new loud for ex-Creation stablemates Fij + Bickers
Monday, May 12 2014 @ 08:58 PM UTC
Contributed by: RussB
Conjuring levels of intensity to match their more electrified combined musical pasts, their predominantly acoustic new album, Broken Heart Surgery, (out 7 July 2014) celebrates the downbeat and melancholic with a wry humour and lyrical wit. Imagine Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel an The Velvet Underground jamming together at four in the morning. Quietly so not to wake the neighbours.
Broken Heart Surgery is a sombre letter to lost love, underscored with gallows humour ("You seem to treat me like a voucher code, a free download, the latest plug-in" – Out Of Time).
But the forecast isn't all grim, there are signs of spring in Pete Fij's glorious vocal melodies, and Terry Bickers' guitar playing attests to why so many consider Terry Bickers to be the missing link between Johnny Marr and Bernard Butler in the canon of great indie guitarists. Vocalist Pete Fij, described by the Independent on Sunday as "The most under-rated lyricist since Jarvis Cocker put pen to paper", confirms his credentials as a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with.
"If love is a drug, then I'm hooked, I phoned Betty Ford, but they're fully booked" – 'Betty Ford'
Though there's a shared sense of love of melancholy, as you can imagine, Pete and Terry are very different people – almost a Terry Ying to Pete's Yang. Perhaps like a 70's cop show: Pete being the outgoing Starsky to Terry's internal Hutch, or in a cinematic way Pete would be Dustin Hoffman to Terry's Jon Voigt in Midnight Cowboy. But however you want to dress it up together these 2 make a most beautiful and strangely touching sound …
"It's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. Whoever said that should be shot" – 'Loved & Lost'
Broken Heart Surgery 10 songs tracklisting:
Out Of Time / Downsizing / Betty Ford / Sound Of Love / Breaking Up / Loved & Lost / Parallel Girl / Queen Of Stuff / Gravity / I Don't Give A Shit About You
Bickers & Fij are also set to be the subject of a documentary, directed by Peter Bromley of London-based 1968 Film Group, which is scheduled for release during 2014.
Wed 2 July Worthing: Persia Lounge, Grand Victorian Hotel
Thur 3 July Brighton: Komedia, Studio Bar
Wed 16 July London: St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Rd, London NW1 1UL
Tues 22 Norwich: the Bicycle Shop, 17 St Benedicts St, Norwich, NR2 4PE
Wed 23 Coventry: The Tin Music & Arts Centre, Canal Basin, Coventry
Support at all shows is from I Am Ampersand - the alter-ego of bass player Matt Hainsby (Fujiya & Miyagi) who has been championed by the likes of Jarvis Cocker & Gideon Coe on 6Music.
"Extremely special" Clash
More info at www.petefijterrybickers.com