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The Fairview release new video for 'Your Hair in the Rain' + interview

Artwork: Jess Gonzalez // Photos: Carol Simpson // Words: Christina Morgan 

TheFairview  premiere new single 'Your Hair in the Rain'

If you’ve been trying to find a newsummer jam to blast with all the car windows down, look no further than TheFairview. Self-labeled as ‘pop-punk/emo’, the Massachusetts-Rhode Islandbased band have just released their latest single “Your Hair in the Rain” Onthe new single, TFV channels old pop-punk roots while simultaneouslyintegrating a new-age rock sound. YHITR specifically, is reminiscent of bandslike Bearings, Homesafe, and Young Culture. The guitar and drum melodies pairedwith an exuberant build up before the second chorus, floods the listener’s earswith a nostalgic but not-so-sickly-sweet memory of ‘better days’. The lyrics“Happiness was your hair in the rain, now everything’s different yet somehowalways unchanging…” seems to reference a past relationship that the antagonist can’tseem to forget. YHITR is a bittersweet anthem, that is sure to make it onto allyour summer playlists. With this new release, TFV prove they are more than justa band you could see at a house show (literally), but are in fact so much more,and then some.

YHITR is TFV’s latest releaseoff their soon to release debut LP ‘Fresh Faced and Effervescent’ whichpremieres on August, 6th of this year.  (interview continued below)

1. Where did the inspiration from YHITR come from? Was it a collaborative song lyrically or did it come from one person’s past experiences?

Jake: It’s a little bit of both! The song is largely about my own personal experience with a breakup but we ended up kind of writing it together. A while back, Nolan had come to my apartment to work on some fairview ideas with a verse that he had written about half of. 

Nolan: Yeah, it was just a few lines that I had used on an entirely different demo I wrote that ended up getting scrapped

J: We worked on it all night trying to expand on it and nothing really stuck, so it sat in the notes on my phone for months.  It wasn’t until I was writing lyrics for the demo that became YHITR that I found the verse on my phone and it just very easily fit as the opening lines of the song.

N: Jake’s strength is definitely in lyricism compared to myself so a lot of the times I’ll pass creations of mine (lyrics, instrumental demo’s, etc.) over to Jake for polishing, finishing, improvement. YHITR is one of several Fairview tracks that ended up being mashups of both of our creations. Not to mention what Isaac Hiller brings to the table as a drummer. He’s always renovating parts using his sheer skill and flair as a drummer so that ends up bringing songs to life via collaboration in an even greater sense. 

2. What were you trying to reference (if anything) with the ‘house show’ element of the music video, and old camera motif?

J: I wish I could say the house show thing was a reference or part of a greater theme, but honestly it was just way easier during COVID to shoot in me and my partner’s kitchen than to find a separate space. 

N: It’s funny because originally Jake told me his basement was gonna be the prime spot for the shoot and within like 48 hours of us actually going to do it it was moved to the kitchen and I was admittedly skeptical until I saw how it was all gonna go down and then I loved it. I loved the shot of Corinne, the subject in the video, walking right past our band playing after waking up and leaving the bedroom. It all worked out so well and shooting it was actually a blast. We had mimosas and plenty of laughs in the process. 

J: I think with the camera I just wanted to have an object that’s immediately recognizable but mysterious, and i think an old camera is perfect because its individual histories are mostly hidden from the user - you can’t see what pictures have been taken, who took them, or where or why, etc, unless you’ve developed the film or seen a print for yourself. I loved the idea of a seemingly innocuous and vaguely romantic object turning on the person who picked it up

3. If you could describe your sound in 4 words or less, what would they be?

J: Red wine emo.

N: Trying our best. 

4. What color(s) would you allocate with YHITR? 

N: light grey/blue 

J: it feels like a light blue to me

5. Is there a song you are you most excited for fans to hear on the new LP? 

J: I think either In Ribcages or the last song on the record because it’s a powerhouse

N: I agree with Jake. I’m super proud of the components we all added to those two tracks. 

6. What was the writing process for Fresh Faced and Effervescent like?

J: A little disjointed. I don’t think we really planned on writing a full-length until we had like 8 new songs written and at that point said “fuck it let’s make an LP.” Usually me or Nolan would write an instrumental and send it to everyone and once parts were learned, we’d start making small changes, usually in the practice space. I write lyrics alone usually and that process is a lot more gradual and almost never ending. I was editing lines up until we were literally in the vocal booth.

N: I was surprised by how many additions/revisions we made IN studio while tracking. Everything was pretty much demoed-out with the typical pre-production we do as a band but some of the coolest writing on the whole record was done super on the spot.

7. Is there one song off the new record you are dying to play live the most?

J: Cigarettiquette for sure, once people know some of the words. I think that’ll be a fun one

N: Playing Adhesive is really fun for me personally. 

8. If there was one message you want people to get out of your music, what would it be and why?

J: That we as people never stop learning about ourselves and about the world and how we all relate. We’re all bound to fuck up and hurt people and ourselves at different times in our lives, and the most important thing is that you learn and make yourself better and grow.

N: That self reflection is important and healthy. Mining your mind and emotions is necessary for yourself and others and that it’s okay to be effected by what you find when you do, and that the possibility of things getting better/easier in your life is ever-present. 

9. What do you think the future of live music will look like, and how has that impacted your latest release/record?

N: I’m not sure but maybe we’ll play a cool social distanced release show in 2022!

J: We had looked forward to touring with this album right after release, but obviously it’s just not in the cards right now. All we can do is adjust to the moment and stay safe .

10. If you could go back in time to fix a past relationship, would you?

J: I don’t think so. In my experience, relationships and how/why they fail are a part of what shapes you as you grow. I don’t think i’d be who I am now if i hadn’t learned the hard lessons those relationships taught me.

N: I feel the same. How I’ve treated other and vice versa gave me room to improve and find what I feel I want out of a relationship. 

11. Is there a certain piece of advice you were ever given that has stuck with you, whether it pertains to music or life in general?

N: my dad always used to tell me “don’t sweat the little things” which is a hard concept for me to put into practice but I think it can be a good thing to try and do in certain aspects of life. Save some energy for situations that require it more than others. 

J: Not given to me personally but Maya Angelou said “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”

12. What is in store next for The Fairview?

J: More music, maybe some more music videos, hopefully a tour, we’ll see!

N: Badass stage scrims for our live show with that illegible metal font style. Always wanted those. 

{Following this interview, TFV have released a new single 'Adhesive' off their LP Fresh Faced and Effervescent.}

To keep up to date with all things The Fairview click here. Watch the video for Your Hair in the Rain here

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