Band page created in 2011.
"Really, really great songs, boss lyrics too and sympathetic arrangements played with real feeling and soul... what is there not to like?"
- Richard Hawley / September 2010.
This typically heart on sleeve statement from one of the most respected figures in music sums up South Yorkshire band In Fear Of Olive perfectly.
Since being brought to the attention of the management team behind the acclaimed reformation of post-punk legends, Magazine, In Fear Of Olive have been working in the studio with renowned folk/roots producer Keith Angel (Kate Rusby, Martin Simpson, John Boden, John Tams). The result is twenty songs of amazing quality, depth and soul that belies the band's young age.
Keith explains, "When we first got them in the studio playing through
a song to set the levels, I had to look through the control room window
to convince myself it was a bunch of twenty-one year olds playing!"
In recent performances alongside Southside Johnny, The (Beautiful) South and Gavin Creel, audiences have been requesting that most unusual of things for an opening act... an encore.
In Fear of Olive started out as a guitar-led trio, comprising of Jake Cope, France Lahmar and Paul Burdett. They embarked on a musical journey taking on board influences as diverse as Johnny Cash to Bright Eyes and Bob Dylan.
Less English folk, more American roots inspired, 'The Olives' sound further developed when multi-instrumentalist Arv Teeroovengadum was recruited in June 2010, completing the lineup as a quartet with drums and percussion.
Their debut 4 track EP, entitled 'All We Can Do Is Wonder', was released on May 3rd on the Wire-Sound label and is distributed through Cargo.
In support of the release they were invited to play live in session on Clive Anderson's 'Loose Ends' on BBC Radio 4. Louis Theroux, who was also on the show, is now a big fandeclaring, "...the band sounded terrific, kind of Doorsy".
In a public poll the band won 4 weeks of radio play on BBC Sheffield and this, together with plays on BBC 6 Music, appearances at boutique festivals nationwide, a growing legion of admirers within the music industry, plus the fans' activity on their social network pages, will surely make 2011 an important year for the band.
"In Fear Of Olive may be from Yorkshire but a distinct American rootsy vibe permeates their folk style. The quartet begin by seizing the listener with the instantly danceable I'm Sure They'll Fall, which will
send you away with "I'll bring my friends so they can see your beauty" going round your head. This is followed by three more sombre tracks, richly mature for such a young group." - Record of the Week :
Camden New Journal / Islington Tribune / West End Extra / May 2011
Artist : In Fear Of Olive
Title : 'All We Can Do Is Wonder' EP
Format : 4 track CD and 5 track download
Track 1 : 'I'm Sure They'll Fall'
Track 2 : 'Led Me Astray'
Track 3 : 'Peace Of Mind'
Track 4 : 'The Only Way Is Down'
Bonus download only track : 'Acting My Age'
In Fear Of Olive has played 11 gigs in Leeds • Add a gig