The lo-fi band claim to have secret powers and list Prince and Hot Chip as influences. They remind me of The blow, Pink Floyd and Of Montreal.
Fol Chen described their sound best. "You know that mysterious black object that the creepy family is staring at on the cover of Led Zeppelin's Presence album?" the band asks. " Fol Chen sounds like that."
[image-1]Part II: The New December, the follow up to 2009s Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made, released June 21, 2010.
The plot of Part II: The New December is steeped in a Bowie-esque sense of puckish melodrama, picks up with the malevolent John Shade vanquished, wrote reps from the group. Unfortunately, the struggle alluded to in part I has left Fol Chen's world frayed - covered in ash, plagued by acid rain - and its population dazed.
Click here for a July 20, 2009 set and interview recorded by KCRW for Morning Becomes Eclectic. Click here for a February 11, 2009 story by WHYYs Fresh Air. Visit the bands myspace page here and website here.
Check here to see if Fol Chen have any gigs scheduled near you.
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Fol Chen are wicked.
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