You know I’ve been digging on Fear of Men‘s sound for a few months now, but I hadn’t really given much thought to their band name. But as I was doing some digging recently, I came across an interview that asked them about the name’s origin, specifically if they were in fact “man-hatin’ feminists,” to which the singer/guitarist Jess replied,
Haha! Er, no, it’s more about equality – an equal split. It’s also about mortality anxiety; and an evocative, strong title for the project.
But don’t worry, they’re not one of those “I’m not a FEMINIST but…” folks. (Hint to people still using this phrase: you don’t need to apologize for believing in equality. It’s cool. It’s 2012.) Instead, Jess told the interviewer:
Dan and I got together through a shared vision of making feminist, interesting pop music and using the band as a way to explore what we’re reading or thinking about.
So if you didn’t have enough reasons to be digging Fear of Men, that’s one more.
The band has just released a new video for their song “Mosaic” which is available now as a 7″ in blue vinyl via Too Pure. The video, directed by Gavin Williams, Julian Tardo and Fear of Men, was
filmed in a church just outside Brighton.
Watch for: the beautiful shot framing at 1:41.
You can also stream the B-side to that 7″, “Your Side,” below: