It was a homecoming gig back in 2013 that reaffirmed to me that Fossil Collective was a unique inspirational band with intellectual lyrics and musicality that brought structured songs and rich harmonies, to a historic venue that was the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.
Jonny Hooker and David Fendick are two multi-instrumentalists, who increase their collective to a five-piece for live performances.
Back in 2013 it felt like something new and important, the atmosphere at Brudenell always brings something special and this night was no different. Supported by Tom Speight who is, himself generating buzz with Radio 2 play-listing his song ‘WAITING’ and his cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ growing in popularity on Spotify. His acoustic version of ‘My Side’ is just fantastic, go listen to it now.
Joe Banfi was there too playing his folk meets grunge sound, just him and a guitar was sublime, the two are a flawless combination. The guy from Chester and musically refined in Sheffield is now out on the road with his band ‘Banfi’, still working with Communion, Banfi are making spiky, dramatic pop music. Joe’s bandmates are Aaron Graham and Chris McCuaig.
I can hardly believe ‘Tell where I Lie’ was released in April 2013, it wasn’t until early 2016 that the Flux EP was released, nearly 3 years later. Where has Fossil Collective been ?
The guys decided to take some time out. Dave did some solo recording’s under the name Kokoro and recorded an EP called Ships. Unfortunately it wasn’t released due to restrictions at their label. Fossil Collective have now parted ways with Dirty Hit Records, the home to the likes of Wolf Alice, Pale Waves, The Japanese House, Superfood, and The 1975.
Fossil Collective are now working in their own studio and are 6 songs in to a long awaited and mostly anticipated 2nd album.
Dave has finally been able to release Ships and used the revenue from sales to help set up the studio. You can support this by downloading the EP from iTunes.
Leeds based Fossil Collective have now released the video for a brand new song, its called ‘Waves’ and you can watch now.
I have missed the beautiful harmonies, the genius musicality and the escapism that this song delivers in slathers.
Fossil Collective have taken their time but they finally have something to say, Waves is meaningful and expressive, the lyrics are emotive, somewhat lonely and progressive, everything you would expect from a talented, inventive pairing like Fossil Collective.
‘Tell where I Lie’ is one of my favourite albums, and Fossil Collective had a profound impact on my life, along side the likes of Midlake and Iron and Wine, what a joy to listen to and lets hope with the title of the new song that they continue to make waves. Fossil Collective was on the cusp of something great back in 2013, may this Yorkshire band continue to find much deserved success in 2018.