Here’s an unpublished interview I did with flamboyant frontman Bomar Faery back in January…
Lurid and melodramatic indie-posters Faerground Accidents released their debut single Back In Town/We Hate The Same Things last year on Louder Than War Records. Marrying anthemic songs with wry, tragi-comic storytelling, the Sheffield quintet release their second single for Louder Than War, She Makes Me want To Die on 9th February. With airplay from Steve Lamacq and Mark Radcliffe and the support of Louder Than War’s redoubtable John Robb, Faerground Accidents look poised for great things in 2015. I caught up with outlandish frontman Bomar Faery…
Bomar, boring first date stuff first: who are Faerground Accidents and how did you come together?
We’re a bunch of weirdos who make music together basically. It was my fantasy to get my favourite people and musicians in a room together ‘cos I thought something magical would happen and it feels like I was right. I actually wrote a wish list when I was in a mental hospital and Faerground is the actualisation of that wishlist.
How did you come to sign with Louder Than War?
Oh that’s quite an intricate story! Basically John Robb somehow got hold of a really early demo of an early incarnation of Faerground and wrote a really intense review on the Louder Than War site. But then I got sectioned and that band split up.
We started gigging with this new line up and someone submitted a review for Louder Than War which must have reminded John about us and he got in touch saying he wanted to release us.
What’s your new single and what’s it about?
Our new single is called ‘She Makes Me want To Die’ and it’s a kinda domestic dispute melodrama. For me it’s a song about being in an intimate situation where someone gets completely disempowered. It’s about my hatred of shouting really. Shouting’s horrible.
There’s a lot of kitchen-sink drama in FA’s songs: they’d make good short stories. Are you an avid reader? And which authors do you like?
I suppose there is lots of kitchen-sink drama in our songs. A lot of people seem to pick up on that. And thanks, I suppose in a way they are short stories made to dance to.
I’ll read anything I find compelling really. I went through a phase of alternating between reading trashy magazines like Chat and Take A Break and then reading Edgar Allen Poe to see what it did to my dreams.
JG Ballard’s a big favourite of mine too. I love how he gets to the heart of pettiness and makes it hilarious. Though to be honest, the internet’s become the thing I read the most. I love factual things and trying to figure out real life stories.
There’s a feeling of kicking against small town claustrophobia too. I was quite surprised to find that you spent the last few years in fairly cosmopolitan cities like Manchester and Sheffield: did you grow up somewhere more isolated?
I did yeah. I spent a lot of my childhood in Whitby. People always have this idylic view of Whitby that it’s all Captain Cook and goths but in my experience there’s all sorts of bitchy undertones and frustration and violence.
Sheffield’s my personal Goldilocks zone: Lovely, funny people and loads of trees. There’s something like five trees to every person. It’s not really a gritty place at all. It always gets portrayed as a post-industrial wasteland with shut down factories and disenchanted angry men. There is that element to it but also it’s a beautiful place with loads of nature. Quite an amorous place in my experience.
It feels to me that your music consciously references a very specific moment in time: around 92/93 when indie-pop was starting to coalesce into Britpop but it wasn’t A Thing with a name yet. Is that true or do your main influences lie elsewhere?
That wasn’t ever a plan. We don’t even really discuss things like that much. I wanted to be in a band that was like it would be if Roy Orbison fronted The Buzzcocks in a naff caberet club. We’ve got loads of influences really. We’ll try anything. I suppose what we generally try to do is make misery sound joyful though and maybe that was a similar atmosphere to what happened then.
Do you wear dresses and make-up all the time or is it strictly for stagewear?
Haha! No, this is me all the time! I’d go crazy if I pretended to be someone else.
When you were sectioned do you feel you were well looked after by the NHS?
Sadly, no. Not at all. I spoke a bit about that in the Pulp film [A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets, 2014]. I don’t want to go into too much detail but that was the absolute worst time I’ve ever had in my life. Something really has to change about those places.
I’d never actually read or seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest before that but when I did I thought it was a mild portrayal of what it’s like. There were all sorts of lovely and creative people in there who I felt were completely misunderstood and punished for not being normal.
I also felt the psychiatrists were incredibly thick and arrogant on the whole. One of them said I was a danger to myself because I wore make up. Turns out he’d never even heard of David Bowie and thought me talking about Ziggy Stardust was a psychotic delusion. I suppose Ziggy Stardust is a psychotic delusion in a way. But it’s Bowie’s delusion, not mine!
They also do this thing called a depo injection where a group of them they call “The Team” forcibly pull your pants down and shove a needle in your arse against your will. It stops you feeling anything other than numb and depressed for a few hours. Of course there’s also loads of lovely nurses who are kind and caring. I met some lovely people; it’s the system that upsets me and still does.
Mental Health is often at the sharp end of cuts. Are you concerned about this government’s agenda vis a vis the NHS?
Does anyone actually think David Cameron and co. genuinely give a fuck about people? I’m not convinced by any of them. If ever I woke up next to one of them I’d assume they’d slipped something in my drink. They’re hideous people. Yes, very worrying.
What can we expect from Faerground Accidents in 2015?
God knows! We’re up to all sorts. Our fans have taken it upon themselves to call themselves ‘the Faeries’ so lots of adventures with them. What I really love about being in a band is all the people you get to meet. So more exciting people to meet. Lots of gigs, release more records, take everything as it comes basically. We’ll do anything if there’s some kind of adventure to be had. We’re really excited about this year ‘cos we keep getting all sorts of offers. Watch this space!
She Makes Me Want To Die is out on Louder Than War on 9th February.