Dickon cites Brighter's Christmas (from their Laurel album) as one of his favourite tracks of all time, and when Alex wrote and suggested they tried making pop music together, he leapt at the chance. Fosca was completed with the invaluable presence of two players who had both appeared on Nervous, London and at various pre-Alex Fosca shows. One was Rachel Stevenson (synth, backing vocals, band organising), who'd first met Dickon in the audience at a gig - a show by Brighter, in fact - and the other Sheila B (cellos, rehearsal space), a Londoner friend of Rachel's and member of a 1960s-style dance troupe. This permanent version of Fosca made its live debut in March supporting Trembling Blue Stars at London's Spitz Club. April was spent recording an album, On Earth To Make The Numbers Up, with producer Ian Catt, whose previous credits include Saint Etienne, Kylie Minogue, Trembling Blue Stars and Shampoo. A single, The Agony Without The Ecstasy, was released on Shinkansen in June, and the album followed at the start of October. At the start of 2001, Fosca began work on their second album, Diary Of An Antibody, again with Ian Catt.
Due to various delays in the recording, an EP featuring the first three songs from the sessions was released in October, with Supine On The Astroturf as the lead track. The band played a short tour of France with Trembling Blue Stars in April, and played the farwell Benno festival in Sweden in July. The band are currently hugely popular in Sweden - they've appeared on the front covers of fanzines, and Dickon has been interviewed by national radio - and they'll be returning there in mid-October for a 4-date tour. This tour will also see the debut of new recruit Kate Dornan on keyboards, as Alex has decided he no longer wished to play live. Read more on Last.fm.
User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more