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Fuel For Florence

Fuel For Florence

Fuel For Florence


Fuel For Florence are an English Indie Rock quartet comprising of Dan Jesudason (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Jonny Collin (Guitar), Joe Bolt (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Alex Elliot (Drums). Drawing influences from Joy Division, The Smiths, Death From Above 1979, The Cure and Saul Williams brought a fresh and unique brand of alternative rock to the forefront of the Norwich Music Scene in late 2009. The band was formed in late 2006 as an acoustic, post-rock two-piece consisting of Collin and Jesudason however Read more on Last.fm
Fuel For Florence are an English Indie Rock quartet comprising of Dan Jesudason (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Jonny Collin (Guitar), Joe Bolt (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Alex Elliot (Drums). Drawing influences from Joy Division, The Smiths, Death From Above 1979, The Cure and Saul Williams brought a fresh and unique brand of alternative rock to the forefront of the Norwich Music Scene in late 2009. The band was formed in late 2006 as an acoustic, post-rock two-piece consisting of Collin and Jesudason however, they were not satisfied with the untextured sound they were producing, so recruited Bolt as a bassist in 2007, followed by a series of drummers, settling on Alex Elliot in May 2009. There was a notable shift in style from their humble beginnings to a sharper, rawer and somewhat darker sound, and their rapidly rising fanbase alerted the bosses at NME to their arrival on the music scene, famously dubbing them "What Karl Marx would have listened to". Fuel For Florence's variation of abrasive, spiky and dark alternative indie guitar rock pays homeage to the post-punk bands of the 70s, and are equally complementary to the droning vocals of Ian Curtis and the guitar pop (albeit with somewhat suicidal lyrics in both cases) of The Smiths. Fuel For Florence went as far as describing The Smiths as the anomaly of the 80s in that they produced good music, which created a general backlash from the music public (although NME interestingly greeted it with aplomb.).

Their sound does however stay loyal to the modern contemporary bands which shaped its sound. Stylings can be recognised from the likes of Bloc Party and Foals, using razor sharp, overlapping riffs coupled with Jesudason's ambiguous yet cutting lyrics. Upon their appearence on the music scene, parallels were made with Jesudason and enigmatic Bloc Party frontman, Kele Okereke, yet Jesudason responded agrily to these references, stating that he thought Kele was "not the nicest person you could meet" and later went on to add that he "didn't really influence [him] in the slightest. Its just the fact that the way popular music is nowadays, people see a black frontman of an indie band and they instantly want to draw comparisons to Bloc Party, and I find that quite sad." Collin has once stated in an interview that he often listens to Sonic Youth and riot grrl band Sleater-Kinney and sometimes will even listen to rock greats Santana, Zeppelin.

This seems somewhat unlikely however, given the care-free way he strums a guitar which suggests more Moby Than Motörhead. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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