July 21, 2012 by Chris Craddock
Sheffield City Centre was the perfect place for the mid-afternoon crowd to sit back and relax to the hauntingly melodic joy that is Fear of Men. With the perfect combination of sunshine and breeze, the band took to the New Music Stage and within minutes they were showing why they were certainly one of the bands to watch at Tramlines Festival.
They certainly wasted no time for cracking out their fantastic single ‘Ritual Confessions’ which was the ideal song for the weather. I’d call their sound the archetypical sway-dancing music and with the heat that’s exactly what I wanted to do. And with the sun out, the band’s blissful and sweet pop hooks really caught the mood of the day.
So in between gently bopping along to these wonderfully addictive guitar tunes with Jess’ tantalisingly wispy vocals over the top it was often easy to forget the band’s stage presence. Now Fear of Men isn’t a band to scream at the crowd to get them going. In fact, Jess’ first words to the crowd was “Can we turn that guitar down?” then “… oh Hello!” But this endearing, cute charm matched their music and everyone lucky enough to turn up was in store for a real treat.
Then there was Alex. In all my years of seeing cool bassists play, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one looked so chilled out and kicked back as Alex with her bowler hat and huge shades on. Between that fantastic nonchalant look and Jess’ stunningly beautiful guitar, there was something for the eyes as well as the ears.
I spoke to singer Jess and guitarist Dan after the gig: