Married Bakersfield, California-based duo Fawns of Love (Jenny and Joseph Andreotti) will release “Zine Days” b/w “Something Stupid,” a new two-song 7-inch on March 2, 2018. The song adheres beautifully to the Andreotti’s most personal and nostalgic inspirations, from its title, to its inspired artwork, music video, and even a Spotify playlist the band created to act as a blueprint of the influences that went into the song’s creation.
The new single arrives a year after the band’s debut album Who Cares About Tomorrow, and is the follow-up to its mid-2017 single release “Falling/Standing,” which Paste called a “dreampop gem,” and was honored as one of the best songs of the year by Los Angeles-based radio show Part Time Punks.
“Gone are the zine days, Gone are the me and you days,” Jenny sings.
“‘Zine Days’ is a tribute to my teenage self, and a eulogy,” she explains. “I lost my eldest brother to cancer when I was fourteen. I was an absolute innocent insecure mess in junior high, and he tried to boost my self-esteem by saying that I had better watch out for boys. He knew damn well that the only way any boy would look my way was to cheat off my test, but to this day it is one of the kindest things anyone has ever said to me. My brother was sensitive to my growing pains even though his own life was tragically spiraling out of control. With ‘Zine Days’ I have done my best to capture that sense of innocence and loss.”
This depth of emotion comes to life in physical form with the single’s cover art and music video which are both viewable in 3-D.
“We wanted to pay homage to both Jean Seberg as Joan of Arc and to the 1928 version ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc,’” Joseph says. “At the same time, we wanted to pay homage to every awful B-movie ever made.”
The music video for the song references one Fawns of Love’s favorite New Zealand record labels, Flying Nun.
“We think Flying Nun had the coolest roster on the face of the planet during the 1980s and 1990s, and they still do,” Joseph explains. “A lot of our favorite Flying Nun bands, like The Chills, The Bats, and The Clean, used stop motion in their music videos. We think those bands are ridiculously cool, and we want to be like them. We aimed to capture the theme of the song by surrounding Jenny with objects she would have used during her adolescence, and by making it in 3-D we thought it would be a nice way to overdose on nostalgia.”
These acts and many more appear on a Spotify playlist that Jenny whipped up to further illustrate those bands – familiar to many, but never enough – that have played a role in shaping Fawns of Love. Sparks and Television Personalities, alongside well-known names such as The Cure and New Order, make for a great primer to the souls of Fawns of Love, and provide a sign of things to come from this emerging band’s songbook.
Both full-time teachers, the Andreottis have been married for 13 years, performing together for 16, and recording, touring and releasing music throughout that time under various names and labels. In 2013, they began a break when Jenny enrolled in a history graduate program, but by 2017, it was time to begin being a band again, including choosing a new name.
“One of our favorite records is Hounds of Love by Kate Bush,” Joseph says. “We wanted a name that would pay homage to that.”
In the short year that Fawns of Love since the release of the band’s debut album, a steady stream of praise has met the heartfelt work which Jenny and Joseph record at home using vintage equipment. “Zine Days” is Fawns of Love’s authentic call back to the era that inspired them, and a declaration that those times are, as Jenny says, “here to stay.”
“Zine Days” b/w “Something Stupid” is the latest 7-inch by Fawns of Love, arriving on vinyl and digital on March 2, 2018. The single follows-up the band’s 2017 full-length “Who Cares About Tomorrow” and its mid-2017 single “Falling/Standing.”
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