Fred’s House are a five piece band based in Cambridge, their sound is a pendulum that swings between 70's inspired Folk-rock, West Coast, Country and the more contemporary Alt-folk-pop sounds of the UK. The songs feature boy / girl vocals, three-part harmonies, delicate and sometimes rocking guitars, lending themselves to comparisons to The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Swell Season and Fleetwood Mac and among their many influences are bands such as The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, C.S.N.Y., and Fairport Convention.
Fred's House are making a real name for themselves on the UK Folk and Indie scene, and "are set to be the band to watch this year" ***** Female First Magazine. They have just released their new single "Fine Life" to critical acclaim, including For Folk Sake's Track of the Day, grabbing 4 and 5 star reviews across the board as well as emphatic local press.
Fred's House have made many a festival appearance including Cambridge Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling, Acoustic Festival of Britain, Ely Folk Festival and Bestival. The band have been main support for Eddi Reader, The Wonderstuff, The Kast of Kinks (with orginal Kinks drummer Mick Avory), Kyla La Grange, Lucy Rose, Treetop Flyers, World Party (Karl Wallenger), Ahab and many more. They have received national airplay on Tom Robinson's show BBC 6Music, Frank Hennessy's Celtic Heartbeat show on BBC Radio Wales as well as recently having live sessions on BBC Introducing, BBC Local Radio and many other local radio stations. They have also had their music featured on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks and as an Ident for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to promote the Buskers Festival in Cambridge, June 2013.
In February 2010 "Griff and Vix", a London based couple and duo, were set to record a few of their songs with producer NoisyFred. Griff’s brother Gafyn had been playing with Cambridge band "The Wentways", but they had just lost their front man due to artistic differences. They asked Gafyn if he would play bass for their recordings, to which he replied, 'I'll bring the whole band!' So it was at Fred's house where they spent the weekend in the studio and with brother’s Griff and Gafyn playing together once again and everything falling quickly into place, Griff and Vix inherited a whole rhythm section and lead guitarist Lachlan Golder overnight. They played their first gig together a week later in the Big Smoke. These recordings made up the band’s first E.P. demo - Fred's House.
For the last two and a half years the band have been performing as a quartet with bassist Gafyn taking on the rhythm section, playing bass, kick drum and hi-hat with his feet as well as backing vocals. However, since July of this year Fred's House have been enjoying a bigger and fuller sound as they welcome drummer and percussionist Paul Richards to the band. Paul has been a friend of the band since the beginning and they are delighted he will be recording tracks on their debut album and joining them for as many shows as possible! However the band will still be playing some acoustic shows at folk and acoustic clubs featuring Paul on the Congas!
Fred’s House are currently recording their debut album with producer Neil 'Bugs' Rogers at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge and recently won some free recording in a National Competition with BandApp to record a track with producer Adam Daniel King. The double A-side single 'Fine Life & Too Late To Go Home' both from their forthcoming debut album (release date set for March 2014), are now available on CD from The Shop and online from all good stores. Also, check out the brand new 'Fine Life - Remix by BASSIST (Anthony Quarton)'.