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News: Fehm unleash Factory Records influenced ‘Scarborough Warning’

10/07/2018

Leeds punk band Fehm are back with the single ‘Scarborough Warning.’ It’s another 80s inspired track from the quintet with a purposeful meaning…

Since their debut EP ‘Circadian Life,’ first saw the light of day in 2016, Fehm’s fanbase and level of critical acclaim has snowballed.

Fehm cherry pick from aspects of the best 80s alternative names like Tears for Fears, Soft Cell and New Order. By the sounds of it, the latter of these inspirations is right at the forefront on ‘Scarborough Warning.’

On the track we see plenty of the hallmarks from great electronic music from the decade, especially from the Factory Records label. Arguably the effort sounds more upbeat than previous tracks thanks to the tone of its synth melody.

Before you get too complacent though, an ominous base line still filters through the cracks and drums pulsate with urgency. Paul Riddle’s vocals stylings are comparable to Harry McVeigh from White Lies or, as pointed out on the Analogue Trash blog, Robert Smith from The Cure.

Fehm have never been ones to sacrifice substance for style though and they’re definitely not changing that up here. ‘Scarborough Warning,’ asks why people can’t show tolerance for one another be united regardless of race, sexual orientation and beliefs.

The lyrics shift through first, second and third person perspectives. It additionally asks significant questions like “Why do we see history repeat again?”

‘Scarborough Warning,’ is bound to become a high point in Fehm’s live shows. Don’t forget tickets are on sale to see them play Newcastle’s Think Tank? Underground on August 9th.

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