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Blogging the Bluesfest: FET.NAT

By Jared Davidson on July 11, 2012

Song: “Plymouth” written and performed by FET.NAT

Fet. Nat. is something of an oddity. Actually, it may be enough to just leave the description at that. Their music is jammy, experimental, and loud. Their lyrics are French, though the band doesn’t necessarily sound like a French band. It’s very original, very odd, yet somehow quite accessible. Kind of like the first time I ate Gouda cheese.

The band is a part of E-Tron records, a label run in part by Olivier Fairfield, FET.NAT’s dummer. The indiest of the indie labels, E-Tron is a proponent of old-school music production, releasing albums on tape and vinyl.

We asked Mr. Fairfield a few questions below.

How would you describe your sound?

My girlfriend recently said, ”At first, I thought you were doing French U.S. Maple covers… Now I just don’t know what the hell’s going on!”

How did the band start?

Pierre-Luc Clément and I used to play in a band called J’envoie. We had a rehearsal space in an old fire hall in Hull. One night we decided to set up some mics in the hangar. We recorded the whole first release (Brunch) that night. JFNO came after and laid down some vocals. We released it on E-tron Rec. and decided to start playing shows. Enter Daniel Boivin… That’s the current line-up.

How did your Bluesfest performance go?

It was hot and intense. Not one of our best but a good one nonetheless. It was an honor to play just before The Melvins.

How do you take your coffee?

Many times throughout the day, with milk.