People who inspire us: Febueder

Febueder (pronounced like Burmuda with an F), is an alternative two-piece band from Ascot, Berkshire, formed by lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey, and percussionist/backing vocals Samuel Keysell.

Febueder first started in 2010, and have been making music independently ever since. Both aged 22 the duo has released three EPS, their most recent being From an Album – 2017, which is available to purchase or listen to on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.

Febueder have an authentic, eccentric sound, that challenge the mainstream parameters of chart music. Their playful use of intricate instrumentals and thought inducing lyrics are far from generic.

Kieran Godfrey (left) and Samuel Keysell (right)

Their sound can be described as a hot summer day and is a superb combination of unconventional and pop. Although it is difficult to pinpoint who Febueder sound similar to because of their unique sound, if you are a fan of Alt-J or Wild Beasts, then you will definitely love them!

We had a chat with Kieran and Sam to find out what has inspired them the most and what advice they would give to other aspiring musicians.

Kieran Godfrey

What other bands and musicians have inspired your sound the most?
The musicians we take inspiration from are Darkside, Dave Harrington and Beirut.

What do you enjoy most, and dislike most about being in a band?
We enjoy learning and trying things we’ve never done before, this is regarding all elements of music but most recently with a stronger focus on recording technique. There are obviously more likes than dislikes when it comes to being in a band- that’s why we are still pursuing this. For example, the type of freedom from musical exploration or being able to vacillate a mood indirectly. However, there are of course caveats (as with any job) such being the misplacement in society and a dilapidated venue.

Samuel Keysell

What do you guys do for fun when you’re not gigging?
Skateboarding, please follow MPS Video, revolving ramps self-made skatepark project in The Tunnel on Wednesdays at Ascot Racecourse. We’re very keen to keep physical. We also go balancing on a chain, read and film.

‘From an Album’ EP Cover by Febueder

If you weren’t making music, what else would you do to be creative?
There are a multitude of creative outlets we could have chosen. Of which we would develop pre-eminently… We’re both writers, as well as painting on nights when we’ve been recording. And movie makers. I mean, we’re practising this most days in a more natural way.

Febueder playing at Sofar Sounds

How has your music evolved since you first started playing together?
It has become more detached, less derivative. The main change has been understanding and approaching the music more like a duo, in both the recording and creating phase and when performing live. An obvious thing, but certainly important, is our ability to play our instruments has improved greatly.

What is one of your weirdest or funniest memories performing?
Our first show…playing to a jumble of goths and metalheads that commanded we “F*** off!”

Febueder playing at Sofar Sounds

Are you working on any projects right now?
Yes, we’re currently recording as much as possible, but the recordings aren’t subject to a project title yet. We are working on a cumulative project that combines both music and vision. All will be revealed when the time is right.

What would be your advice to other young musicians thinking of or currently starting up a band?
Prepare to take your time. Keep trying things that you don’t think anyone else would be stupid enough to do. Reject the ideals, accept the ideas.

Febeuder’s new single ‘Hans’ is out on February 21st, be sure to give it a listen!

 Check out Febeuder’s Youtube here, Facebook here, Instagram here, iTunes here, Spotify here and website here

Text: Chloe Humphries


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