The FMs, (femmes, female to males, fuck me sillies) Dancing shoegaze machines menacing hymns on the future zeitgeist. Symphonic stoner rock nightmares. The FMs’ bizarro live shows incorporate gender-bending interpretive dance with powerful electric insanity evoking a contemporary nihilist take on 1970’s glam antics. Condoms are gifted while demanding folks stop overpopulating the planet. At times everyone tries to twerk. The FMs simply want to save the world without being dicks about it.
The FMs, are a Brooklyn based group combining elements of industrial/synth/pop with a glam/punk attitude, advancing androgeny and activism. Eyes Are Suffering will be released on February 16th on ADIM Records.
The FMs have created a momentous buzz after the release of their debut album “Machinacene Epoch” on 27 C1ub in August 2017. Their controversial single “Implosion Model” went viral on Facebook and Youtube garnering over 200,000 views and piqued the interest of Editor Ken Scrudato who interviewed them for Blackbook Magazine. Since then, The FMs have been featured in Indie Source Magazine, Huffington Post, Pure M, TRV Countdown, Indie Music Buzz and the Jimmy Star Show. The FMs will also have a featured performance in the new major motion picture “Fluidity”.
Please list the name and respective instrument of each band member.
Matt Namer – Vox, Bass
Frances Rex – Vox, Guitar
Michael Butterly – Synths, Samplers
Lucas Leto – Drums
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Frances Rex and I first met in a psych/stoner rock band in high school called The Violent Orange, where she played drums and I played bass and sang. However, more than her drumming, I came to really love her soulful voice and songwriter’s perspective. A decade later we finally got together to form The FMs where we share vocals. We realized the counterpoint in our gender queerness would make an interesting conceptual nucleus for the project. We were lucky enough to join with the supremely talented Lucas Leto on drums and Michael Butterly on synths/samplers to round out the arrangement.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
The FMs aren’t even a year old yet, but we’ve had a thrilling time with it so far, the reception has been really positive. Lucas and I met at a drum circle and Michael through like three degrees of separation on a facebook post (thanks, Mark Z). We share a pretty diverse set of influences, which is partly why we really struggle to explain our music to people.
What Does Your Band Name Mean?
The name explores the duality of gender and spins it on its head. Female/Males, femmes, or fuck me’s could all be things that FM stand for. Were not as many sentimentalists for FM radio or anything.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
We’ve always been really interested in transcending genres, so it’s always an awkward question to answer. Shoegaze machine rock? Menacing queer pop? We’ve often been called Glamy but I sort of reject the idea that gender-bending outfits mean your glam. Then again we all idolize Bowie, so if that’s what glam is then we’re in pretty decent company. Some new music I’ve been really cutting my teeth on lately has been Trentemoller, The Soft Moon, and Ritual Howls, as well as larger artists such as St. Vincent.
Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
We recently joined ADIM Records which we are super stoked about. There a great group of amazing artists on their roster such as AMBE, and Aarabaki.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
The music industry is such a giant pain in the ass I wouldn’t even know where to begin. The band itself is amazing though. I think we all have genuine love for each other that grows by the day as we go on this journey together.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Last summer we dropped our debut release Machinacene Epoch. It was essentially a concept album exploring a range of issues facing our existence as we head into the future. As the world population grows astronomically, while at the same time do the dangers that threaten to annihilate us, we almost feel how can we not address this in the themes we explore. However, as we continue to write songs it’s never fun to feel obligated or pigeonholed into a certain kind of creativity. Some of that expression needs to be more personal or introspective. At the end of the day everyone is human, and no matter how often we think about humanity as a whole, we will always be dealing with things such as heartbreak, love, and depression.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
It honestly depends on what you want to do. You can start a jam band immediately by putting four people in a room together and flipping them on the switch. (Maybe adding some weed) Other than that I’d say Rome wasn’t built in a day. You can start by writing a few songs, and add members one at a time. There’s no right way to do it.
What’s new in the recording of your music?
It’s exciting to feel the evolution of our recordings, our songwriting, our style etc. The excitement of showing the world how much more evolved our productions can get keeps me getting out of bed in the morning. I’d say were shifting things a bit more electronically. All our new songs, for the most part, have a synth bass vs an electric bass.
What are the plans for the future?