Since their inception in 2008, Glasgow’s French Wives have been working intensively to build a strong fan base in Scotland. Now, after a steady rise, the band is ready to release their debut album Dream of the Inbetween.
The album is a culmination of their hard work over these last four years and follows the release of the singles Halloween / Dogfight (a double a-side), Me vs. Me and an EP entitled Feel Safe Small. Their label – Electric Honey – has also previously released records by Belle & Sebastian, Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro, and sets up a fascinating 2012.
Dream of the Inbetween encapsulates French Wives ear for a gorgeous melody. “Numbers” and “Month of Sundays” are as good as some of the best modern alternative anthems, with Stuart’s lilting vocals hanging over a glorious cacophony of strings and drums. “Sleep Tight” showcases French Wives diverse writing ability, with an angular take on their gorgeous indie sound.
Stuart Dougan (vocals/guitars), Chris Barclay (bass/vocals), Siobhan Anderson (violin/vocals), Scott MacPherson (guitar/vocals) and Jonny Smith (drums/vocals) formed via mutual friends while at University. Although the band’s beginnings are humble, they have been on quite an adventure so far, supporting the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Two Door Cinema Club and Mystery Jets. They’ve also played festivals like T in the Park, Rockness, Wickerman and Stag and Dagger, while their captivating live set has also caught the attention of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1 Scotland and BBC 6Music as well as making The Guardian’s up-and-coming bands of 2012.
French Wives will be embarking on a short tour in March before the five-piece head over to SXSW and Canadian Music Week. With more dates booked in April and the festival circuit looming, 2012 looks set to be a breakthrough year.