The Big Sonic Heaven 7 is 7 questions we ask our favorite bands. This time we asked Fawns of Love...

1. Where are you from/based?
Jenny: Bakersfield, California

2. Give us a brief history of the band.
Jenny: We have been making music since we met over twenty years ago. We made music under various monikers. In my early thirties, we took a couple years off while I earned my master’s degree in history. My bachelor’s degree in religious studies did not pan out how I expected it to, I was fed up with substitute teaching, and decided to focus on furthering my education and getting a career. Once I finished, Joe suggested that we start another music project which became Fawns of Love.

3. What are your influences and/or describe your sound.
Jenny: We of course love Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie, Kate Bush, Julee Cruise, The Cure, and New Order. I also really enjoy Calvin Johnson. He has a beautiful voice and a distinctive point of view.

4. What is your current release? Tell us about it.
Jenny: Kingfisher Bluez just finished pressing the vinyl version of Innocence of Protection on a lovely seafoam green (we think it accompanies Paul West’s cover and Spiros Politis’ photograph nicely). We just sold out of Unrequited Love Songs (CDs) on Glass Modern, but you can still find some copies at K distro.
Joseph: Our new album, Innocence of Protection features all Moog Synthesizers. We wrote the album on the Moog Grandmother and Moog Subharmonicon and used percussion sounds created on the Moog DFAM.

5. Tell us something funny or shocking about the band.
Jenny: We have always performed as a duo, so for Fawns of Love we tried our hardest to add a third member. We were turned down by four people before we finally said you know what being a duo is fine by us. It’s kind of a running theme for us, I cannot tell you how many people have asked me to sing on their record only not to use it in the end.

6. What’s the best thing about being in a band?
Jenny: Hearing Robin Guthrie’s version of “Someday” for the first time. We have been fans for decades, and it was so surreal to hear his beautiful guitar work and my voice on the same track (it has also been a thrill to discover that he is a genuinely nice person).

7. What’s next? Are you touring?
Jenny: We are super excited to be opening for Dean Wareham on May 11 in Los Angeles at Zebulon (we love his new album)! We are working on a tour. We are also writing more music.

Darren Revell
Big Sonic Heaven Radio

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