Written in early 2016, recorded in the summer, 'Unreal City' is FRAUEN's debut album.
It sings about an emotionally charged period spent in the chaos of London over a two year period, where serious relationship and personal change and strain took place. While the lyrics tell a roughly chronological story from the singer's perspective, the band play as one to make this story come to life. The album's title comes from T.S Eliot's 'The Waste Land' in which the poet describes a major metropolitan city as a post-apocalyptic nightmare.
FRAUEN are proud to show off a lifetime's worth of musical and personal influences which come together to make 'Unreal City'. Adam and Kenni switch from their usual instruments of bass and guitar respectively, meaning the guitars tend to make use of more unusual rhythms and tunings while the bass tends to be played like a guitar, often employing full chords. The first half of the record is played in A# or D# while the second half goes to more standard D and E. Meanwhile, Joe's thunderous drums are ever-present, but also show restraint and exploration of styles, depending on the song at hand.
We recorded the album over a week with Lewis Glass at his beautiful Glassworks studio in the south side of Glasgow. The drums and bass were recorded together in the Glassworks large room in a day, while the guitars and vocals took up the next four. As a first time for Adam to "front" a band on guitar performing lead vocals, it was a particularly rewarding experience to experiment with guitar tones and sounds and become a confident vocalist. A happy accident, one of the guitar tracks as a particularly high sheen to it, after using a B string on the 4th string.
released February 10, 2017
Recorded, engineered and mastered by Lewis Glass at the Glassworks Studio, Glasgow
Adam Lamont: Guitars, Vocals
Kenni Campbell: Bass, Vocals
Joe Campbell: Drums, Vocals