San Diego Symphony's second night of the Masterworks season showcased the power of place and personality
Garrett Harris noon, Oct. 13
RIYL: The Helio Sequence, the Smiths, Vampire Weekend, Rogue Wave
Influences: Ride, Jets to Brazil, Interpol, the Smiths, Block Party
FMera extrapolates its post-Shoegazeresque era influences and masterfully weaves them into a mechanically timed and melodically spaced equation of undulating sounds. Heavy layers of rhythm guitar laced and chimed with notes ring high above the vocals, subdued in tone but not in volume.
“We are a very modest band and don’t believe too much in putting on stage antics or showboating,” says singer-guitarist Michael Stauffer. “We let the music set the atmosphere and speak for itself.”
Stauffer cites Joy Division and the Psychedelic Furs as primary influences. “Our work reflects the activities and turbulence not only in our own individual lives but what can be said about the lives of most everyone. Our quest is to find meaning in this short-lived ephemeral world.”
The band released their debut EP This Will Dissuade Me in March 2010. “On the inside cover of the CD,” says Stauffer, “you’ll find a picture of the great French composer Claude Debussy. Debussy was considered an Impressionist, but he rejected that label. His style may best be described as experimental, and he challenged the notion of fitting into any particular mold. This best signifies what we’re all about, too.”
Singer-bassist Paul Welch has toured with legendary two-tone ska band the English Beat.