The River Fane – Irish Band Of The Week
This week’s Irish band Of The Week is The River Fane, an experimental folk-rock band based in Dublin city. Originally formed back in 2009 by Wexford locals, Derren Dempsey and Johnny Fox, the two had previously worked together in the garage rock band Laminate. Their experience in such a musically intensive band, the pair developed a strong bond, recognising each other’s idiosyncrasies. The two shared a desire to work upon more subtle, creative elements of music and they went on to collaborate with each other on respective solo efforts (see ‘Johnny Fox’ & ‘Swallowing Shoes’).
By 2011 the band developed into a four piece band, touring throughout Ireland and performing a series of live shows. The band initially released two self-recorded EPs; EP1 was a lesson in exploration for the band with a sort of unpolished element to it. EP2 was somewhat more focused, it was a lyrically lush production that evolved from the first, and built upon its fresh sound. However, in spite of their developments and travelling, unforeseen circumstances resulted in an indefinite sabbatical. However, Johnny and Derren still found a means to follow their interests (Johnny spent some time living in Brazil, while Derren kept himself busy playing as part of Cathy Davey’s live band).
By the middle of 2013, the band reformed with Neil Paltridge returning to his role as the band’s bassists, and Oisín Trench assuming the position of the drummer. It was from this point onwards that the band chose to combine their musical and life experiences. What followed over the next two years was an exploration of the band’s potential sound. River Fane toyed with their style, choosing not to confine themselves to a one particular genre. The band went on to produce a five track EP, Ah Here (what a wonderfully Irish title – I love it!) in May of this year, with the promise of a full-length album to follow on later this month. Here’s a snippet of some to tide you over until then.