I’d seen 100 Fables live in Edinburgh a couple of time and asked front woman Lyndsey Liora who the band members were and how they all got together….
“The band consists of myself on lead vocals, Erin Reidy on lead guitar, Harris Hiscoe plays bass and Chris Stewart on drums.
I started the project originally, I was a female pop singer but just didn’t connect with the material or onstage performance. I met Mark McMurtrie, began writing with him and we clicked instantly. We shared a love for 70s and 80s music and a passion to create something new and different than the current music scene was offering.
Once we had a few songs under our belt I reached out to my good friend Harris as I really wanted him in on the project. He loved the vibe instantly and, most importantly, we gelled so well in live performances that we knew it was meant to be. Last September we found Erin and again we had an instant connection. One of her favourite bands is The Killers so we knew it was a great match. In the October Chris joined. His own band, Satellite Tears, had just came to an end, which for me was bitter sweet as I’d loved them. Originally he came to fill in at rehearsals for us and after the second one he asked to be in the band full-time. I was delighted to say yes, he’s truly the best drummer I’ve ever met.
We all met through a love of music but we’ve bonded by being like-minded people with similar passions!
On Halloween 2015 we had our first gig together and the rest as they say, is history!”
I wanted to know more about this Glasgow based, fun, high energy band with the 80’s retro pop synth sound so I asked them a bit about themselves, their music and the future…due to commitments Chris wasn’t available unfortunately… but here’s what the others had to say:
Tell me about the name and how it came about
Lyndsey – When trying to come up with a name for the band the word fables kept sticking in my head. I’ve always been intrigued by them. I came across an old archive of unreleased prince songs and, after scrolling for ten minutes as we know how much of a genius he was, I saw a song called 99 Fables toward the bottom and I thought “we could be the hundredth” and it stuck…100 Fables.
What experiences and influences do you all bring as individuals to the band?
Harris – For me, on the stage I love the oldies – James brown, people like that. I love to just really go for it on stage.
Erin – We’ve all had a fair amount of gigging experience individually before we were a band so we know how to perform on stage. I think that’s improving from taking influences from each other and putting them into our performances which makes us who we are.
Lyndsey – I’ve performed in musical theatre shows since I was 4 but it wasn’t till I was into my late teens I realised I liked just being myself onstage and loved the creativity and vibe of a band. I always let loose onstage and take every moment as its own. I did a degree in Musical Theatre at the RCS and I guess you can see some of that through my connection to the lyrics of the songs we write. The biggest thing I learnt was trust your own instincts, invest and be proud of your own talents. Never apologise for your art.
In addition to Prince and David Bowie you also list The Killers and Blondie as some of your idols, what is it about those singers and bands that inspires you?
Harris – They do their own thing that’s true to them – but they too have been inspired once before. I think inspiration lives in all of us, we just have to let it all out.
Erin – The killers is the only one I can really talk about here with regards to me, but they are such a tight band, you can really tell they’re together for their love of music which is something that we have common.
Lyndsey – Blondie made their own path in the music industry and fought against all odds to become worldwide legends. At CBGB’s they were seen as the joke band and no one hung out with them or took them seriously but that didn’t faze them. They mash up so many different genres to make their sound but also never confined themselves to one sound. They all are amazing musicians and writers individually and create magic. All of that is massively inspiring. Debbie was such a strong front woman who captivated my heart the first time I heard her. It was always about the music for her.
If you were to describe your music in a few words what would they be?
Harris – The opposite of boring??
Erin – Electro pop magic 🙂
Lyndsey – Adventures through energy and passion
Recent single Metropolis has had some excellent reviews, can you explain what the story and influences are behind it?
Lyndsey – I was at the helm of lyrics for this one. The universal meaning to Metropolis for me is celebrating the randomness of life and enjoying the unpredictable and unexpected nature of the beast that it is. Lyrically I wrote this as an anti-lament to inspire people who were in the same position as me 3 years ago. I had been thoroughly broken and cancelled out any optimism to find that bond us humans long for. As they say, it’ll find you when you stop looking, and as cliché as that is it truly did. The person you didn’t think existed strolls through the void and that’s when you realize all the pain you’ve felt was worth it because you’ve found that strange, weird, talented, loving, crazy, perfect person that fits your puzzle perfectly. Living for every moment. You can be as weird and different as you want to be but everyone deserves, and can have, happiness, even if you’re not expecting it.
It has its own unique style and is soaked in our trademark guitar and synth vibes with big drums and drum machines to support it.
Harris – Metropolis is a big energetic fun track! I love opening shows with it – it really kicks me into gear!!
Considering you’ve not been together long you’ve had some amazing opportunities in the last 9 months, who are some of the huge artists you’ve played with?
Yeah we’ve had some pretty cool shows – Travis and The Feeling, Bay City Rollers, Scouting for Girls, Deacon Blue at Stonehaven for Hogmanay and most recently the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Furious 5 on the Scottish dates of their tour! Certainly a varied bunch but all equally epic.
There have been plenty of these by the sound of things but what’s been your biggest WOW moment so far?
Harris – Haha yeah, I managed to be part of the stage rush with Chic and Nile Rodgers – dancing to their closing song at Party in the Palace on stage, and to top off that experience….. I was dancing next to Susan Boyle!
Erin – There’s been plenty but the biggest wow moment so far was definitely being announced European winners of HRC Battle of the Bands!!!
Lyndsey – Glasgow finals of Hard Rock Cafe. Best gig to date. We enjoy playing the intimate stages just as much as the big ones but this was something special. The energy was just electric that night and to have 100 people singing back, dancing, screaming, shouting and cheering to all your songs was just a surreal and epic experience. Every time I made eye contact onstage with Erin, Harris or Chris you could see we all just felt like we were on fire and I feel like we were born to be in that moment.
How are you all feeling about winning the European Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands, is it still sinking in and what was your prize?
We’re all absolutely speechless and it’s not completely sunk in yet. To have won such an epic musical battle by just doing what we do…we can’t explain how amazing that feels. Us winning supposedly came as no surprise to Jeff Nolan, the head of hard rock. He emailed to congratulations to us and said the moment he saw us he just knew we’d win Europe, he knew it in his gut. MENTAL!
Our prizes are making a music video with a budget of $10,000 which will then be added to the playlist in all hard rock cafes in Europe! A fender prize package of $2,500, which we just found out we get to pick what we want personally, amazing! Finally, 1,000 pressed CD/DVD’s from Bison, which we’re hopefully using for our debut album.
What big world stage would be the ultimate dream to headline on?
Harris – The Hydro would be awesome! Epic venue on our home turf.
Erin – Coachellaaaa or Glastonbury
Lyndsey – For me, Madison Square Gardens. It’s on the bucket list.
I’ve seen you a few times and you always put on an amazing, vibrant and energetic show, do you think that’s just as important as the music?
Harris – For me yes – our performance is a reflection of our music, even in sound check I can’t stand still after that count in – 1, 2, 3, 4…
Erin – Definitely, it keeps the night alive if we put on a good show as well as good music.
Lyndsey – Yes but purely because that is us, that’s our personalities and that’s just how we are around each other so we’re just sharing ourselves and our music with the audience. It’s always good to have something different or memorable about you and a lot of fans say it’s our live performances they love the most.
How essential do you think it is for bands to use social media these days to get their name and music out there?
Very!! It’s crazy how much the industry has changed in such a short space of time. Social media has completely turned it on its head and dramatically altered the expectations labels have of you before you get the chance to break. It’s not just about the music anymore. To get signed they look not only for bands they love but ones who already have a strong following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc. It’s crucial now more than ever to put ourselves out there as much as possible and use it in the most positive and proactive way we can. We enjoy making cover videos while we don’t have any new music being released as it’s a great way to keep your fans engaged and thank them for being patient. On the flip side, it’s easier now more than ever for someone on the other side of the world to hear your tracks and become a fan then spread the word where they live so it has its pros and cons.
What’s next for 100 Fables in terms of upcoming gigs and music?
The debut album is our main focus, we’re in the songwriting process for that right now so expect some new bangin tunesssss on it!! We’d love it to be out asap but equally it won’t be rushed. When it’s ready, and every song is single worthy, we’ll release it to the world.
We’ve just announced we’re on the bill for Hamilton Festival Race night on September 24th, only 8 bands playing including The LaFontaines and headliners Glasvegas and The View! We have a headline show at 02 ABC2 next month (6th). We’ve also got Party at the Palace coming up, also next month (14th), with The Proclaimers and Billy Ocean. We’re excited for those!
Others include a couple of dates during the Fringe on the Pear Tree stage and 3 other big gigs we can’t announce yet…. as well as more secret stuff in the pipeline so watch this space! 🙂
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