Back in middle school, a friend of mine became obsessed with the ’80s and made us dress up in the fashion and listen to the music. Those memories flooded back when I hit play on Favours “In The Night.” While they’re not in any way a modern day band stuck in the past, they do pay homage to the era while in turn bringing it to the here and now. We talked about the past, present and of course the future with our new favorites Favours.
Kendra: The look. The sound. It is all giving me fabulous, amazing ’80s vibes. Is that the decade you guys draw from?
Favours: We don’t want to define ourselves with an era, but the driving synthesizer on “In the Night” is our nod to the ‘80s. We also love the ‘80s aesthetic, which influenced some of our recent photoshoots.
Kendra: Do you feel like that’s a decade that deserves more love and respect?
Favours: The ‘80s gets a bad rap for being uncool or cheesy. We find that the ‘80s really opens up our comfort zones with music. As we’ve grown older and more mature our respect for the ‘80s has deepened. Bands like Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Duran Duran, Talking Heads have all made a huge impact in the 80s but artists like George Michael seem to steal the spotlight…no hate on George Michael though, he’s a hero.
Kendra: How involved were you when it came to the video concept for “In the Night?” Because what seemed like a typical teen party then turned into a cult-like scenario…
Favours: We were absolutely and entirely involved in the video for “In the Night!” We consider it our second passion to create visual content and it was a blast doing this one. Inspired by the space we had to work within, we took visual influences from our favourite films and reimagined them in a decrepit abandoned house. The recording of the song itself steered us in the direction of the cult, with the many-voiced chorus, as well as some inspiration from the love cult Rajneeshpuram.
Kendra: I love what you had to say about your music capturing the “harsh realities of adulthood.” The idea this generation has of adulting, do you think that it’s because it truly is hard to be grown or is it that we were coddled too much and now are freaking out over normal things like making a phone call or changing a tire?
Favours: Be it that we were coddled, or that life is hard, we have the baby boomers to blame! Ha!
Kendra: For you, what song best represents your own personal harsh adult reality?
Favours: Courtney Barnett – “Avant Gardener.” She sings about exactly how all of us “adults” feel.
Kendra: We’re almost halfway through the year. What’s going on with you guys as we enter the homestretch?
Favours: We’re out here working hard writing, recording, and filming all sorts of new stuff! Expect to see us in the studio again soon. We are planning on releasing more singles in 2018 and an EP in early 2019!