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Stop what you’re doing because I’ve found the 2018 answer to a New Order and Echo & The Bunnymen lovechild.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of Leeds post-punk band FEHM when I arrived at Think Tank? and it wasn’t packed to the rafters. But I’m pleased to report I was absolutely blown away and they are easily one of the best newer bands I’ve seen this year.

Opening on Last Breath, the influences of Depeche Mode are apparent immediately. Awesome 80’s style synth-pop vibes explode with a funky bassline flowing through. Frontman Paul Riddle’s vocals glide and echo over the instrument and you can’t help tap your foot to each beat.

Vibrant, glittering tracks packed full of youthful nostalgia and mystery continue to stream from the five-piece who looked completely at ease on the stage. The lengthy energetic instrumental breaks between vocals were flawless, as the drums pattered and crashed against a backdrop of psychedelic-charged synth patterns and guitar lines. Vocals from Riddle were nothing short of brilliant and there was a certain Jarvis Cocker-esque swagger about him that was captivating.

For fans of 80s synth-pop meets post-punk, this is a band that you’re going to want to check out.


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