Fight Bite have just released their self-titled, sophomore album and quite frankly it’s a stunner. Dream-Pop doesn’t even get close in describing the out-of-focus haze flooding this record. With a flow of heavenly vocals, and a set of 80s analogues and arpeggios, we’ve been in a state of pop-bliss for the last few weeks.
Admittedly the duo, fronted by Leanne Macomber (with Jeff Louis making up the other half), have taken their time, in fact it’s been nearly four years since their debut. But Macomber’s a busy girl, she plays keyboards and backing vox in Neon Indian’s touring band – so diary space don’t come easy.
We wanted an interview and set out to track Leanne down, it took a while, in fact it wasn’t until we starting calling the hospitals in Serbia that we finally caught up with her. Turns out she’s been travelling the globe and had an incident with some glass (Bowlegs sends you get well wishes x).
Bowlegs: Why have we had to wait four years for a new album? Where have you been?
Leanne: The album was originally written in 2008 but were unable to give it our full attention due the impending apocalypse. Once that all blew over.. The album was a smooth joy to record and mix.
Bowlegs: The new record has a hazier tone than the relatively straight-up pop heard on the debut – would you agree? Did you discuss a new sound? What would you say the main differences are?
Leanne: Maybe you need to blow on your tape deck? Or should we blow ours? Hmmm..
Bowlegs: So what’s with the song titles being all names – who are these people? Are these songs about real experiences?
Leanne: Yes. Some names have been changed to protect the guilty. I can only write what I know. Sexual journalist.
Bowlegs: Dream-pop – is that you?
Leanne: We prefer post-feminist trip metal.
Bowlegs: So how are these songs put together? Are you both in a room with synths? Do you have a well rehearsed method nowadays?
Leanne: I usually write the songs because my life is complete shit and no one will ever love me. Sometimes Jeff writes a song. we collaborated on the song Belle, for instance.
Bowlegs: Tell us about Christine X – I love that track – those drum’s sounds are straight outta the 80s? Any 80s bands that influence Fight Bite?
Leanne: Thanks! All I knew was that it had to have ridiculous highs and lows and embellished everything. Jeff locked me in his closet for a few days to beat off in. The song title comes from the film Christine F.
Bowlegs: OK we gotta ask – who is that on the album cover?
Leanne: Cant kiss and tell…My gal pal in Brooklyn. She’s an epic babe. Shot it on my phone.
Bowlegs: Your albums are on Spotify (click here to listen)- do you think Spotify helps the smaller bands? Surely it means not as many people will buy the record?
Leanne: I believe getting things out there is first and if someone would like to press it on Edison reel, we’d be very happy.
Bowlegs: Tell us what records from 2012 you’ve been digging lately? Do you have similar tastes? There must be a band you completely disagree on?
Leanne: We like a ton of the same things. We’re old fashioned. We both love 50-80′s and are quite selective after that. As for 2012.. I toured alongside Purity Ring for a few weeks with Neon Indian – they’re amazing!
Bowlegs: Will we be waiting a long time for the next record? What’s the plan now?
Leanne: You will have to tell your children’s children about us