100 FABLES are a new wave pop group from Glasgow who recently dropped new single ‘History’ and played the main stage at Lindisfarne Festival. It’s been a busy year for the band. We spoke with lead vocalist and songwriter Lindsey Liora and drummer Logan Whyte about their upcoming plans and their exciting future…
WHAT’S THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME 100 FABLES?
Lindsey: When I started to think of band names I became obsessed with the words Fables, i liked that it was the real life truthful version of stories rather than the fairytales we grow up with. Digging through random things I came across an archive of unreleased Prince tracks online, scrolling down one caught my eye immediately, “99 Fables” and I thought to myself we could be the hundredth and carry it on, so 100 Fables was decided on.
HOW DID THE BAND GET TOGETHER?
Lindsey: I began out as a solo artist and hated it, it was really lonely and dead onstage. I’d supported Harris’s band once and when they were calling it quits I asked if he wanted to collaborate and it all was born from there.
YOU HAVE THIS DISTINCT SOUND THAT’S SOME SORT OF MISHMASH OF BLONDIE, PARAMORE, AND THE KILLERS. WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR SOUND AND STYLE?
Lindsey: Mish mash is a very accurate description as it’s exactly that. I love the 70s/80s new wave movement as well as modern pop, Harris loves his jazz and funk music as well as talking heads and Logan and Cameron are more into metal and pop so all of our favourite things are sort of mashed in to create Fables’ sound. We never mean to sound like anyone, we just make music we love and naturally evolve when we are evolving ourselves. We started out really pop, moved more the new wave/punk and now we’re migrating back to the pop/dance side of Fables.
YOUR NEWEST SINGLE “HISTORY” HAS THIS COOL VIBE AND IS QUITE FUN TO WATCH. WHAT WAS IT LIKE MAKING THE VIDEO?
Lindsey: The video was an absolute riot. That food fight was absolutely stinking. Tomato ketchup, mustard, cream, chocolate sauce, veg, it was not an enjoyable concoction but it was so much fun to film. I was trying to hard to get Harris filthy but he was just too damn fast! Logan punched me in the mouth and burst my lip. I was so anxious about cleaning it off the studio and making sure nothing had stained.
Logan: Making the History video was alot of fun. The goal was to create a colourful video in looks and in fun, I think a food fight definitely showed that. Bit of a nightmare having to clean up ketchup/skittles/skooshy cream, and we all most definitely haven’t tried mustard since, pretty sure I’m still cleaning that off my skin. But yeah, all white, food fight and a fun concept. Would do again, but make it less mustard based.
SPEAKING OF “HISTORY,” THE SONG GOT PLAYED ON A NEW JERSEY RADIO STATION? HOW COOL IS IT THAT YOU’RE GAINING SOME ATTENTION OVERSEAS?
Lindsey: Extremely cool that it’s been played over in the US! Our previous single Wake Up caught the attention of Sat Bisla from Passport Approved and it ended up being played on 50 different radio stations across the globe from america to south africa, Australia to india.
Logan: It’s a great song, probably the one I’m personally proudest of, and it’s a nice turning point in our sound. Just a commercial pop banger. Its awesome to see it being played overseas, pretty nuts to think about it actually. Just maybe one day it’ll be played regularly all across the world.
WHAT THEMES OR TOPICS INSPIRE YOUR SONGWRITING? ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR MESSAGES YOU’RE TRYING TO PUT ACROSS WITH YOUR MUSIC?
Lindsey: For me it’s always pulled from past experience or emotion. I always look for honesty within the songs but try to write it in a way that’s personal to me but people can still widely connect and relate to. Some of it’s about love and heartbreak, some is about the pressures of life it’s self and some is just about celebrating and having a good time. I like the variety and freedom to express where I’m at.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE PLAYING THE MAIN STAGE AT LINDISFARNE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR?
Lindsey: The main stage at Lindisfarne was awesome. Such a great crowd for being on early and I’m always grateful for a big stage to utilise all my dancing impulses. They had to close it after our set to fix the roof as we had literally torn a hole in the ceiling. Totally wasn’t the high winds…
IS THERE A MAIN GOAL FOR 100 FABLES OR IS THIS ALL FOR FUN?
Lindsey: We’re in it for the long haul. We want to tour the world together, make money from music so it becomes our soul focus and be able to do what we love doing in front of people who love what we’re doing.
Logan: The main goal is to do this full time and be able to sustain ourselves. Probably what every band at our stage would say. We’re all passionate and driven people, this is something that we won’t stop trying till we get there. Ideally, selling out stadium tours, that’s the pinnacle I guess. Or maybe a gig on Mars? Both are a long way off at the moment. However, the touring life is fun, it’s definitely something that we all want to do.
WHAT ARE SOME BANDS WHO YOU WOULD LOVE TO TOUR WITH?
Lindsey: I personally would love to tour with Panic! At The Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Lizzo, The Killers, Florence and The Machine, Paramore the list could go on infinitely
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO SEE YOUR FACE ON A BILLBOARD?
Lindsey: Absolutely BIZARRE. But also felt weirdly normal. I had no clue we were up and our producer at the time took us a walk and I turned the corner and boom, there was our faces! The amount of messages that came pouring in was insane, so crazy to think how many people saw us.
Logan: Pretty crazy to see our faces on billboards. I actually left to go on tour with CKY on the day they billboards went live but never saw it with my own eyes, although Lyndsey made sure that I saw them, and just about everyone else in my friends list. Definitely surreal, pretty sure there were a few car crashes with people being distracted by my beauty.
ARE THERE ANY BANDS OUT THERE THAT WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
Lindsey: Oh yes! Personal favourites include Land of Rubber Men, Anna Sweeney, Tranqua Lite, The Girl Who Cried Wolf, so many wonderful artists out there
Logan: Definitely a lot of bands out there you should be aware of. Just off the top of my head Take Today (our guitarists other project) , Moonlight Zoo, Anna Sweeney, Lokust (if you like your metal heavy and from London) Vukovi, The Elephant Trees. We genuinely could go on and on.
WHAT’RE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR 2020?
Lindsey: 2020 starts with us writing and in the studio creating a new sound we’ve been toying with. We’re really excited. Then we’ll be hitting the road again in April and continue straight into festival season with potential European dates towards the end of the year. Plenty of music releases too. It’s going to be extremely busy for us. We wouldn’t have it any other way.