I’m from the Midlands. Yes, I can stand up and admit it. The problem is that the people from the south of England think that you’re northerners and the people from the north think that you’re southerners. To make matters worse, the only point of reference for those people is Birmingham, which, especially where I came from over of the east side of the midlands, seems an alien place, that I didn’t even ever visit until I was in my late teens.
Fenech-Soler are from also from the Midlands. Based in Peterborough now, but originally from Kings Cliffe in Northamptonshire. Ross Duffy, Ben Duffy, Daniel Soler and Andrew Lindsay formed the band in 2006, and are named after Daniel Soler’s full surname, which originates in Malta. They make this fantastic sort of electro-indie, and are preparing for the release of their second album following 2010’s self-titled debut. September see’s the release of Rituals, and from it comes magnetic, out on July 1st.
If you’re quick you can grab 18-year-old producer Sane Beats cut up, slowed down and tripped out remix of the song on a free download. Its only available for a couple more days, and trust us, its well worth it.
Thing with the Midlands is that its mistook, compared, wrongly referenced and overlooked everywhere. But in reality its like Fenech-Soler. It might take things from others but from that it makes something individual, has strong identity, and best of all – is brilliant.