Virginia Beach is where Feral Conservatives call home and hone their intriguing brand of the Noise-Rock. The duo’s musical tendencies lean less toward the brutality of Steve Albini’s Shellac or Husker Du, but rather infuse the fuzz of Sonic Youth with sweet vocal melodies and prickly mandolin licks provided by frontwoman Rashie Rosenfarb, which allow this pairing to explore a more accessible side of the genre.
What’s been delivered on Feral Conservatives’ two studio releases, a nine-track collection from 2012 titled Breaks & Mends and a 2013 EP named Strive, resembles a more abrasive version of The Cranberries, minus conversations with shellshocked ex-military.
“Thurston Moore has been called the one of the gods of Indie-Rock and we’d have to agree,” explained the band’s stick wielder Matt Francis. “The love of noise and unconventional landscapes drew us to Sonic Youth. I guess it’s easy to sound adventurous when you are truly pioneering, so we draw a lot of inspiration from a band that pulls so much strangeness and power that I’d prefer to just call them brave. I may find more long-term comfort in the traditional structures of contemporaries R.E.M, but Sonic Youth reminds us to polish only with spit and let the feedback ring.”
“The Cranberries are also really a high-point of the ’90s for us…but that time in general, not just because alternative rock ruled the radio, but there was this deep melancholy infused with so much beauty on a very commercial landscape,” Francis continued. “It seems to have been a kinder time to female-fronted rock because it seemed more real, more warts and all, more just rock. It didn’t seem overly-sexualized or gimmicky or, I don’t know, how do you turn ‘Warped Tour” into an adjective?”
“It was dark on the heels of grunge, and it seemed to be more about the band dynamics not just the propped up Gwen Stefrontwoman, and simultaneously featured some of the most original and engaging voices. None more so than Dolores O’Riordan. Being from Ireland can make you exotic, but the way her voices pushes and caves, even yodels, draws us into her beautiful, creepy, and lingering melodicism.”
Stay tuned for more on Feral Conservatives and be sure to check out the group’s video for “Can’t Do This”, as well as stream Strive, below: