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Fear of Men @ Swedish American Hall 

Wednesday, Jul 13 2016
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Don't let its name throw you off: Fear of Men is not a feminist punk band. It is, however, one of England's most ear-catching and evocative dream pop outfits, anchored by frontwoman Jess Weiss' lilting alto. Reminiscent of Lush and Slowdive, the foursome's lighter-than-air approach to shoegaze first grabbed the attention of the indie world in 2014 with its positively received debut album Loom. On its recently released sophomore record Fall Forever, the band turns to electronic elements to boost its most complex melodies yet, and the result is an undeniable step forward from its art school beginnings. But Fear of Men hasn't lost its wistful touch, as evidenced in "Island" when Weiss coos the line, "I've been dreaming, been dreaming of no one for so long," over airy drums and atmospheric guitar. Basically, if you remember what pre-"Wonderwall" Britpop sounds like, listening to Fear of Men will feel like coming home.

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