We’re not quite sure how the, Luxembourg-based, American-Canadian duo of Jana Bahrich and Chris Hewett came to be in a band, yet we’re very glad they did. The resultant sound is a fascinating collision of genres and eras, the deeply personal words Jana writes, colliding into the worlds of 90’s grunge, which the pairs first bonded over. The band, recently signed to Dalliance Recordings, are set to make their latest step into the musical landscapes with this Friday’s release of their new EP, All Change.
All Change is five tracks of anger and growth, the sound of a songwriter battling to find her place in the world. The tension of youth is present throughout, from Ashamed, a spiral of thoughts laced with feelings of inadequacy, through to the first crushing heart-crack documented in Circles. Musically, the band seems to track the path of alternative music through the early 90’s and into the here and now, yes there’s undeniable grungy elements, yet there’s the sparkle of bedroom-pop that Diet Cig would be proud of, and the lyrical subtlety of singer-songwriters like Lucy Dacus or Julia Jacklin. Sometimes with a new artist you can just feel their passion pouring through, their desire to make music and to be heard, Francis Of Delirium feel like that band, they feel on the brink of something rather magical.
FTR: For those who don’t know who is Francis of Delirium?
Francis of Delirium is made up of myself and Chris Hewett just messing around and making music we like and would listen to ourselves. We make homemade rock music with the intent of creating a space that allows people to feel more connected and empathetic with themselves in order for that to be reflected in how we interact with other people. It’s about giving yourself space to be wrong and not always the best person but figuring out how to move forward and grow from that.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
The first show I ever played, not as Francis of Delirium but as a cover band was when I was 14 I think? I remember being so nervous and essentially blacking out halfway through, which didn’t matter because the mic was so quiet no one could hear me anyway. I specifically remember us playing Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” and the key was definitely way too low for me.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
I actually like to work in a lot of different art forms. I don’t know if I could only make music without burning out. Music is the primary form I like to work in but, I paint a lot and recently editing and coming up with music video ideas has also been able to give me space away from music while still being creative which in turn re-inspires the process of creating music. I have a need to make things all the time and generally music is what comes easiest and allows for the biggest emotional catharsis and release for me.
FTR: What can people expect from the Francis of Delirium live show?
I think people can expect to feel connected, with each other, with us. They can expect that we’ll be giving everything, both physically and emotionally to the performance. There’s a really special energy on stage that we’re always trying to keep open to allow the audience to be a part of. We don’t have a lot of frills and right now most of our music has been written with the intention of being played live, so it’s really supposed to be this raw, intimate, powerful rock show. My goal with every show we play is to genuinely be connecting with everyone in the room that’s willing to connect with me.
FTR: What’s next for Francis of Delirium?
We’ve been working on a batch of new songs which we’re really excited about. We just played our first live show since the beginning of March which was fun, so if all stays clear where we are we should have a few more of those in the pipeline. Otherwise, we’ll be continuing to create things.
They Listen To…
Elliot Smith – Everything Means Nothing To Me
Kevin Devine – Cotton Crush
Car Seat Headrest – Cosmic Hero
The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
All Change is out June 26th via Dalliance Recordings. Click HERE for more information on Francis Of Delirium.