Coming out of Bakersfield, Ca., Fawns of Love is a dream-pop outfit built around the stylings of husband-and-wife duo Jenny and Joseph Andreotti. They've been married for 13 years but have performing together for the last 16 -- in one form or another. But it's only been a year since the release of their debut record, "Who Cares About Tomorrow," under their present moniker. Prior to founding Fawns of Love, they both had spent time in different bands and currently work as full-time teachers.
They're getting ready to self-release a 7-inch single of "Zine Days"/"Something Stupid" on March 2. The single will come packed with a 3-D sleeve and matching 3-D glasses.
Listening to recent single, "Zine Days," is like looking back in time to when Flying Nun Records was peddling new albums from The Clean and The Chills, and this sort of hazy, fogged-up pop music hadn't yet become associated with nostalgia. And even though The Andreotti's are dealing with some powerful musical memories on this track, they're not simply riding the wave of goodwill that's sure to be evoked from within their listener's minds. They're recreating a time and place where these sounds felt alive and vividly responsive and were often the soundtrack to our younger years.
“‘Zine Days’ is a tribute to my teenage self, and a eulogy,” Jenny explains. “I lost my eldest brother to cancer when I was fourteen. I was an absolute innocent insecure mess in junior high, and he tried to boost my self-esteem by saying that I had better watch out for boys. He knew damn well that the only way any boy would look my way was to cheat off my test, but to this day it is one of the kindest things anyone has ever said to me. My brother was sensitive to my growing pains even though his own life was tragically spiraling out of control. With ‘Zine Days’ I have done my best to capture that sense of innocence and loss.”
The video for the song pairs perfectly with its authentic nostalgia-laced sounds. As aqueous guitars chime and submerge themselves across a stark bit of percussion, the video does a great job of recalling the things that filled our youth with joy and endless hours of distraction. And the fact that the video is in 3-D is all the more appropriate given their clear affection and reverence for these rhythmic histories.
“A lot of our favorite Flying Nun bands, like The Chills, The Bats and The Clean, used stop motion in their music videos,” Joseph explains. “We think those bands are ridiculously cool, and we want to be like them. We aimed to capture the theme of the song by surrounding Jenny with objects she would have used during her adolescence, and by making it in 3-D, we thought it would be a nice way to overdose on nostalgia.”