WELCOME TO HOMEGROWN!
A Local Music Segment airing every Monday through Friday at 11pm w/ Mo!
Tonight’s Feature Band:
Imagine epic, dramatic alternative-pop songs sent out to the back rows of a stadium by a charismatic
force of nature, who could more than hold her own against whatever Florence Welch could throw her
way, sharing space on a stunning debut with songs that filter lofty art-rock sensibilities through the
reckless abandon of punk. That was “Dramabot,” the debut album with which Fairy Bones confirmed
their standing on the front ranks of the Phoenix music scene.
Where most bands take years to find the right lineup and chemistry, Fairy Bones found it immediately
when life long friends Chelsey Louise and Robert Ciuca joined forces with brothers Benjamin and
Matthew Foos. As Louise recalls that fateful meeting, “It was like two halves coming together to form a
whole, instead of four strangers trying to figure each other out.” A point that Fairy Bones considers
essential to their success not just as a band, but as family as well.
Though their sound has been characterized in every way from glam punks to arena rock, Fairy Bones
has worked tirelessly from the beginning to craft a sound and style that was all their own. As Chelsey
puts it, “It was important to us when we started to not discuss genre. Why waste your time trying to be
something that already exists? It may be a harder path since there is no mold for you to fit into, but I
think it’s a more rewarding path.” A decision that became the defining characteristic of their debut
Enter Bob Hoag (The Format, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, The Ataris), or as the band calls him, the fifth
Fairy Bone. “My favorite thing about Fairy Bones,” Bob Hoag says, “is that as humans they’re the
weirdest little family. They have an energy that I feel I have encountered in very few bands. And I feel
that seeps into the music. It’s a really quirky and exciting record and most of that is just their
personalities coming through.”
Together with Bob Hoag, tucked away at the infamous Flying Blanket Studio, Fairy Bones managed to
craft an album that surpassed all of their wildest expectations. After making multiple “Best Of 2015”
lists (Phoenix New Times, Arizona Republic, Echo Magazine, Modern Times Magazine) with
‘Dramabot’ and landing on “Top 30 Local Songs of 2015” (KWSS 93.9FM) with their power single
“Waiting,” Paste Magazine premiered their latest video – the surreal Lewis Carroll-inspired “Notes from
Wonderland” (Winner of “Best Music Video” at 2016 Phoenix Comicon). Paste declared Fairy Bones a
“four-piece art/glam/rock monster” while praising Louise’s “incomparable pipes,” of which they noted,
“Few rock voices today can compare, of any gender”.
When asked about the response towards the album, Chelsey always says, I couldn’t be happier. “It
was awesome to ride on that release for as long as we did,” she says, “because we got time to
perform it and manipulate the songs into new versions of themselves live. I think that’s helped us hone
in on what we want to do moving forward.”
Taking what they learned from the process, Fairy Bones are already gearing up to head back into the
studio with Bob Hoag. With a new mindset, the maturity that comes with experience, and a brand new
set of material, Fairy Bones eyes are fixed straight on the future of their budding career.
Check out their songs “Pink Plastic Cups”: