FEWS – “100 Goosebumps” (Stereogum Premiere)

The core members of London band FEWS first met on MySpace as teenagers when one was based in California and the other in Sweden. Since then they’ve met in real life, geeked out over Interpol, explored Berlin’s club scene, and started kicking out frantic yet hypnotic post-punk. We heard their excellent single “The Zoo” last fall, and they’re set to release their Dan Carey-produced debut album MEANS this May. Today they share the album’s tracklist and release their latest single “100 Goosebumps.”

Beginning with a mesmerizing, pulsating guitar, the song takes you to a state of tranquility. But with the abrupt introduction of a fast-paced drum beat, you are quickly woken up, and “100 Goosebumps” transforms into a lively creation shaped by the drums’ shifting speeds. Though the tempo is fast, the vocals casually explore the fear of not living life to the fullest. At the end, the drums come crashing down, leaving nothing but the lull of the guitar that began the song. While at first this rhythm was entrancing, as it fades away it creates an eerie feeling not unlike goosebumps crawling on your skin. Listen below.


01 “I.D.”
02 “The Zoo”
03 “Drinking Games”
04 “The Queen”
05 “10 Things”
06 “100 Goosebumps”
07 “Keep On Telling Myself”
08 “If Things Go On Like This”
09 “Zlatan”
10 “ILL”

Tour dates:

04/20 Leeds, UK @ Live At Leeds Festival
05/01 Glasgow, UK @ Stag & Dagger Festival
05/19-21 Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival
05/24 Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms
05/25 London, UK @ Sebright Arms
05/27 Manchester, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
05/28 Bristol, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
05/29 Nottingham, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
07/15-17 Leeuwarden, Holland @ Welcome To The Village Festival
07/23 Topcliffe, UK @ Deer Shed Festival
08/18-21 Brecon, UK @ Green Man Festival

MEANS is out 5/20 via Play It Again Sam.

CREDIT: Emma Gibney
Tags: Dan Carey, FEWS