There’s something about people who change their names for the music industry that I inherently don’t trust. When it’s something as petty as calling yourself Johnny when your real name is Joe (hello, Flynn) then I can deal with it. When your name is Hutchins and you call yourself Fyfe Dangerfield instead, I can’t really stomach it. Wikipedia is against me here, but I distinctly remember interviews early in Guillemots career where he said he’d invited it because it sounded more like a pop star’s name. Maybe I’m finally losing it, I don’t know. You get the impression he’s written his own Wikipedia though, which might explain a bit. Who else would be bothered to put that he has absolute pitch?
Anyway, there are two things that we cannot disagree on: Fyfe is owner of one of the biggest egos this side of U2 and secondly, he’s announced today that he’s going to be releasing a solo record. It doesn’t spell the end for Guillemots, however, according to his official website:
Guillemots have been meeting up and playing and writing throughout this year, even eating Vietnamese food together, and we’re very much feeling like we did before we ever had a record out – naive, excited, secretive, daunted, but definitely buzzing. We’ve amassed hundreds of ideas and are now moving into a new rehearsal space to start to demoing songs, talking to producers, and – yes! – even tentatively booking the first studio dates for album number three! We’re like good Stilton, man. You got to let these things mature a bit…
He might make my skin crawl a little bit, but he wrote Trains to Brazil, so I’ll just have to grin and bear it. If you’re interested in Fyfe’s solo work then there’s a sample MP3 when you sign up for his website. It’s not a huge departure for him judging by this sample, but still – we can expect to see Fly Yellow Moon sometime in the New Year.
For the mp3, sign your life away at Fyfe’s official website.
UPDATE! There’s been some clarification from the comments section:
“Dangerfield is his middle name – Fyfe Anthony Dangerfield Hutchins. It’s also his mum’s maiden name. He uses it rather than Hutchins because it is a better stage name. What exactly is wrong with that? Lots of people in the business do it.
You’ve obviously never met him as you’d realise that he doesn’t haven’t a huge ego at all. He’s actually a really nice bloke who may occassionally come off as pretentious because he’s not a natural public figure – he’s the precocious child turned creative and talented adult – the guy who wants his music to be heard but never really wanted to be a “rockstar” in the traditional sense.
You are correct in suggesting that people should check out his website though. The tracks I’ve heard from Fly Yellow Moon are all different and all good.”
I must’ve dreamt up that interview. Apologies. And apologies to Wikipedia for not believing in you.