No fear of going back to front

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LOOKING back is the new looking forward, according to rootsy Americana band In Fear of Olive.

The South Yorkshire band have more in common with The Band, Johnny Cash and bluegrass than with their indie-playing contemporaries.

But that’s what gives In Fear of Olive their niche. They aren’t – as many other bands are – toeing the tight-trousered, jangly guitar indie line, as drummer Arv Teeroovengadum explains.

“The acoustic rootsy sound is becoming more popular, bands like the Fleet Foxes have pushed that sound in recent years.

“People are looking back for new music now. There’s a big culture of the beard!” he laughs. “I’m trying to cultivate one, I’m definitely giving it my all.” In Fear of Olive are an acoustic act although they are looking to incorporate some electric instrumentation. “That will make us more versatile,” says Teeroovengadum.

The band met in Bessacarr, Doncaster – a far cry from the romantic American images evoked in Fear of Olive’s music.

The band celebrate their debut EP launch this month with a gig at the Greystones. “We’re playing as part of the Wagon Wheel Media Americana night and it’ll be a great night, we’re sharing a bill with Walton Hesse and The Fontana Instincts.”

n In Fear of Olive play at the Greystones, Greystones Road on Saturday August 20.