The Fountain Feature-view : Dave Himelfield
The Fountain are the lean, mean all singing but no dancing trio - The original name ‘R Mutt’ was ditched due to its unintended canine connotations and swapped for the name of a ‘sculpture’ - which also tied in neatly with an unreleased Aronofsky film.....read on brainiacs
“FOUNTAINS OF BRAIN”
The Fountain are the lean, mean all singing but no dancing trio of Maria Dada (vocals/bass), Dave Murphy (guitar/vocals) and Dave Petty (drums/vocals). The original name ‘R Mutt’ - named after the signature on a controversial Deschamps ‘sculpture’ - was ditched due to its unintended canine connotations and swapped for the name of the ‘sculpture’ itself. This also tied in neatly with an unreleased Aronofsky film.
Lebanese Maria came over to Manchester via Sheffield. Dave Murphy made the move north from Salisbury to a cinema projection room where he spliced bits of film. They met via an unassuming yet ambitious ‘musicians wanted’ ad in a local rag and the musical marriage was also spliced. After more line up changes than Fleetwood Mac, Dave Petty was reeled in having been convinced to play “just one gig”. The Fountain finally settled down the barebones three-piece that we love today.
The Fountain are a peculiar melange of the popular and the avant-garde or as Dave Vincent claims: “an accidental fusion” of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Julian Cope and The Pixies. Disconcerting starkness and enigmatic angst make up their crux but even in such Spartan and leftfield settings, pop sensibilities and tasteful, clever arrangements reign truly. With plenty of muscular rhythmic backing, Dave Murphy’s wiry guitar lines fire sparks all around while Maria’s ambivalent volatile vocals jolt the listener’s mind in as many directions.
Pop music it seems is becoming increasingly disposable and derivative, whereas on the other end of the spectrum, the avant-garde is becoming ever more alienating. The Fountain offer a cogent balance between the two. The Fountain are certainly there to entertain, but also to challenge.
The Fountain are currently recording their third demo which sees the band in its tightest and most defined form. The production, performances and songs themselves are their strongest yet. The Fountain add some electricity to Manchester’s own High Voltage on January 31st (2006) . The Fountain we hope will continue to excite, educate and unsettle in equal supply.
words: © Dave Himelfield 2005 - licenced to MM.
pictures: © Dave Himelfield - rendered and edited MM
(c)(p) December 2005 - DH licenced to musicdash