Is that the smell of summer in the air? It’s OK – you’re not mistaken! Festival season kicks off this weekend with this year’s instalment of the mighty SXSW, the sprawling menagerie of conferences, exhibitions, film and – of course – music. Who better to start the fun in the sun but indie-pop band The Fontaines?

The group – comprised of sister and brother songwriting duo Charlotte and Hank Fontaine – create retro infused, foot-tapping and funky pop tracks that wriggle their way into your brain and refuse to let go. Hot on the heels of their latest track ‘Evaporate’, which you can hear below, we decided that it was high time that we get to know them a bit better. Charlotte tells us about what they are up to currently and who they are excited to be playing alongside at the year’s SXSW…

Your latest single ‘Evaporate’ is a bright and summery number! Is it important to you that your songs have a fun vibe?

Thank you! When I go see music live, unless it were to be Jeff Buckley (in my dreams…), I like watching upbeat acts. From the most painful personal situations, come the most fun songs.

What inspired ‘Evaporate’? Can you tell us a little about it?

If I told you what and who  “Evaporate” is about, then the guy might actually think I care. We can’t have that!

Your music has a definite retro vibe; what inspires The Fontaines’ sound? What music did you love as you were growing up?

I got caught today by my brother for not knowing a huge music streaming company. I’m working on becoming more “in touch” with modern music culture. I’ve just always been drawn to older acts.

Last year you released your EP ii! It is an incredibly energetic collection of songs – what can people expect from your live show?

We have a LOT of energy at our live shows. Photographers have started complaining that the photos they take of us are blurry because we’re moving around so much.

You are gearing up to head to this year’s SXSW! How excited are you to play the festival?

We’re counting down the days! I’ve never been to Austin before, or SXSW, so I’m excited to experience it all.

In the past year you played festivals such as Savannah Stopover, Canadian Music Week and Make Music Pasadena. Do you prefer the festival vibe to gigs?

I like them both for different reasons. I got pretty badly sunburnt in Savannah so the responsible/pale side of me says-stay indoors.

What is it about festivals that you love so much?

It brings out a different side of audiences. People kind of take things less seriously at festivals. I feel like everyone is more inclined to dance. Not sure why, but I love it.

Are there any acts that you are looking forward to seeing at SXSW? Who, other than yourselves, should our readers go and check out?

There’s a girl named Marika Hackman from London that I hope I can catch while we’re there.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We’re really looking forward to playing SXSW and for people to hear all the new music we’ve been working on! You can check us out on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, Instagram, Twittter… all under “The Fontaines”!

The Fontaines’ latest single ‘Evaporate’ is out now. They, along with the artists below, perform at SXSW 2017. Catch The Fontaines on 16th and 17th March.

Check out their playlist of who they are excited to see at this year’s SXSW!

The Wild Reeds – ‘Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)’

I’m really looking forward to playing one of our showcases with these guys. I really like their lyrics, especially on this track and the line “I only remember the sweetest things.”
Mail The Horse – ‘Backlash’

Growlers-vibes. I love their guitar tones.

Be Charlotte – Machines That Breathe
Besides having the best band name of all time, in my opinion, I am addicted to hearing the lead singers’ accent.

SOHN – ‘Conrad’

I would describe SOHN’s music as tasty and hypnotic.

Plush – ‘Sheer Power’

This song is perfect for driving home after a long day and pretending like you’re the protagonist in a cool indie movie.

Naked Giants – ‘Easy Eating’

I kinda wanna grab a beer with these guys.