Recipients of the 2018 Music New Brunswick Rock Artist of The Year award, FM Berlin is a four-piece Alternative East Coast Rock band that sounds like The Police and The Strokes made a baby....in space. A bold claim which they own with sing-a-long swagger.
The band’s new album, At Least You're Having Fun, (July 2017) had a few false starts, "We recorded the entire album in a state of the art recording studio at the Dartmouth Nova Scotia community college, but we felt the sound wasn't quite right." explains the band's frontman Corey Hachey. "We ended up putting together our own home studio in Moncton where we could spend more time getting the sounds right." The new album was then produced remotely (via email and skype) by two Toronto based producers, Jason Dufour (Tokyo Police Club, July Talk, Lights) and Josh Bowman (worked with Matthew Good and The Balconies).
The third single, "Ransom", is an urban take on young love and the intensity and romance that comes along with it. "It’s a song that I’ve always wanted to write - Young love through the eyes of the hopefully afflicted," laughs Hachey. With lyrics like, "...Maybe one day we’ll get it right love, and that dirty dead end job won’t be there Monday..." that message is clearly delivered. In The four piece will be hitting the road in support of their new single with a five city Canadian tour spanning from Ottawa Ontario to Halifax Nova Scotia.
“FM Berlin know the business of turning out catchy tracks. They can threaten to hold us for Ransom, but so long as they’re turning out songs like this consider me a hostage who’s willing to drive the getaway car.” - Alex Cook, Editor at The East magazine.
FM Berlin gleaned its name from (Bassist) Glen Farquhar's father who (in June of 1960) carried a concealed camera into Soviet occupied East Berlin, and was able to smuggle pictures of the bombed out city back to Canada.
FM Berlin is:
COREY HACHEY (MAIN VOCALS)
MATT CLOWES (GUITAR, VOCALS)
GLEN FARQUHAR (BASS, VOCALS)
NIC MICHAUD (DRUMS)
FM Berlin received the 2016 Bell Media Prize from Canada's Music Incubator (with an on going career mentorship and industry connectivity). Before showcasing at the (2015) East Coast Music Week in St. John's Newfoundland, the band took home the Music New Brunswick Emerging Artist of the Year award in (2014) for their debut EP In The Interest of National Security released in (2013).