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Fairweather Friends

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*NEW* - Our music video for the single "Hey OK" is OUT NOW - completely handmade and animated + no CG whatsoever! www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnfraIzoh6k

Fairweather Friends is Ferns’ 2nd album and is a good way to spend an idle afternoon at home instead of pursuing useful activities such as exercising, working and getting sunshine.

Being full of vim and vigour fresh off the release of On Botany, the band ruthlessly laid plans to bust out a quick “rough & ready” EP of live in-studio recordings. But that was not to be.

Three years and innumerable wheezing attempts later, and Fairweather Friends is ready to squeeze its merry way out into the light.

The new album thankfully retains those nuggets of live studio tomfoolery, yet is made whole by a complement of younger, sexier bedfellows - who you‟re not likely to kick off the mattress. Fairweather Friends represents a small sidestep from the dreampop mists of On Botany into the unaffected terra firma of pop-rock 'n' roll.

Rather than fiddle with high-falutin‟ conceptual themes, Ferns is content to tell you that they wrote a bunch of songs with lyrics that just happened to reference weather. Given the meteorological limitations of the equator where Ferns is firmly planted; it certainly took some stretch of imagination.

The album features whimsical artwork from artist extraordinaire Shika whom, Ferns is assured, achieved the eruption of searing colours completely without the aid of pharmaceuticals.

~PRESS FOR FAIRWEATHER FRIENDS~
#3 on 'SEA Indie's Top 10 Southeast Asia's Best Indie-Pop Releases 2010-2011' - SEA Indie, bit.ly/znrcwZ

'10 Best Albums of 2011' - Three Fingers Back bit.ly/vKgccW

"...acclaimed Malaysian "twee pop" band - featuring "jangling guitars, a love of '60s pop and often fey, innocent lyrics" - TODAY daily, Singapore bit.ly/vRwNGj


~OTHER PRESS~
One of Rolling Stone's Top 25 Best Bands on Myspace - Rollingstone.com

"On Botany" No.9 on Pop 'n' Cherries' Best Albums 2007 list - Pop 'n' Cherries (popncherries.skynetblogs.be)

"...you'll get exactly what makes Ferns a great, not just simply good, band" - Jakarta Post, 17/12/2007

"...this could be one of the best twee act release this year from South East Asia.." - On Botany album review (8.2/10 rating), Deathrockstar

"...definitely one of the best unrecognized releases so far this year; a sleeper hit for anyone that really digs pop music." - Green Clothes Music, 15/4/2007

"...if they were swedish, everyone in the indiepop world would love them already” - On Botany album review (4/5 rating), One Chord To Another (www.onechord.net)

“...captures the sound of young broken hearts...strong songwriting” - On Botany album review (4/5 stars), The Star, Malaysia

“Astonishing debut…The best Malaysian album of the year” - On Botany album review (4.5/5 stars), Junk magazine, Malaysia

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released December 10, 2011

FERNS ARE:
> Abigail De Vries - keyboards, backing vocals
> Adrian Yap - bass
> Johan Fariz Tan - guitars & ukelele, all programming on track 8 & 10
> Warren Chan - vocals, guitars + all guitars on track 1

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
> Ryan Lee Bhaskaran (drums on Track 2, 4, 5 & 7)
> Rudy Frank (drums & percussion on Track 3 & 9)
> Shika (CD layout, illustration & design)
+ Everyone who's supported us, gigged with us & made fun of us - friends, family and foes.

> All tracks written, arranged, performed, produced by Ferns.
> Tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 recorded at Standingwave Studios
> Tracks 1, 3, 9 recorded at Iseekmusic Studios

*NOTE:
> The album that you're holding right there in your hands is a product of almost 3 years of blood, sweat and chlorophyll - not necessarily in that order. They say when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Well, we're pretty sure that Fairweather Friends is a big ripe tomato. Thank you and enjoy.

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Ferns Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ferns was cultivated a score of years ago in a patch of fertile soil in suburban Kuala Lumpur. Through natural selection, a little loving care and lots of sunlight, the band evolved into a lean & green pop-song-writing machine.

Our first-ever debut album, On Botany (2007) made nice enough noises to earn top spots on a number of year-end Best Ofs. Fairweather Friends (2011) is our latest.
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Track Name: Miss Stormcloud
I know a girl who's good at bringing out the rain
She makes me think of things that I just can't explain
As soon as the light hits the sky
I'll be wiping raindrops from these very eyes

When the clouds turn gray
She keeps sunshine at bay

Look at below (whoa-whoa-whoa)
She'll go crashing rainbows
so you'll know the story-oh
Look out below (whoa-whoa-whoa)
She won't say she's sorry
yet I love her madly-oh

She never pays no mind to all our miseries
I'm catching-22 across diagonally
As soon as the light hits the sky
I'll be wiping raindrops from these very eyes

When the clouds turn gray
She keeps sunshine at bay

Look at below (whoa-whoa-whoa)
She'll go crashing rainbows
so you'll know the story-oh
Look out below (whoa-whoa-whoa)
She won't say she's sorry
yet I love her madly-oh

Look at below (whoa-whoa-whoa)
She'll go crashing rainbows
so you'll know the story-oh

Look out below x 8
Track Name: Hey OK
Don't you waste away your life
The best days of our lives
Don't you say we're only friends
Starting's not the end
If this holds me to a life of degradation
Well I guess this is just sticky situation

I won't compromise
I'll be dignified and say...

Hey OK
I might not be that kinda guy but
Hey it's OK
I'll save it for that perfect time
If you were ever down
I'll still be hangin' round

Now I'm flying off the bend
A common enough trend
If this holds me to a life of degradation
Well I guess this is just a hopeless conversation

I won't analyse
I'll be dignified and say...

Hey OK
I might not be that kinda guy but
Hey it's OK
I'll save it for that perfect time
If you were ever down
I'll still be hangin' round

I'll take the blame
Whatever happened to this love profane
Shouldn't I just be locked up and insane
For all time out of mind

OooOooh
(If you were ever down)
OooOooh
(I'll still be hangin' round)
OooOooh
(If you were ever down)
OooOooh
(I'll still be hangin' round)
Track Name: Anti Social Scene
Laugh lines
form all your territories
Night life
dead as a cemetery
Good times
say it's just temporary
and forgotten when we're old

Hey
What if its too late
To save myself
I'd rather doing something else

Do do do do do do do
Should've never left my home
Do do do do do do do
My cover's blown
Do do do do do do do
Should've never left my room
Do do do do do do do
Just leave me alone

Bright lights
blinking on like constellations
White lies
awkward stabs at conversation

Good times
say it's just temporary
and forgotten when we're old

Hey
What if its too late
To save myself
I'd rather doing something else

Do do do do do do do
Should've never left my home
Do do do do do do do
My cover's blown
Do do do do do do do
Should've never left my room
Do do do do do do do
Just leave me alone

Take me out from this place
and I'll stay a disgrace
Take me off from your gaze
and I'll stare at your face
Take me out from this place
and I'll stay a disgrace
Take me off from your gaze
and I'll stare...

At your face
A disgrace
At your face
A disgrace
Now it's time...for...me...to...go
Track Name: Dismay
If I could just sing something special
lyrics from a song
If I could just stay young and stupid
Would it be so wrong?

Today
I'm okay
But tomorrow
Forecast gloom and sorrow

It's no surprise
When you say to me
I love you anyway
That comes so easily, you see
It's much to my dismay

If I could just be someone's someone
thoughts I've held so long
Like lovers on their soft parades
I could use some warmth

Today
I'm okay
But tomorrow
Forecast gloom and sorrow

It's no surprise
When you say to me
I love you anyway
That comes so easily, you see
It's much to my dismay

It's no surprise
When you say to me
I need you anyway
That comes so easily, you see
I'll never find the pathway to your heart again...
Track Name: A Funny Feelin'
This is a love song
Just a silly little song
This is a love song
Shouldn't take too long

I have a funny feelin'
That someone just so appealin'
Should claim a tender piece of my heart

Some kinda romance
I'll do a silly little dance
Don't need no metaphors
It's just you I adore

I have a funny feelin'
That someone just so appealin'
Should claim a tender piece of my...

I have a funny feelin'
That someone just so appealin'
Should claim a tender piece of my...

Heart, my heart
Claim a tender piece of my
Heart, my heart
Claim an achin' piece of my heart
Track Name: Apparitions
All-in-all I think I have to say
it will be okay, for awhile
Time and time again we've come to be
unsolved mysteries, without smiles

Haunted by your frightful whispers
Let the twilight be our witness
To the greatest crime
Of our times

Was a time when I could always see
Ghostly imagery, in '85
Time might not always give a second chance
Step into the light, force that smile

Haunted by your frightful whispers
Let the twilight be our witness
To the greatest crime
Of our times

Haunted by your frightful whispers
Let the twilight be our witness
To the greatest crime
Of our times

Ooooh x 8
Track Name: I Should Be Having More Fun
Spring won't come
Summer is just a dream
Sweltering hearts
Wandering round in a tropical haze
A physical ailment these days

Burning under the sun
Curse at the moon
Feels just like I should be having more fun

Winter won't be
Autumn's eulogy
Wind from the sea
Casting on all our precipitous lives
Precipitous signs in the skies

Burning under the sun
Howl at the moon
Feels just like I should be having more fun

Ooooh
What more could I try to say (do do do do)
Ooooh
Take these bad thoughts away

Burning under the sun
Curse at the moon
Feels just like I should be having more fun
Track Name: Sad Sack
On a rock upon a shore
A silhouette slept soundly through this war
Thought he fell outta sight in '44
The memory kept raging like a storm
As he...

Tried to be
Everyone's sad story
Wait and see
32 year folly
It's hard to reach
for times of righteousness

In a head so calm composed
A brain shook rattling round just like ghost
Course he'd never be free of all his woes
The reverie was coming to a close
As he...

Tried to be
Everyone's sad story
Wait and see
32 year folly
It's hard to reach
for times of righteousness

Tried to be
Everyone's sad story
Wait and see
Won't you look kindly
On a poor shell of a man

Tried to be
Everyone's sad story
Wait and see
32 year folly
Tried to be
Everyone's sad story
Wait and see
32 years all gone
Track Name: When You Fall Asleep
You and I
Know the reasons why
our stars will cross tonight
Ohh storybooks
and those catchy hooks
A song was all it took

When you fall asleep
it brings my to my knees
When I fall too deep
to leave

How did I
seem to catch your eyes
Held fast to these times
Ohh simplify
all these long goodbyes
It's easier not to cry

When you fall asleep
it brings my to my knees
When I fall too deep
to leave

When you fall asleep
it brings my to my knees
When I fall too deep
I think I still believe...

In silence
In romance
In our mysteries

All we said, all we did
All we knew, was so right

All we said, all we did
All we said, was so bright

All we said, all we did
All we knew
was wrong in the end