'On Botany' was written in the aftermath of devastating band lineup changes following several floundering flirtations with various awful forms of heavy rock music.
Initially, the only concept was to create music without the use of virtually any guitar distortion - to be kind to the blasted eardrums of our wasted youth. It was something unheard of for an independent rock band in Malaysia at the time, unless you played for free beers & salted nuts at the local drinking hole to an inebriated audience.
Little concept had we of what kind of sound we were aiming for, except that:-
1) It had to be catchy
2) Things sounded better swathed in buckets of reverb
Along the way, terms such as "accidentally twee" and "indiepop" started getting thrown our way from eager listeners, though we genuinely had absolutely no idea what it all meant. This nice group of people with great taste in music gave us lots of lovely support. And we got some nice press out of it, too.
Though sadly, this was not enough to fund the Ferns's dream golden yacht (that's a story for another day).
~WHAT THEY SAY~
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