I'm pretty sure myself, like many like-minded Indie Rock devotees, first heard Cults frontwoman Madeline Follin's sultry whispery wail was on "Queen of Hearts" from Toronto Hardcore band F__ked Up's sprawling 2011 Punk Rock Opera, David Comes to Life. While then nine-year-old Follin's first true "solo" work, Dee Dee Ramone-assembled Youth Gone Mad's Touching Cloth (2000) pre-dates Cults by about 11 years, her latest set of recordings would appear to be her first legitimate outer-band side project; "Follin is the musical project of brother-sister duo Madeline and Richie James Follin. In the down time between record cycles of their respective bands [Cults and Guards/Willowz], they decided to finally record and release something together," San Francisco and Miami-based Father/Daughter Records wrote within a recent press release. It was an idea that they had hoped to turn into a reality for years, but time never permitted. Finally, in the summer of 2015, their schedules aligned and they were able to make it happen. Although, they've been making music together since they were children, these songs mark their first collaborative release," Father/Daughter continued, concerning the storied decades-old origins of Follin.
Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe proudly premiered Follin's debut single, "Roxy," on his radio show Tuesday afternoon, which has since become available for streaming and download from Soundcloud, TIDAL, Spotify, iTunes, and Father/Daughter's own webstore. It's one half of what's poised to be Madeline & Richie Follin's self-titled debut 2-track EP, according to Pitchfork; the second half of which of said Follin EP, @father_daughter assures will "come next month [March]!" Follin's electronically-driven, 80's New Wave-leaning "Roxy" is without a doubt a drastic stylistic departure from Madeline & Richie James' previous recorded output with Cults, Guards, and Willowz, which would likely be categorized as boy-assisted "Girl Group" Pop, Indie Rock, and Garage Rock-reminiscent material, receptively. "With this project, Madeline and Richie wanted to do something different than they had ever done before. Inspired by distorted synthesizers, drum machines, samples, harmonizers, tape effects, and atmospheric sounds, they experimented with new instruments and different vocal styles;" stay tuned to this channel, as I've recently gotten in touch with Father/Daughter Records, Madeline, and Richie James Follin with the prospect of ultimately, conducting and publishing an interview EXCLUSIVE to The Witzard!