F&M

F&M

 
Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
BandPopAlternative

F&M’s emotive observations incorporate an international view that’s finely aged through an urban-Canadian perspective. This unique sound has been critically acknowledged by way of music placements, songwriting merits and special invitations to perform in nontraditional or cross-genre spaces. “Their boxing gloves may be made of velvet (thick, crushed velvet at that), but this trio will punch you.” Montreal Mirror

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Biography

Wine connoisseurs see a perfectly blended wine as an art form. F&M, a baroque-pop trio from Edmonton, Alberta, believes a blend is best – especially when it comes to music. The three-piece band consisting of singer-songwriters Rebecca and Ryan Anderson along with multi-instrumentalist / production virtuoso Bryan Reichert, mix their individual talents to create an amalgam of folk, rock, classical and pop that’s intermingled with influences stemming from multiple cross-continent tours, and a smattering of European adventures.

F&M’s signature sound — from the powerfully melodic folk-rock inaugural release of Let Every Light Shine (2007, Shameless Records), the complex and introspective Every Light Must Fade (2008, Shameless Records), Earshot #1 folk chart-topper, Sincerely, F&M (2010, Shameless Records) and the heart warming Wish You Were Here (2011, Shameless Records) — is a musical choice for the more refined. F&M’s emotive observations incorporate an international view that’s finely aged through an urban-Canadian perspective. This unique sound has been critically acknowledged by way of music placements, songwriting merits and special invitations to perform in nontraditional or cross-genre spaces.

After a period of silence brought upon F&M by way of a broken hand, a broken leg, and falling victim to fraud (no really!), the trio mark their triumphant return with a release built from another blend — that of broken bones, broken promises, and broken hearts. At Sunset We Sing, is a joyful melancholy celebration of life. Melancholy is not defined by a feeling of sadness but of reverie and hope. F&M familiars will no doubt recognize Rebecca’s elegant musicianship and hypnotic voice. Ryan continues to gallantly spar with his guitar, but counters this battle with his expressive lyrical poetry and a distinctive croon. Bryan’s cinematic instrumental performances on guitar, mandolin and violin expertly finish F&M’s mature aromatic blend.

"Should be alternative stars- the Canadian duo of Rebecca and Ryan Anderson are writing passionate stories. Their past works also deserve recognition, but they are consistently great, and their lyrics are pure poetry." Famous Blue Raincoats, Greece

"... wowing audiences ... sounds that draw comparison to The National." Rocky Mountain Outlook

In person,F&M lack no reservations, physically and emotionally letting themselves escape into their very meaningful songs about love, sadness, and traveling the Canadian landscape.”Lithium Magazine

“F&M combined great musicianship with haunting, beautiful melodies, and a unique stage presence, making for a show that was soothing yet captivating. Following a talented band such as F&M is not easy task” Merge Magazine




Lyrics

And We Will Mend Our Broken Hearts

Written By: Ryan Anderson

I was in the background sitting sorta softly in my shell

Humming slowly sipping, sipping on a drink I will dwell

Dim the lights, turn on the stereo

I place my hand in yours it’s on your lap

Take your eyes off mine, turn them to the street down below

People flashing by, people flashing by their in our eyes

Most days we always rush but not today

Pour another glass, I choose to stay

Saunter in the streets, Saunter in my mind, I saunter well.

Saunter with a hat, Saunter in a scarf, I wear it well

People buzzing past that’s not my way

People fussing much it’s not my way

And I’m standing in the rain, as It hits the dirty ground, it cleans the filthy streets

And I’m picturing your face, it’s a painting that i trace, you’re always on my mind

And we will mend our broken hearts, in a year of broken dreams,a year of broken words we heard

And we’re fading into black, fading into black… fade the lights to black

For My Dear Recluse

Written By: Ryan Anderson

From the Sparkles in your eyes

To the feathers on your mind

Please be the rocks beneath my feet

And the waves in my sea

Grab the good cups before we pour the wine

Light a candle turn down the lights

From the drum snap to the sound

To a sunset that melts a frown

There’s a fog in the air I can hear

Churchbells not far away

Remember my hand as I strummed guitar

Remember my hand as it held you hard

There is a patience in your eyes

There is a pining in your sighs

There is an aching in your smile

And I hope I’m on your mind

Remember my hand as I strummed guitar

Remember my hand as it held you hard

Grab the good cups before we pour the wine

Light a candle turn down the lights.

A Little Love Hymn

Written By: Rebecca Anderson

Love I am resting in your arms

But my thoughts they are restless and your arms there cannot go

Lo there is silence and it’s sweet

But your heart is a thumpin’ and it’s sound can bring no sleep

Now sings the night bird and she’s lonely

Oh she calls for a lover but her cries go unreturned

My hand feels the darkness and it’s warm

But this night is a fever and empty are my palms

Lord can you hear us moan?

Oh our love is so (too) little in your world that is so grand

Discography

At Sunset We Sing (November 2014)

An Evening In Moscow EP - Online Only  (April 2013)

Winter Is Coming: Songs of Winter and Christmas EP - Online Only (December 2011)

Wish You Were Here (August 30th 2011)

Sincerely, F&M (2010 Shameless)

Every Light Must Fade (2008 Shameless)

Let Every Light Shine (2007 Shameless)

F&M Christmas Notebook : This Gift Buys Our Gift EP (2006 Self-Released: F&M and Bryan Reichert)

Set List

Up to two 45 minute sets (original music).

We are an original music band. But we may include 1-2 covers in a show. Covers that we may perform include songs by:
Will Oldham
Smog / Bill Calahan
Metallic Fields / S. Merrit
Guns & Roses
Iggy Pop and the Stooges
Nick Cave

Also an audience favourite:
Maybe Tomorrow (The Littlest Hobo Theme Song)