The Favours

The Favours

BandRock

Explosive guitars, a tight rhythm section, rowdy rock songs with pop melodies, and a singer who sounds like Debbie Harry-gone-grunge mark the three-piece out as the best female-fronted band to emerge from Britain in years.

Biography

The Favours have lost count of how many line-ups they�ve had in the last two years. They remember once trying out twelve drummers in under a month, waving goodbye to two guitarists and seeing Sara blossom from a shy backing singer into a feisty front woman with a great growl and a taste for stagediving in short skirts.

From experience, The Favours know when something feels right and their latest line-up - in place since early 2005 - is one the Hull-based band will be sticking with. Catch one of their superb live shows and you�ll understand why. Explosive guitars, a tight rhythm section, rowdy rock songs with pop melodies and a singer who sounds like Debbie Harry-gone-grunge mark the three-piece out as the best female-fronted band to emerge from Britain in years.

�It has taken us a while to get the dynamic just right,� says Sara Sanchez, whose tiny frame and sweet speaking voice betray none of her anger and energy on stage. �It�s been well worth the wait though. For the first time, we feel a gang and you can hear that in the music. The songs flow like they never did before and when we start to play; we all get the same buzz. People who have seen the new show feel it too.�

The Favours grew from the ashes of a band that bassist Martin Knight formed while at Hull University. Sara, also studying at Hull and working part-time in the same pub as Martin, became backing singer in Martin's band, and as her confidence grew, she began to co-write the songs and take over more and more of the lead vocals. �She basically took over,� laughs Martin. �The more shows we played, the more Sara sang and the better we sounded. It was then we realised that we had something special. It was getting the rest of the pieces to fall into place that was the problem.�

Once Sara had finally taken over all lead vocal duties, the band decided it was time for a name change and so 'The Favours' were born. While Sara and Martin tried to settle on a line-up, they bought a van and took to touring. Already a good group, they built up a strong following in their hometown of Hull and ventured all over England, headlining shows at London�s Dublin Castle and supporting as many bigger bands as they could. As well as releasing a limited-edition, debut single that made it onto London radio station XFM and into HMV, the band self-financed the recording of an albums worth of material to sell at gigs and through their website. It was only this year though that The Favours felt the time was right to sign a deal. Their lengthy search for a drummer was finally over when old friend Dave Meilhan was persuaded to return from Australia to complete the line-up. �Dave actually offered his services a year ago,� recalls Martin, �But we had another drummer then, so he went off travelling instead. �When that drummer didn�t work out and we couldn�t find anyone suitable, we called Dave and within ten seconds of our first rehearsal, we knew we�d found the right man. That was the day everything clicked into place.�

For Sara, The Favours is a dream come true. Having written songs since primary school � �Even at nursery, I remember walking around singing little rhymes I had made up myself, instead of playing with other kids,� she says - she grew up fantasising about fronting a rock band, but doubting she would ever have the confidence to even try. �I knew I could sing and I had always played piano,� says Sara, �but it wasn�t until grunge happened that I actually picked up a guitar. I loved Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins and I thought it would be great to be a girl in a group like that, but I was too shy to start my own band. Luckily, Martin asked me to join his and as soon as I got on stage, I felt fantastic. I went from this scared girl standing at the back to watching Martin and wishing it was me up front.�

While all three of The Favours now contribute to the music, Martin and Sara remain the main songwriters. He puts in the pop melodies, while she adds a darker, harder edge with heavy guitars and often angry lyrics. �I�d call them angsty rather than angry,� says Sara. �Right now, they reflect the last two years of our lives. There�s a lot of frustration in there - relationships going wrong, problems with the band, the fact that we�re still penniless musicians - but the songs are never all negative. Even in our darkest days, we�ve loved being in a band. We know we can get up on stage and give people a good time and that�s where the positivity comes from.�

The Favours� current set includes the fast and furious �Sick Of It�, a two minute track about frustration - �Sexual or otherwise,� says Sara. There�s also �Bleed�, about Martin being punched in the face by a stranger while walking through Hull and new song �Until It Hits Home�, a lightly political look at other peoples problems.

Mostly though, The Favours are about having fun, being in a gang and avoiding

Lyrics

Satisfy Me

Written By: The Favours

I wanna see you stripped and naked
Begging for my love and forgiveness
Punishment, for doing no wrong
Take it

I would like an explanation
For all the bruises, scars and headaches
Punishment, for sacrifices
Take it

Cut me, cut me, cut me, cut me
Come back and see me when you’re ready
Cut me, cut me, cut me, cut me

Chorus1:
I’ll do what I can to stay a part of your life
But I’m lost and afraid that you’ll never return
My satisfaction, satisfaction
Satisfy me

I’ve got an appetite for your love
You say you want it, well I’m waiting
Punishment, I’ll show you something
Taste it

Cut me, cut me, cut me, cut me
Come back and see me when you’re ready
Cut me, cut me, cut me, cut me

Chorus 2:
I’ll do what I can to stay a part of your life
But I’m lost and afraid that you’ll never return
My satisfaction, satisfaction
Satisfy me

Satisfy me (x6)

Chorus 3:
I’ll do what I can to stay a part of your life
But I’m lost and afraid that you’ll never return
I'll do what I can to stay a part of your life
but the more i'm subjected, the sooner you'll get it
I’m lost and afraid that you’ll never return
My satisfaction, satisfaction
Satisfy me

What's in it for me?

Written By: The Favours

Verse 1:
Jump into this mould, here's a tenner for your soul
Get an ulcer every time that I call
You pull a little stance, then you do a little dance
And you never really cease to perform
Money in the bank, you're just money in the bank afterall
So leave it in my hands, just leave it in my hands little ones

Chorus:
Yeah, your promises stole the life from me, your promises stole the life from me
So who'm I going to be now I've all been broken?
You said "what the hell were you thinking of? what the hell were you thinking of?"
You've got to listen to me, if you want to be someone

Verse 2:
Well I can give you this if you don't take any risks, and I've brought a fence for you to sit on
I can get you there if you do that with your hair, and I've infiltrated you to the core
So don't make any plans, just don't make any plans with your life
Your putty in my hand, your putty in my hands yes your mine

CHORUS
Oh yeah, your promises stole the life from me, your promises stole the life from me
So who'm I going to be, now I've all been broken?

Middle 8:
You make, you break, disintergrate x 4

What's in it for me?! x 9

CHORUS

I Don't Need Anything From You

Written By: The Favours

Verse 1:
I'm dead and buried, there's only so much I can take x 2

Verse 2:
Why not forget it, there's only so much you can hate
Stranger to ethics, no common ground I can't relate
I need to know, I'm not alone
I need to know, the price I'll have to pay

Chorus:
I don't need anything from you
You leave me battered weak and bruised
I don't need anything from you
And when they let you on the loose
You attack with such ferocity
Just keep your ass away from me

Verse 3:
Unnecessary, the actions of a soiled faith
Knee jerk reaction, but with an age to contemplate
I need to know I'm not alone
I need to know the price I'll have to pay

CHORUS

I need to know, I'm not alone x 3
I need to know

CHORUS

I don't need, don't need, don't need anything x 4

Discography

Magpies Revenge LP - Self Released
Kill/Out of Control - 2 tracks feature on a split 7" single released on Filthy Little Angels
Islands - Single, released on Stonetrax Records September 2007
Sick of it - Single, released on Stonetrax Records December 2007
One up on you - Single, released on Stonetrax Records May 2008

Set List

We only play our own songs and we currently limit our sets to 30minutes. The setlist for our last gig in London was:
What's In It For Me?
One Up On You
Sick Of It
Satisfy Me
Kill
I Don't Need Anything From You
Left
Bleed

Other songs that we've been playing at recent gigs are:

Bad Intentions
Satisfy Me
Until It Hits Home
Say Something
Faces
Thinking About You