In Fear of Olive Biography

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Band Members

Jake Cope: Vocals/Guitar
France Lahmar: Bass/Vocals
P.J. Burdett:: Guitar/Vocals
Arv Teeroovengadum: Drums/Vocals

Current Label

Wire Sound

A storm is approaching. Emerging from the windswept Yorkshire landscape, In Fear of Olive are preparing to unleash their debut album “Dress For The Weather” in early 2013.In Fear of Olive, their name a play on the inferior olive – a large nucleus in the brain involved in control and sensory processing ­– formed whilst still at school. 

 Seven years down the line and joined by the virtuosity of France Lahmar on bass guitar and the whirlwind on the skins that is Arv Teeroovengadum, the band have played hundreds of gigs, amassed widespread praise from musicians, radio DJs and music industry heads alike, and have an ever-expanding fanbase in Yorkshire that is ready to overspill up and down these Isles and beyond.

Discovered two years ago by Graeme Oxby, the seasoned manager of reformed punk pioneers Magazine, In Fear Of Olive are now on the cusp of releasing their debut album, Dress For The Weather.Following the widely acclaimed 4-track EPs All We Can Do Is Wonder and Saluting Magpies, and the joyous bumble of first single Love’s Grown Wild, the album sets out their stall as a tight knit group of talented contenders.Recorded above a betting shop in their hometown of Doncaster, the songs distil the everyday honest realities of getting by on your wits, exploring relationships and making the best of the hand you’re dealt. 

Although the band members are all in their early twenties, their years belie a rich heritage of musical influence that spans a century. They mine a fertile seam of Americana that blend elements of roots, folk, rockabilly and country - these influences being musical hand-me-downs from older generations. As singer Jake Cope elaborates, “My granddad says that you can’t get any better than American music and so I’ve always had that played in the background. He introduced me to Dylan and Johnny Cash, but it took me a while, I had to go back to them and realise ‘shit this is good.’”But mixed in with this potent brew are elements of home though, and In Fear of Olive are also unmistakably British in their unique sound, and Jake adds, “I went through a massive stage with Dylan, as I’m sure everyone does, but then I had a massive surge of English folk, and I really dig English folk.”

Their authentic and matured sound comes across with a sense of intimacy and solidarity that only comes from solid bonds and the band’s foundations are built on this. They all agree that, “It’s never been about money. The band is very much based on friendship, you get bands that sort of come together and have not met each other before, but we can’t understand how that works… it needs to be united in that sense. We were more a friendship and an enjoyment in something that we just wanted to carry on doing. We couldn’t ask for anything more. And it’s brought us close together, it’s challenged us as friends… in that sense it’s been its own counsellor, as well as a thing to do.”

Collected and composed whilst also hungry and packing a ferocious punch, In Fear Of Olive have dedicated themselves entirely to their music, relinquishing life’s other avenues and putting themselves on the line with nothing else to fall back on. As Jake confides, “We’ve scrapped everything, any other kind of career plans or anything like that. And that was before we thought we were any good or worried about anyone else’s opinion… we just put our all into it.”Although the music game often seems to elude genuine talent, there should be no cause for worry with this gang. 

The outstanding and timeless quality of their music and the emotional investment therein can only bring just rewards. Only those with wooden hearts and cloth ears will miss such artistry.Dress For The Weatheris due to be released imminently, keep your eyes on this space. For pre-orders

Dress For The Weatheris due to be released imminently, keep your eyes on this space. For pre-orders

Releases:"All We Can Do Is Wonder" EP (WIRED 15)
Format : 4 track CD and 5 track download

"Saluting Magpies" EP (WIRED27)Format : 4 track CD and 5 track download

"Love's Grown Wild” Single (WIRED28)Format: Download"Dress For The Weather" LP - TBC


"Really, really great songs, boss lyrics too and sympathetic arrangements played with real feeling and soul... what is there not to like?"
– Richard Hawley

"I think very promising"
- Steve Lamaq

“It could be a few months away, it might be more than a year, but In Fear of Olive are going to be massive - Mumfords massive if there’s any justice.”

-Clash Magazine July 2012

"In Fear Of Olive combines the raggedy charm of roots with an urgency and insistence that’s one hundred percent contemporary" 
- Subba Cultcha

"I just love the vocals, the energy, and the full sound of the band.Yes, the track incorporates folk and rock and roll, but it’s not a regurgitated sound. Good lyrics seal the deal." - La Paradiddle, Brooklyn NYC May 2012

"Raising a middle digit to bands without their staying power."
- Destroy Before Reading April 2012

"There's a distinct rawness to their music creating a haunting realism found rarely in the current charts. In Fear of Olive debut with a well formed sound and a diverse EP, possessing a rawness and maturity setting them apart from other young artists."
****Beckie Cromie - Spark Magazine Feb '12

“In Fear Of Olive may be from Yorkshire but a distinct American rootsy vibe permeates their folk style. The quartet begin by seizing the listener with the instantly danceable I'm Sure They'll Fall, which will
send you away with "I'll bring my friends so they can see your beauty" going round your head. This is followed by three more sombre tracks, richly mature for such a young group.” 
– Record of the Week :
Camden New Journal / Islington Tribune / West End Extra / May 2011

"Twanged-up skiffling rock and roll from the Deep South – deep South Yorkshire, that is. Energised by Johnny Cash, Bright Eyes and Bob Dylan, this quartet has the Richard Hawley seal of approval, and ours too."
- The Word magazine (Jul 16, 2011)

"In Fear Of Olive nearly blow the roof off. Driven by drummer Arv Teeroovengadum, reminiscent of the wondrous Greeny of Milburn/Dead Son’s fame, he beats the skins to within an inch of their lives. With some top notch vocals from Jake Cope, these guys are a class act."
- Sheffield Star- (June 2012)

"Support on the tour comes from hotly-tipped In Fear Of Olive, who have just released their second EP Saluting Magpies. They are a young four-piece who are remarkably assured, deftly switching between various folk, rock and country styles. All four musicians contribute vocals, which add a real depth and maturity to the already beautifully crafted and executed songs. There are a number of very tasteful and expensively produced videos on YouTube where IFOO’s more reflective side is shown, but they pretty much stick to their up-tempo songs here. They’ve played in Sheffield a few times already this year and if they return to somewhere more intimate like the Greystones, they’ll be unmissable."
 - Now Then Live 2011

"There’s an impressive sense of space across the EP, and often the band are reduced to a single guitar with maybe a single note on a piano or a moaning lap steel in the background, leaving the focus on the vocals and lyrics. A distant thunderstorm rumbles over a fingerpicked acoustic and a tinkling music box piano, there’s a brief interruption from massed vocals on a chorus and a shuffling snare throughout ‘Peace Of Mind’. "
- Richard Cook, Destroy Before Reading (Apr 06, 2011)

Starting off with a sub-rockabilly theme, moving through country and sort of ending up with American gothic, it would be fair to say there's a lot going on on the four tracks of "All We Can Do Is Wander", but it manages it all without losing a sense of identity. In Fear Of Olive, no I don't know who Olive is but she sounds formidible, carry something of themselves from song to song, which gives the EP a joined up feel, regardless of the different sounds that make up the release. They've constucted the ep well, riff laden start and ease you into te more subtle stuff and leave you wanting more. 
- FATEA  magazine 2011

"Magazine have impressive support tonight from In Fear of Olive, who fuse a modern folk revival sound with the Nashville sound of the 1950’s, and whose set includes an excellent cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’." 
- Wolverhampton Students Union magazine

Before Magazine, openers In Fear Of Olive warmed up the crowd nicely with some fine blues rock, Americana and a little bit of good ol' country twang. Not sure of the name of the first track they played but it was a belter, with an extended blues jam threatening to go on all night. I wouldn’t have minded to be honest, I do love a good jam. Elsewhere they made the best use of the fact that all four band members can more than carry a tune with some lush four part harmonies. A spirited cover of Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues won over some of the aging punks in the audience and the set ended with the cries of “more”, a rarity for any opening act eh? 
- The Hearing Aid, Birmingham.

In Fear Of Olive’s a collection of blithely, waifish scamps from Doncaster who have a penchant for gritty stripped-to-the-bone acoustic compositions that wilfully spiral out of control. They also meld into the pot a heady base of harmonies, erudite lyrics with folk origins and flecked with rootsy Americana. Singer/guitarist Jake Cope’s towering vocals are the fulcrum of In Fear Of Olive’s sound; he spins yarns like ‘we should take more pictures because my memory won’t hold’ at the beginning of ‘Led Me Astray’ – it’s immediately apparent that there’s an inborn lyricist with a dexterity for a line in this band. ‘Led Astray’ crescendos quite beautifully into the meandering watery guitars of ‘Peace Of Mind’. ‘The Only Way Is Down’, Cope holds onto every syllable with all his being in this closing epic. And overall, In Fear Of Olive come across as a shuddering prospect. In fact, with songs like the rip-roaring, barn-storming opener ‘I’m Sure They’ll Fall’ and the said ‘Led Astray’, even these pseudo-miserabilists would ignite much vigour amongst their disciples on a live platform. If the new songs are written in the same ilk, they’d be no need to create a press hyperbole – everyone would begin to flock, however terrifying Olive is." 
-Shout 4

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