Fingers Cross Bring an “Early Birth” To Cassette Tape!

Fingers Cross, the shoegazing idols from Thailand, are big faves with the Homicidols team. Really, we adore them! Cal wrote a great intro to the group, and later explored their willingness to tackle social issues with a boldness not usually associated with this genre of music. Aside from for their spectacular musical ventures, the very heart and spirit of these ladies makes for one of the more intriguing and exciting groups happening right now, and adding further proof that great idol music doesn’t end at the Japanese coastal waters.

And we’re not alone in noticing! Gerpfast Records out of Indonesia added them to their catalog of forward-thinking experimental artists. (They previously released tapes by RAY!*) Gerpfast is a label that reaches across a wide spectrum of audio treasures to release limited-edition, artfully-crafted cassette tapes, and this group suits the label’s vision perfectly. The six-song cassette is titled “Early Birth”...

 

Gerpfast shared a press release wherein they described the work of Fingers Cross:

“Shoegaze always has a new transformation, from the way to create the sound or to perform it as the years go by. One of a kind is the Idolgaze group from Thailand, Fingers Cross that combined shoegazing sound and their beautiful performances. Even they’re not the first idol group that has a shoegaze/dreamy concept around the idol scene, Fingers Cross still has a special spotlight for it.”

 

We’ve posted this video before, but it bears repeating… just bask in this gorgeous song entitled “Theory”...

And also included on this release, “Fight For the Future”, (The original Thai title literally translates to “Fight But Don’t Die”.) a vital protest song that Cal spoke to Finger Cross’ producer about right here...

And here’s a lovely number called “Town Under Tears” a song that’s described on the bandcamp page as being about a group of people coming together to found a utopian society…

Now it is worth understanding that Gerpfast produces their cassette releases in pretty small batches, (100 copies of this tape, and I believe 50 will be allowed for pre-sale) and because the label is in Indonesia, the shipping leans a bit on the expensive side. (Also, the digital rights sometimes get a little murky and I’m not quite sure if you can get a download in this instance.) Perhaps if you find it prohibitive to get one of these, or maybe you’re just not a tape person, (It’s certainly a niche market, personally I love listening to them out of nostalgia, but also collecting them as miniature art pieces.)  I would urge you to send Fingers Cross some supportive feedback and maybe encourage them to expand their distribution possibilities. Also, some of their songs are available to stream.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this early birth helps push the group to grow into much bigger things! They really deserve it! 

 

 

*As of this writing, there’s still 3 copies left of RAY’s “Yellow” cassette, by the way…..