When Tu Fawning came onto the scene in 2010, it was hard to know exactly what to make of this Portland-bred four-piece: was it a group that made sad pageant songs? Indie-rock funeral dirges? Sample-based pieces of experimental craftsmanship?
It’s truly hard to say, but the group soon began carving out a distinct niche for itself in the years that followed, touring the world while slowly crafting a deeper, more unique follow-up. This year’s A Monument features primal drumming, a smaller reliance on samples this time around (although they do pop up), and an even greater emphasis on singer Corrina Repp’s powerful voice (Joe Haege, Liza Rietz, and Tousssaint Perrault—multi-instrumentalists all—round out the lineup). The band’s live shows show the foursome breaking out violins, horns, and all manner of synths to drive their powerfully emotive music home. Even with the album’s release a few months ago, people are still starting to come around to the record, and the band’s reverent fanbase is slowly, gradually swelling.
As part of the group’s rise to prominence, Corrina has taken time out of the band’s busy schedule to answer PopMatters’ 20 Questions, here revealing how Motley Crüe managed to bring her to tears, the fantastic story of how she came into ownership of a deaf cat named Jazz Hands, and how she has “disease” for acquiring t-shirts . . .