Fay Fife is best known as the lead singer and performer with seminal
Scottish Art Punk bands The Rezillos & The Revillos. She is primarily a
singer, performer and songwriter and has acted in a leading role within
all the bands and projects she has worked on.
Fay has initiated two further music projects in the last 5 years. She
is musical director, songwriter, lead singer and musician with
Multi-Arts project ‘Shamanic’.
She is also the frontwoman and driving force of new band, The Countess of Fife (eclectic, alternative country). Begun in 2016 as a song
writing project, it is now a live/recording band. The band have started up a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funds to complete their debut album. There are various packages on offer at various prices which you can check out here. Here's the lowdown from Fay taken from the Kickstarter page.
"Hi, I’m Fay Fife, and some of you may know me as the lead singer in the seminal Scottish Punk band The Rezillos. I’ve had a long career in music with a lot of experience in “the biz”, being the creative mover in The Rezillos and The Revillos as well as several other music/art projects. I’ve seen a lot of changes in that time, including the demise of many record labels and the necessity to “do it yourself” and "do it your own way", which I've always tended to do anyway! My involvement in The Rezillos continues, but I've also formed a new Alt-country band, The Countess of Fife. It began as a writing project which has developed into a band with a singular sound and a growing international following. After 4 years honing our sound, we have a bank of tried and tested material - and some brand new songs as well - that we want to record and release as a high-quality studio album, digital, CD and vinyl. We loosely locate ourselves within an insurgent alt-country framework with a feminist bite in the lyrics. The influences are drawn from diverse sources that illustrate my personal journey, and we nail our colours to the mast as something earthy, real, and rooted to life. We’ve been described as “like The Cramps crossed with Johnny Cash” and while I don't like to pin us down too much, it captures something of my Punk roots coupled with a real-life Country bent.
The band is a great mix of youth and experience with me on lead vocals and keys, Lord Allan McDowall from Scottish Post-Punk country outfit So You Think You’re a Cowboy, on guitars and vocals, with a great rhythm section of Sir Thaddeus G Pycroft (electric and double bass) and Lady Nora Noonan on drums and vocals. We've released an EP of live material, but now it's time to hit the studio for our first proper recording! It will be produced by the hugely talented, award winning music producer Jim Sutherland who has worked with people including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris, The Bhundu Boys and Eliza Carthy. He’s also created music for a wide range of films including the recent The Outlaw King and Disney/Pixar’s Brave! Our plans have had to be adapted due to the COVID 19 pandemic, with extra costs to be covered to be able to record in a way which keeps everyone safe but doesn’t compromise the end result. The decision to self release also means a lot of upfront costs. Hence this Kickstarter appeal. This is your chance to jump in early, with rewards including early access to download tracks, pre-orders of the CD and vinyl, T Shirts, exclusive tracks, exciting opportunities to see behind the scenes and meet the band, and the chance to get your name on the final product as a backer. And you won’t have to wait long, we aim to have it released around July 2021."