A Fine Day for Sailing are an indiepop band from London, UK.
Matt and Jen started the band in Exeter a few years ago, with Matt making three albums (Honeylands, My Baby Loves Pop Music and Sand Box) under the name A Fine Day for Sailing before relocating to London in late 2010 and putting the current band together.
Since then we’ve grown in numbers and have released a 7″ (Ballad of The Bedsit b/w Village Idiot) on Dufflecoat Records. A further single on Vollwert Records (Little Places b/w Me & The Girl) will be released 30th May 2012, and we’re currently working on our new album.
Here’s your guide to who’s who:
Caroline – Violin/Vocals/Fun Stuff
Likes: Jane Eyre, The Smiths, Dead Poets Society and newspapers.
Dislikes: Peas and cream.
Favourite Beach Boys song: God Only Knows.
Dream stage name: Heidi Superhero.
Dan – Drums
Likes: Trade unionism, vegetarian food, Torquay United Football Club.
Dislikes: Elastica, waiting for trains, austerity.
Favourite Beach Boys Song: Do It Again.
Dream Stage Name: Privet Binoculars.
Jen – Guitar/Vocals
Likes: Carl Wilson, Carson McCullers, Kathleen Hanna
Dislikes: Michael Booblay.
Favourite Beach Boys song: The Trader/’Til I Die/Please Let Me Wonder
Dream Stage name: Justine Handlebar.
Other Bands: Lost & Found
Matthew Stead – Guitar/Vocals
Likes: Dancing like nobody’s watching, William Saroyan, Larry David, being a librarian, button badges, Brian Wilson, the Likely Lads.
Dislikes: The Coalition, faux vegetarians, mayonnaise.
Favourite Beach Boys song: Surf’s Up (Smile demo version aka Leonard Bernstein version), Kiss Me Baby, Good Vibrations, God Only Knows, Wild Honey (sorry – had to give my top 5).
Dream Stage name: Arturo Bandini.
Other Bands: Banana & Louie, Lost & Found, The Fireworks.
Sharon – Keyboards/Vocals
Likes:knitting, harmonies, cider, sausage dogs and adventures.
Dislikes: Smoking, idiots, autotune.
Favourite Beach Boys song: ‘Til I Die.
Dream Stage Name: Shaz Razzamatazz
Other Bands: Banana & Louie
Thom – Bass/Guitar/Vocals.
Likes:Cigars, Jazz, freshly ironed white shirts.
Dislikes:Dislikes: Tomatoes, Abba, Tories.
Favourite Beach Boys Song: The usual favourites, and also Here She Comes.
Dream Stage Name: Reverend JizzJazz.
Other Bands: The Horses of Instruction.