Like any band, and any other side project, French Style Furs came about through a unique combination of fate, artistic vision and the spontaneity of the friendship between Nathan Willett, Matt Maust and Nathan Warkentin. The project can trace it’s beginnings to when members of Cold War Kids and We Barbarians would routinely meet up while in NYC. 

Interestingly Maust and Warkentin began recording drum and bass tracks during the winter of 13 when Willett showed up with a large book of poems written by a 20th century monk, Thomas Merton. The idea was that the new band would use Merton’s poetry as the basis of the album’s song lyrics, thanks in part to Merton’s concerns on social justice, pacifism and Eastern religion, and it gives the material a wild and very necessary urgency – and in some way it bears a resemblance to the work of the Beatniks… 

“Solitary Life” is the latest single from the trio’s forthcoming Is Exotic Bait, and although some have mentioned that the song bears a resemblance to David Byrne and the Talking Heads, thanks to it’s angular bass and guitar lines, it’s percussiveness and it’s somewhat neurotic, anxious feel; however, the use of horns and the backing vocals give the song a strangely psychedelic sense – and by psychedelic, I mean Dark Side of the Moon psychedelia.