Faerground Accidents definitely have the X factor.
The true meaning of X factor, that is, rather than the mainstream TV talent show.
The Sheffield band – formed in spring 2012 – fuse post punk melodies, cross-dressing, kitchen sink wit and sweaty grunge-like performances.
This is all embodied in frontman Bomar Faery.
There is a hint of the ethereal tramp about Faery – strangely beautiful and enchanting with more grit than a tub of Swarfega.
Faerground Accidents make for a heady mix of otherworldliness and northern brash – psychotic pop as they refer to themselves.
Indeed, it is no surprise that the band are the city’s Pied Pipers of post punk, amassing a cult following across the country with huge support from the likes of John Robb and BBC 6 Music.
Bomar says: “It's great having John Robb on board because I've always admired him.
“I think a lot of people have a lot of respect for him.”
It is fitting then, that Robb will be playing a special DJ set at The Washington, on Fitzwilliam Street in the city centre, next week to support the release of Faerground’s double A-side single We Hate the Same Things /Back in Town.
Bomar says: “It’s about the bonds that can come about through a mutual loathing of things.
“Back In Town is a kind of lost love song but where the lust’s still there, that awkward post-break-up phase where they are still in your dirty thoughts.
“I like writing songs that tell stories, but stories about the times that aren't necessarily the most glamorous.
“I wanted to write some catchy pop songs about things going wrong and make them really loud.
“I want to make music to dance to and to cry to.”
Faerground Accidents definitely had an impact on Robb.
He described the band’s songs as ‘acidic and grand songs laced with arsenic lyrical wit and melodies full of grandeur’.
He has also described Faery as ‘borderline psychotic and quite definitely genius’.
The single launch party takes place at The Washington on Monday, from 8pm. The party is also due to include DJ sets from John Robb, Jamie Headcharge and Zowie.