The Fairchilds is a rock band spearheaded by the French singer/songwriter, Cyril Niccolai. Cyril persuaded cutting edge British producer Jim Lowe to embark on The Fairchilds journey even before landing a record deal.
The result is a provoking sonic revelation that warrants a firsthand experience.
The first single, “Unbreakable”, is a poignant commentary on the pursuit of one’s dreams against the odds. “The song came very quickly and it captured the emotions perfectly. I remember that Jim Lowe [the producer of the album] loved the song right away and told me we had something special. It is a dedication to everyone who is going through a tough phase and the message is ‘Hang in there, don’t lose hope’. It’s a very intense song when played live, but always creates such a wonderful feeling.”
This perpetual need to challenge himself is deep-rooted. The son of successful doctors, Niccolai traded the stability and predictability of a career in medicine for the bohemian lifestyle of a singer and songwriter. Unbeknownst to his parents, he auditioned for the role of the poet Gringoire in the smash French musical Notre Dame de Paris. Notwithstanding his lack of experience, he landed the role and summoned the courage to tell his parents of his career change. The news was not well received but his performance at the premiere left them no doubts about his potential in his new career.
Our Revolution, his musical vision for The Fairchilds combines bold, winning melodies with a broad perspective of the world and an unerring sense of uplift. That was buoyed by cutting edge British producer Jim Lowe, who has also worked with Stereophonics, Herbie Hancock and Foo Fighters. And justice, hope and promise are recurring themes.
“High”, a song about the rush of feelings from the discovery of a new love, the sting of heartbreak or the like, is underpinned by the theme of hope. That emotional torrent is channeled in a soaring guitar coda that kicks the tune up from ballad to rocker. Across the debut, Niccolai delivers his thoughts, beliefs, hopes, dreams and observances with an articulate heartfelt spin of life and The World as he sees it. He offers, “Even when the songs are dark, I always try to give to the songs a positive side. I know that the world is in turmoil. The newspapers and television relentlessly remind me of this. But my main goal is to distract people from their problems and my music therefore has to be optimistic.”
But the irony of human nature and its propensity for self-interest is not lost on Niccolai, as evinced by “Our Revolution”, the title track. Rather than being an incitement to revolution as the title may suggest, it is a sly musical satire on a person’s clichéd perception of revolution, the self-serving objectives sought and how – without passion and determination – he is back to status quo.
In pursuit of his lifelong dream, Niccolai has relocated to the United States for the release of Our Revolution and is presently planning a series of solo appearances live and on radio to introduce him to the land where rock began. He is also releasing a second single, “High”, featuring rock guitarist sensation Orianthi and re-mixed by renowned producer Mark Endert, who has also worked with Maroon 5, Rihanna and Madonna.
The album "Our Revolution" and the singles are available on iTunes, Amazon and all the legal platforms.