London born and Kent based singer songwriter Rob Spiers started the project Fate the Juggler nine years ago. Playing festivals alongside the likes of Squeeze and the Proclaimers and supporting
Oysterband and Cara Dillion.
Two albums, three EPs and a Live CD/DVD later the band have gone from strength to strength.
The band have just finished making their new album The Story So Far....Part 1
which consist's of re-working old songs, new versions from the 2018 special edition EP
The Wonder Of It All plus brand news songs.
The line up completely changed in 2018 and the songs have taken on a heavier indie/rock feel and are
sounding better than ever.
All the best bands have a period of hiatus and Fate The Juggler have been through a period of significant transformation, however this journey has had a seriously happy ending as the new band line up is a huge step forward. I have loved Rob Spiers song writing delivered through Fate The Juggler for many years; the previous line up was great but this listener believes the new one is better.
Bringing in the highly talented Bradley Jacobs on keyboards has added a new dimension to Spiers songs whether they be reworked classics like 'Shadow's Falling' or new works like 'The Wonder of it All'. Don Judges has brought a highly professional level of guitar into the band, sympathetic and reserved at times, rocking out at others whilst the back line of Mark Ellis and Kirk Mann create a solid foundation for each work.
It is Rob Spiers though that is the glue that holds everything together; a genial driving force and one heck of a song writer - the new version of 'The Time, The Place' is one of the best songs I have heard in decades. As I have said before, 'foist this little gem of Kent on the world' - it may be a slightly different gem now but it shines ever brighter!!'
Simon Goodale. Heard and Seen
If you’re always on the lookout for vintage melodically soft Rock n’ Roll servings of aural nostalgia,
look no further than the comforting tonality found within Fate the Juggler’s single “Looking for America”.
“Looking for America” is just one of the tracks on the Maidstone,
Kent-based artist’s latest album “The Story So Far… Part 1”.
Their story-weaving soundscapes are incredibly efficacious when it comes to
throwing you into an era where Indie offered authenticity, rhythm, and potent servings of catharsis.
Any fans of The Doors, Hendrix and The Rolling Stones are sure to appreciate
the bluesy stylised melodicism offered by Fate the Juggler.
You can check out Fate the Juggler’s latest single Looking for America for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast A&R / Factory
The new line up is better than the original
This band has an edge, a bite and describes itself as indie rock.
In fact , at the beginning of "Shadows falling" I thought that Judges was going to launch into a hendrix riff.
Spiers's songs are as strong as ever but I'd like to think that this was the sound he had in his head when he founded the band.
I think that Fate the Juggler have a bright future ahead of them again.
Dai Jeffries RNR Magazine