The band name is not unlike an illiterate person attempting to sound out the words he wants to spell. The thing of it is that thought is not terribly far off from the truth; you see, it takes its inspiration from the novel Feersum Enndjin from author Iain M. Banks. It is a science fiction story set in a future where ancients have left the Earth and those who remain are complacent and surrounded by technology they don't understand. One of the characters is written in phonetic English, leading to odd spellings such as the band's name. What influence this has on the music, I am not sure, but it is an interesting basis for the band name (I may need to check out that book).
Feersum Ennjin is poised to release their debut full length CD on November 22, 2011. They previously released an EP back in 2005. Most of the songs that appeared there seem to have been rerecorded for this new album. This is a new release date as the self-titled release was pushed back so that another song could be added. The song is called "The Fourth" and, unfortunately, it is not included on this pre-release version I have. It is a notable addition as it features the reunion of former Tool bassist, Paul D'mour (Who left following the 1995 album Ænema), and Tool drummer Danny Carrey. It is the first time they have performed together since D'mour's amicable departure.
Despite not having that tune to check out, I have to say that Feersum Ennjin's album is a pretty solid dose of synth flavored rock. Before I even realized that D'mour was a former Tool member, I was thinking that this had a bit of a Tool feel to it. It is not like this is just Tool under a different name; it just has that feel to it, as if Tool took a more straight forward approach to the music. In some ways I like this more than Tool. I do love Undertow and parts of most of their other albums, but a lot of their output felt self indulgent and boring. I also recognize I am likely in the minority that believe that, so be it. They have a lot of talent; it just may not be for me.