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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Fauxbois album features guest vocals by Lisa Simpson

Ok, so it's not Homer's animated daughter, but the addition of Finn Riggins' Lisa Simpson is a nice touch for the Boise band, Fauxbois' new album, Carry On (Spark & Shine Recs).

here's the real scoop -
Like many indie bands, Fauxbois began as a bedroom folk project.

In 2000 chief songwriter Brian Mayer was living in Brooklyn, NY and writing songs in a shotgun apartment.  He'd venture out occasionally to perform on a street corner or at a club under his moniker, Mayerforceone. When he returned to his native Boise, ID in 2001, Brian started playing Mayerforceone shows, both solo and with various line-ups.

With the songs piling up, he began recording in 2007 with Portland musicians Point Juncture, WA. They helped engineer and back Mayer on many tracks and as the recording progressed the need for a locally-based live band became evident.

Mayer recruited Caleb and Tori McKim, Scott and Kate Seward, Shaun King, and Trevor Kamplaign.

Thus, Fauxbois was born in 2009 and quickly released material on the "Boise's Rotating Tongues 2" compilation CD, alongside locals like veteran Doug Martsch (Built to Spill) and NW buzz band Finn Riggins, before signing with Spark & Shine Records.

With a solid line-up and some stage-tested tunes, Fauxbois put the finishing touches on the album that Mayer had already begun.

They completed "Carry On" with the help of Boise producer Tristan Andreas (of Fort Hazel production house) last fall and are ready to take it on the road this summer.

This record includes guest appearances from other Boise musicians and non-musicians, providing an array of background vocals and sounds.

The thirteen-track collection on Fauxbois¹ debut range from intimate acoustic tracks that recall the bands bedroom beginnings to big, buoyant indie pop songs like the anthemic title track.

The song, "Teleportation," a duet with Mayer and guest Lisa Simpson (Finn Riggins), is a high-point on an album packed full of transcendent pop moments.  "If you need that sound, then turn me on."

if you're out and about at a Built to Spill show in July, show up early for Fauxbois.

07/3/2010 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
07/4/2010 - Hotel Congress w/Mates of State, Free Energy - Tuscon, AZ
07/13/2010 - SoHo w/ BUILT TO SPILL - Santa Barbara, CA
07/15/2010 - Slim's w/ BUILT TO SPILL - San Francisco, CA
07/22/2010 - First Ave and 7th St. Entry w/ BUILT TO SPILL - Minnesota, MN
07/23/2010 -  Turner Hall w / BUILT TO SPILL - Milawuke, WI
07/25/2010 -  The Intersection w / BUILT TO SPILL - Grand Rapids, MI
07/27/2010 -  Chameleon Club w / BUILT TO SPILL - Lancaster, PA
07/28/2010 -  The Filmore NY @ Irving Plaza w / BUILT TO SPILL - New York City, NY
07/29/2010 -  Crazy Donkey w / BUILT TO SPILL - Farmingdale, NY
08/01/2010 -  Mr. Smalls w / BUILT TO SPILL - Milvale, PA
08/04/2010 -  the Wellfleet Beachcomber w / BUILT TO SPILL - Wellfleet, MA
08/06/2010 -  Stone Pony w / BUILT TO SPILL - Ashbury Park, NJ

are you still here??? then keep reading -
  • new from Drag City on July 29 is Spur's Spur of the Moment (recorded in the early 70s by the band once known as the Unknowns.
  • also out July 29 is Matthew Young's 1986 album Traveler's Advisory and a book from Bill Callahan called Letters from Emma Bowlcut
  • in August, Drag City is promising new/reissue stuff from Royal Trux and Neil Hamburger
  • they're also passing on word that Dawn and Nils from Faun Fables have welcomed a baby girl to the family. Ura is their second daughter.

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