Richmond Fontaine
 
 
RICHMOND FONTAINE "We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River"
"$87 And A Guilty Conscience that Gets Worse the Longer I Go"
"Thirteen Cities" Irish Release FEBRUARY 9th
 
 
 
 
 
RICHMOND FONTAINE
"We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River"
Irish Release August 21st on DÉCOR RECORDS
www.willyvlautin.com ~ www.richmondfontaine.com

::: LIVE ::: Irish Tour 2009
October 15 Cork - Cyprus Avenue
October 17 Dublin - Sugar Club
October 18 Kilkenny - Cleeres
October 19 Belfast - The Empire

>>> For Information / Interview requests / Promotional Copies contact Berube Communications:
Stevo Berube on info@berubecommunications.com or phone 0872442695 <<<

We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River will be released on Décor Records (American Music Club, Franz Nicolay) August 17, 2009 . We Used to Think…, Richmond Fontaine’s eighth studio album finds the band at their peak both artistically and commercially. The Independent recently called singer/songwriter Willy Vlautin “the Dylan of the dislocated” and the band has been a firm critics favourite since the release of Post to Wire in 2004 and were given two albums of the month from UNCUT in 04 and 05.. Fontaine’s sound has continued its decade-long evolution and is now fully realized on We Used to Think… Featuring epic songs like “Lonnie“ and “Two Alone” and beautiful folk tunes like “Ruby And Lou” and “The Pull”, the new album delivers Vlautin’s classic storytelling backed by Fontaine’s most interesting and accomplished musical performance to date.

The birth of We Used To Think… began at the tail end of a year-long tour in 2007 supporting Thirteen Cities. Singer/songwriter Willy Vlautin’s mother died suddenly, two days before Vlautin was scheduled to return home. This prompted the road-weary band to take a year’s sabbatical. Holed up at his home in rural Oregon, Vlautin reflected on family, relationships, and love and began writing songs. Two months into a writing streak, he was bucked off his horse and forced to spend months nursing a badly broken arm. Finally able to get back to writing, Vlautin retreated to his writing shed and emerged a year later with a new novel (Lean on Pete, release date Feb 2010, Faber & Faber) and twenty songs about love, heartache, and loss.

After arranging and rehearsing the songs that would become We Used To Think…, the band decided to stay close to home and record with old friends Larry Crane and JD Foster (Dwight Yokam, Calexico) at Crane’s Jackpot Studios (The Go-Betweens, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, The Shins) in Portland.

The core of the band remains Willy Vlautin (guitars, vocals), Sean Oldham (drums, vocals), Dave Harding (bass), and Dan Eccles (guitars). For the session, Fontaine also brought in family members and friends, Collin Oldham (cello, cellomobo), Paul Brainard (pedal steel, trumpet), and Ralph Huntley (piano).

Willy will be playing a set at the Latitude Festival on July 19th and the full band will be heading out on a full UK & Ireland tour in September with a stops at the End of the Road Festival (UK) and The Electric Picnic (Ireland). The album will be preceded by the limited 7” single “You Can Move Back Here” out July 20th released on Trash Aesthetics and will feature a short story written by Willy inside the silkscreen cover.

Willy Vlautin has released two novels to great acclaim, The Motel Life and Northline on Faber & Faber. Movie rights to both novels have been optioned. Oscar-nominated screenwriter and award-winning director Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is adapting and directing Northline.

Here is Willy’s rough guide to the tracklisting of "We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River":

1) We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River – Living next to an abandoned house, the romance and cost of a young couple getting their first place in a rough neighborhood.

2) Northwest – Instrumental featuring JD and Dan

3) You Can Move Back Here – Getting a call from an old pal drowning in a city.

4) The Boyfriends – A mom’s series of boyfriends and the kid who has to endure them, featuring trumpet by Mr. Paul Brainard.

5) The Pull – The anxiety and struggle of trying to stay sober.

6) Sitting Outside My Dad’s Old House – Instrumental featuring Collin Oldham’s cellomobo and radio trowel.

7) Maybe We Were Both Born Blue – A high school romance and a neighbor who ruins both of them

8) Watch Out – Instrumental for the most part except some “Watch outs” by me and Kendra.

9) 43 – buried in debt, working at a paint store, and a basement full of weed.

10) Lonnie – Running into your friend’s aunt at a grocery store and listening to her rant about the horrible things he’s done.

11) Ruby and Lou – A romance and a couple believing there's a place where the darkness doesn’t exist.

12) Walking Back To Our Place At 3AM – Instrumental. A couple walking back to their apartment after a good night at the bar.

13) Two Alone – Moving to a new town, working as forklift driver, living with your pregnant girlfriend who loves credit cards and doesn’t have a job.

14) A Letter To The Patron Saint Of Nurses – A nurse having a nervous breakdown while drinking wine coolers and listening to Mariachi music.

Recent Press Quotes:

Thirteen Cities: “Quite simply, Vlautin’s one of the most compelling songwriters working today, compared equally to great American novelists llike Raymond Carver or John Steinbeck and musicians such as Bruce Springsteen or Tom Waits” The Sun

“Heartbreakingly great” 7/10 NME

"Nothing less than the Dylan of the Dislocated” Independent 5/5, UNCUT 4/5 and 4/5 Mojo

The Fitzgerland:“..is mind-blowing…absolute perfection”, UNCUT’s “Album of the Month” 5/5

“the most beautiful sad album of the year” Q Magazine 4/5 stars , “downbeat masterpiece…bleak but brilliant” 5/5 The SUN and 4/5 MOJO

Post To Wire: “Uncut’s discovery of the year….Fans of a certain kind of orphaned Americana are likely to fall on Post To Wire like apostles on The Grail….soon be entirely enthralled with this dark and mesmerising masterpiece” UNCUT ALBUM OF THE MONTH 5/5 (listed as the 4th best album of 2004) “Without a doubt, the best album of the decade” Comes With A Smile, ”the seasons must have Americana purchase. 4/5 MOJO

 
 
 
 
RICHMOND FONTAINE'S Willy Vlautin With Paul Brainard
www.richmondfontaine.com ~ www.myspace.com/richmondfontaine

ACOUSTIC / NORTHLINE TOUR - Irish Dates:
April 25 -- Dublin - Whelans (Upstairs)
April 26 -- Belfast - McHughs
April 27 -- Limerick - Dolans (Upstairs)
April 28 -- Cork - Cyprus Ave
April 29 -- Galway - The Crane
Willy Vlautin returns for his first acoustic headline set covering songs from his entire career. He will be supporting his new novel on Faber & Faber, NORTHLINE, which comes with it’s own soundtrack joined by his pedal steel and trumpet player, Paul Brainard (also of the Sadies) the shows will be a full set of music with a short spoken word segment.
UNCUT label the bands the new "Kings of Americana" and has awarded them two albums of the month and placed “Post to Wire” as the 4th best album of 2004.
Their last album and ep features performances from Joey Burns (Calexico) Howe Gelb (Giant Sand/Sno Angel), and Jacob Valenzula (Calexico).

Since arriving on Irish shores for the first time in 2004 as part of the Kilkenny Roots Festival, Richmond Fontaine have been leading the Alt-country Americana scene and just were awareded the best album and act by Americana UK for 2007 last month. They have put out a total of seven albums since forming in 1994 out of Portland Oregon. Richmond Fontaine have built themselves up from an SST cowpunk inspired band to a diverse and, at times, amazing live act leading them to be labelled the “Kings of Americana”. They have been compared to the likes of the Replacements, Blasters, Wilco and Ryan Adams. There last release “Thirteen Cities” sees the band evovling into one of the most interesting and intense leaders of literate rock from which the likes of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits have paved the way.

February saw the release of Willy Vlautin’s second novel, Northline, for Faber & Faber which has also gathered huge praise and it is the first time that an author has included his own original soundtrack to go along with the book which has already gathered 4 and 5 star reviews from Mojo and UNCUT

The bands last albums “The Fitzgerald” (2005) and the alt country classic “Post To Wire” (2004) both of which have been declared modern-day masterpieces and garnerd “albums of the month” with 5 stars in UNCUT who declared them the best new band in the world during 2005. Thirteen Cities has already received 4 star reviews in UNCUT and Mojo comparing Vlautin’s writing again to Waits and Springsteen.

"Vlautin's sharply distilled stories and disconnected melodies are a haunting soundtrack for a lost generation." Joe Breen, IRISH TIMES

"For all those still travelling Springsteen’s Thunder Road, Richmond Fontaine are the new drivers” **** Jamie Bowman, (THE) WORD

“nothing less than the Dylan of the dislocated” **** Simmy Richman, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

7/10 NME, MOJO 4/5, UNCUT 5/5

"A future classic of American down-beat prose." Dazed & Confused

“...cheerless black, the colour of a world in mourning, for which Post To Wire is an exquisite soundtrack. Uncut’s discovery of the year….Fans of a certain kind of orphaned Americana are likely to fall on Post To Wire like apostles on The Grail. By which I mean anyone who’s been touched where it hurts by American Music Club, The Replacements, Uncle Tupelo, Ryan Adams, Dave Alvin or Gram Parsons will soon be entirely enthralled with this dark and mesmerizing masterpiece Brilliant.” ***** Uncut - Album of the Month

“Without a doubt, the best album of the decade so far” COMES WITH A SMILE

"Vlautin's one of the most compelling songwriters working today, compared equally to great American novelists like Raymond Carver or John Steinbeck and musicians such as Bruce Springsteen or Tom Waits" 4.5/5 THE SUN

“Importantly Richmond Fontaine’s America is not a mythic or exagerrated one. They capture the bleak mundanity of small-town life, and turn it into unforgiving art” **** THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

“A brave departure for those who can find its dusty and desolate charms” THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“The most beautiful sad album of the year” Q Magazine 4/5

“A worthy companion, to Springsteen’s recent songbook.” THE OBSERVER

 
 
 
 
Richmond Fontaine
"$87 And A Guilty Conscience that Gets Worse the Longer I Go"
Limited edition new EP/CDRROM/Mini album + vinyl and tour
Out Friday Oct 5th on Décor Records ~ Distributed by RMG-Chart
::: RICHMOND FONTAINE - Upcoming Irish dates :::

Oct 5 - Cork – Cyprus Ave

Oct 6 - Dublin – The Village

For Information / Interview requests / Promotional Copies contact Stevo Berube - Berube Communications on info@berubecommunications.com or phone 0872442695

Richmond Fontaine are set to release their first limited edition ep/mini album on Friday Oct 5th in the UK and Ireland which features two CD-Rom tracks with the making of “A Ghost I Became” and a promo video of “El Tiradito”. It will be limited to 2000 in a digi pack. The title track “$87 and A Guilty Conscience that Gets Worse the Longer I go” is another tale of a hapless drifter seeing violence and sadness at every turn, written by lead singer and songwriter Willy Vlautin, it also features Howe Gelb on paino. “$87 and a …” is taken from the bands desert soaked masterpiece “Thirteen Cities”. “Thirteen Cities” cemented the bands place across Europe as the leading literate rock group with 4 and 5 star reviews everywhere.

“Heartbreakingly great” 7/10 NME

“Uncut favourites marry rich desert twang to melancholy tales” **** Uncut

“Some of the most emotionally sincere music around - aches beautifully with failure” The Observer

“Wiily Vlautin distinguishes himself more and more as a master storyteller with every passing release” The Times

“Match the depth of their songwriting with tough-sweet arrangements - Heart of America calling out around the world” **** Mojo

"When it comes to narrative in pop music, I know of no finer exponent now working than Willy Vlautin” **** Mail On Sunday

“Vlautin is nothing less than the Dylan of the dislocated” ****The Independent On Sunday

“For all those travelling Springsteen’s Thunder Road, Richmond Fontaine are the new drivers” (The) Word

“Quite simply, Vlautin’s one of the most compelling songwriters working today, compared equally to great American novelists llike Raymond Carver or John Steinbeck and musicians such as Bruce Springsteen or Tom Waits” The Sun

Many of the other tracks came from the same sessions as “Thirteen Cities” including the beautiful instrumental/remixed verson of “The Kid from Belmont Street” which sees even more of Jacob Valenzuela’s lovely trumpet work alongside Paul Brainard’s pedal steel. “The Gits” is a masterly constructed tune and tale of a true unsolved murder of the lead singer of the band from Seattle whom members of the band were fans of. The cd finishes with an instrumental re working of “$87 and a…”

There will also be a limited 7” featuring four tracks of this which will be packaged together with the limited run of 1000 180gram vinyl of "Thirteen Cities”. The new year see’s Willy Vlautin continue his busy schedule with the release of his second novel for Faber & Faber intitled “Northline” and has joined the lecture/reading circuit across the globe with his last book “The Motel Life” being published in seven languages.

Tracks

1.$87dollars and A Guilty Conscience that Gets Worse the Longer I Go”
2. Song For James Welch
3.Kid From Belmont St Ends up on Colfax Ave. Denver. Co
4. The Water Wars
5. Moving Back Home #1
6.The Gits
7.Wilson Dunlop
8.$87 and a Week with A Girl Named Bonnie Sparks
9.El Tiradito – promo video (CD Rom)
10. A Ghost I Became – making of video (CD Rom)

The band will be appearing at the following venues followed by a European tour

Oct 5 - Cork – Cyprus Ave €15 adv Tel 021 427 6158
Oct 6 - Dublin – The Village €20 adv Tel 01890-2000 78
Oct 7 - Darvel – Festival (near Glasgow) £15 adv www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Oct 8 - Leeds - The New Roscoe £10 adv Tel 0113-246-0778
Oct 9 - Nottingham – The Rescue Rooms £12adv Tel 0115-958-8484
Oct 10 - Manchester – Academy 3 £12 adv 0871-424-4444
Oct 11 - London – The Luminiare American Music Festival £15adv Tel 0207-372-7123
Oct 12 - London – The Luminiare American Music Festival £15 adv Tel 0207-372-7123
Oct 13 – Bedford - Esquires £12 adv Tel 07818 493 053
Oct 14 - Exeter – The Phoenix £12 adv Tel 01392-667-080
Oct 15 - Bristol – St Bonaventures £12 adv Tel 08700-600-100

 
 
 
 
Richmond Fontaine
"Thirteen Cities"
Irish Release FEBRUARY 9th
Décor Records ~ Distributed by RMG-Chart
  • 7th studio album from "Kings of Americana" Richmond Fontaine
  • produced by JD Foster (Calexico, Richard Buckner, Laura Cantrell, Green on Red)
  • features performances from Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Joey Burns (Calexico) and Jacob Valenzula (Calexico)

    ::: LIVE in IRELAND 2007 :::
    Feb 16 Dublin - Whelans - www.whelanslive.com
    Feb 17 Cork - Cyprus Avenue - www.cyprusavenue.ie
    Feb 18 Galway - Roisin Dubh - www.roisindubh.net
 

>>> For Interview requests contact Berube Communications on info@berubecommunications.com or phone 01 476-3603 / 0872442695 <<<

Thirteen Cities is Richmond Fontaine’s seventh and most recent studio recording for Décor Records. This album sees the band leave their native Portland, Oregon, for the dry desert climate of Tucson, Arizona to produce and record at the Wavelab Studios. Calexico, Giant Sand (who both feature on the album), Neko Case, Steve Wynn, and The Sadies have all recorded there; their inspirations and the soul of the South West of America are found throughout the album.

Thirteen Cities follows on from the sparse, stripped down, “The Fitzgerald” (2005) and the alt country classic “Post To Wire” (2004) both of which have been declared modern-day masterpieces.

Thirteen Cities is an album about drifting through the west and in all its songs its characters weave aimlessly in and out of these cities: Laredo, Yuma, Spokane, Stockton etc. The hapless drifters go from town to town, trying to find a place to escape to, but they rarely do and their past usually catches up with them, leaving them in these ordinary cities. The album will feature a map so you can follow their journeys.

The album was produced once again by JD Foster (Calexico, Richard Buckner, Laura Cantrell), who was at the helm for the last two albums. Working with Foster and the Wavelab studios the band were finally able to get everything in place to realize their vision of a perfect album. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Brainard again steps in for pedal steel and piano and the core line up of Willy Vlautin (guitars, vocals), Sean Oldham (drums, vocals), Dave Harding (Bass) and Dan Eccles (guitars) remains.


While retaining Willy’s ‘dark side of the track’ lyrics and exploring the blurred edges of society, the music has evolved sonically and has added a diverse array of instrumentation and arrangements. Joey Burn’s accordions on the stirringly beautiful instrumental “El Tiradito”, a Calexico horn section on the opener “Moving Back Home # 2”, organs, mandolins glockenspiel, pedal steel, dobro and vibes feature across the album. From the sparse Dylanesque of “I Fell Into Painting Houses…” to the climaxing theatrical rocker of “Four Walls” make Thirteen Cities the bands most ambitious yet focused album to date. Like a soundtrack the varied musical settings accompany the characters within it.

Vlautin’s literate lyrical style landed him a publishing deal last year with Faber & Faber which saw the publication of his first novel “The Motel Life” - already on its second print run. 2007 sees “The Motel Life” being published in Australia, France, Holland, Germany and Spain.

Formed in 1994 in Portland Oregon, Richmond Fontaine have built themselves up from an SST cowpunk inspired band to a diverse and, at times, amazing live act leading them to be labelled the “Kings of Americana”. Thirteen Cities sees the band evovling into one of the most interesting and intense leaders of literate rock from which the likes of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits have paved the way.

Richmond Fontaine - Post To Wire (2004):

“...cheerless black, the colour of a world in mourning, for which Post To Wire is an exquisite soundtrack. Uncut’s discovery of the year….Fans of a certain kind of orphaned Americana are likely to fall on Post To Wire like apostles on The Grail. By which I mean anyone who’s been touched where it hurts by American Music Club, The Replacements, Uncle Tupelo, Ryan Adams, Dave Alvin or Gram Parsons will soon be entirely enthralled with this dark and mesmerising masterpieceBrilliant.” ***** Uncut - Album of the Month

“A dynamic study of the American underbelly, it puts Vlautin’s songwriting on a par with that of his heroes, Jay Farrar and Paul Westerberg." ***** The Independent

“...The characters become your neighbours and the tunes as familiar as friends, making Post to Wire a fabulous addition to the all-too-slim canon of passionate, literary rock'n'roll.” ****The Guardian

“Heroic pedal-steel Springsteen pop from the Pacific Northwest - this season’s must have Americana purchase.” Mojo

“Those of you alienated by the roisterous flash of Ryan Adams should hitch your horses to Richmond Fontaine’s post right now.” Time Out

“These songs are succinct, poetic dispatches from America’s desolate Mid West, full of potent cinematic imagery and equally cinematic characters. Splendid’. **** METRO

“Without a doubt, the best album of the decade so far” COMES WITH A SMILE

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Richmond Fontaine - The Fitzgerald (2005):

“Musically, the album takes the by-now classic Richmond Fontaine musical template and pretty much eviscerates it, stripping the sound down to its raw essentials. Another songwriting triumph…mindblowing, absolute perfection” ***** UNCUT – Album of the Month

“Desperately sad, wonderfully evocative…downbeat masterpiece” ***** THE SUN

“Frontman-writer Willy Vlautin has a thing right now about hostelries: first his soon-published novel, The Motel Life, and now this albm, written during a month spent in an old casino-hotel. A cheerful place: they lyrics ar about death, insanity, alchoholism, abuse, and the melodies are slow, mournful or mournfully slow. The songs are beautifully sung and played” **** MOJO

“Importantly Richmond Fontaine’s America is not a mythic or exagerrated one. They capture the bleak mundanity of small-town life, and turn it into unforgiving art” **** THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

“A brave departure for those who can find its dusty and desolate charms” THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“Compelling collection of dark character sketches” MAVERICK

“The most beautiful sad album of the year” Q Magazine 4/5

“A worthy companion, to Springsteen’s recent songbook.” THE OBSERVER

“A stone cold masterpiece” COMES WITH A SMILE

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Richmond Fontaine

Full UK / Irish dates below:

February 2007

10th Sat - Bedford - Esquires
11th Sun - Winchester - The Railway
13th Tues - London - Dingwalls
14th Wed - Bristol - St Bonaventures
15th Thurs - Leciester - The Musician
16th Fri. 6 - Dublin - Whelans
17th Sat. 7 - Cork - Cyprus Ave
18th Sun - Galway - Roisin Dubh
20th Tues - Manchester - Academy 3
21st Wed - Leeds - New Roscoe
22nd Thurs - Glasgow - BC2
23rd Fri - Newcastle - Cluny
24th Sat - Nottingham - Maze
25th Sun - Norwich - Arts Centre

 
 

 

 
     
 
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