Call them Indie Folk, Americana, Roots, whatever...
The Washover Fans aren’t ones to jump on trends. They’re more comfortable aligning themselves with tradition and the time-honored crafts of musicianship and songwriting.
Embraced by Seattle’s vibrant independent music scene, the Fans’ sound recalls the woods of the Pacific Northwest by way of Appalachia and Topanga Canyon. From sweet and sorrowful ballads to moving country shuffles and many notable stops in between, the Fans’ sound has been compared to Gillian Welch, the Avett Brothers, and Whiskeytown.
The core of The Washover Fans is made up of Seattle-based musicians David Smith, Gillian Tart, Colin Isler and Seth Hayden. A “typical” set involves a mix of creatively arranged covers and sympatico original material drawing from Americana and other rootsy traditions. The band passes around acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, cellos, percussion, harmonicas and more as David, Colin and Gillian deliver lush three-part harmonies and take turns at lead vocals. The addition of multi-instrumentalist Michael Connolly (Coyote Grace) - when the Fans can snag him in between national tours - rounds out the sound with the addition of the stand-up bass, fiddle, accordion, dobro and the occasional fourth voice.
The band released their first full length album, “That Habit Suits You,” in April of 2011. Engineered and co-produced with Steven Aguilar (David Bazaan, The Head and The Heart) at Bearhead Studio, the album received immediate praise among acoustic music enthusiasts and was featured as an Editor’s Pick on CD Baby.
A truly live album (no overdubs) came in the Winter of 2012 and showcases the band’s polished live sound. “Live at Empty Sea,” mixes Fans’ originals with re-imagined covers like Jackson Browne’s “These Days” and Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.”
Winter of 2013 has been spent writing and arranging new material for a third album. After years of playing and writing together, songs and arrangements are coming easier and are covering more ground thematically - from the environmental effects of fracking to murder by train. As the songs get deeper and the stages get bigger, the four (or five) old friends continue to stay true to themselves and chase their collective group muse.