Since forming in 2001, New Jersey band Fairmont (guitarist/vocalist Neil Sabatino, guitarist/vocalist Kevin Metz, drummer Andy Applegate and bassist John "Hambone" Mcguire) has already recorded two full-length records, four EPs and toured the U.S. three times. During that time the band has won over fans across the country and shared the bill with artists including Nada Surf, Ted Leo and Val Emmich.
Fairmont evolved out of Eyeball Records band Pencey Prep, a group whose label was made famous by fellow New Jersey rockers, Thursday. As Pencey Prep, the band played shows with the Strokes, Thursday and Nada Surf as well as performed to 4,000 people at NJ's Surf & Skate Fest. After disbanding, one of the members of Pencey Prep went on to join Reprise/Warner Bros recording artist My Chemical Romance.
Fairmont's sound is dark pop, combining engaging melodies with biting lyrics reminiscent of groups including Pavement, the Pixies, the Shins and the Replacements.
Originally a solo acoustic project, Fairmont was signed by Reinforcement Records before a full band had even been organized. Once assembled, in 2001 the group released their first full-length CD, Pretending Greatness Is Awaiting, containing a clever combination of half acoustic and half electric tracks. Anomie, Fairmont's second full-length in 2003, was hailed by BlowUpRadio.com as a "masterpiece." The band's forthcoming CD, Hell Is Other People, will be released as a joint effort between Reinforcement and Renfield Records.
Hell is Other People is Fairmont's most bold effort to date. With more depth than a traditional pop record, Hell Is Other People is a concept album loosely based on Jean Paul Sartre's play, No Exit. Both the record and the play deal with the cruelty of people toward one another and the inability to escape this basic human trend, even when presented with an opportunity to leave. The album takes the listener through the narrator's battle between a person he loves ("Your Fan From Far Away") and a person he hates ("The Monster You've Become"), as well as his own self-loathing and disappointment ("Don't Give Up The Ship"). By album's end, the narrator is still incapable of escaping his own hell, much like the characters in Sartre's play.
Fairmont plans on taking their "tales of bitterness" on the road, with tour dates to support the new album beginning in February.
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