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Fondly III

by Fondly

With their first album since their major label debut in 1997, Fondly brings you a new dose of the indie, DIY rock pop mix that brought them acclaim in their hometown of Chicago. Psychedelia, angular guitars, Tall Dwarves, and. . .well. . .Pavement.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Beauty (Hills)
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2. Forever for Life
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3. Bait Me
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4. Empire
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5. Too Long On the Vine
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6. The Wrong People
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7. Escaping the Barbeque
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8. No Mosh Pits in Marin
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9. Ready or Not
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10. Going Onn
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11. Sticky Fingers Petting Zoo
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12. If I’m Not Lying
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13. I'm Doing Something
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14. Lie Around Til Later
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Album Notes
Fifteen years after their major label one-off, Fondly realized, as shared on their album cover, that "there is more to explore." Our main characters Brian Burkhard and Andy Grzenia, who both hail from Chicago, have now arrived in California. Finding the interlude since their last recording project way too long, they came back together - picking up the experimental spirit that guided their earlier works. Using Dropbox, they began sharing sketches and snippets of musical work in Spring 2012. Over the summer, they continued to bounce recorded sessions between their home studios, adding and subtracting along the way. Aside from guest appearances from Paul Vakselis (guitar on The Wrong People, bass and guitar on Escaping the Barbeque) and Jason Vizza (bass on Sticky Fingers Petting Zoo), all tracks were recorded by the founding Fondly members, Brian and Andy. The result is a pleasant blend of abstract lyrics, psychedelic interludes, Krautrock meditations and poppy melodies all with a gentle indie Chicago edge that they just can't resist.


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Forever for Fondly
I happened to be living in Chicago circa 1995 during Fondly's heyday and caught them live numerous times. Their debut album was a minor indie rock masterpiece that frankly bested all the other bands of that era. After recording a very solid follow-up album on a major label, the band disappeared from the radar. Now here we are over 15 years later. Much like a cold case that finally gets solved with DNA science not available at the time, Fondly has resurfaced via new technology allowing founding members Andy Grzenia and Brian Burkhard to communicate musically from separate headquarters. The pieces finally fit. While most reunion albums are an abomination of nostalgia and dry wells, these guys sound energized and unencumbered by hindsight. All the hallmarks of classic Fondly are in evidence - the obvious psychedelic touches, krautrock flourishes and indie rawness. But even their willfully weird space rock intentions can't mask the haunting melody of 'The Wrong People' or suppress the giddy 'Going Onn' - both instant favorites. The range of material seems effortless and entirely natural. Burkhard channels Ian Curtis on 'Forever for Life,' a post-punk prayer that brings uncomfortable calm; Grzenia channels Cabaret Voltaire on 'I'm Doing Something' with a monotonous fuzzed-out bass line that builds in intensity as Moog effects fire randomly. 'Escaping the Barbeque' only needs two gentle chords to make its point and never loses focus, immediately followed by the stomping 'No Mosh Pits in Marin'; both tracks capture the band at its sarcastic best. The wonderfully mechanical 'Empire' sounds like Neu! covering 'Private Idaho' while 'Lie Around Til Later' sounds exactly like Fondly - all 90 seconds of it. This brief, dream-like final track drifts away quietly and leaves you wanting more - just like the band did back in the 90's.

Rosco Pisser

This is gooood stuff. Sure, it brings back mems of 90's Pavement and others but lands squarely a decade into the new century with a high maturity and and a solid low-down hum that shows these musicians are not in their 20's. 4, perhaps? I will be listening....