The Washover Fans | That Habit Suits You

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That Habit Suits You

by The Washover Fans

Original americana music featuring Interlocking vocals and lush acoustic instrumentation
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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2. A Ways
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3. Santa Fe
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4. Soldier
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5. Light Sweet Crude
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6. The Last Thing
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7. Last Place To Go
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8. Honeys
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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With a refreshing and original take on acoustic music, The Washover Fans bring together four accomplished musicians with decades of playing and performing experience each having written, recorded and performed with various and varied outside projects. Seattle musicians Colin, Gillian, David and Seth write songs independently, but edit and arrange as an ensemble, creating a broad but cohesively twangy set, full of interlocking vocals and lush acoustic instrumentation. April 2011, saw the arrival of The Washover Fans' debut album "That Habit Suits You." The Fans are in the process of releasing their first live album, "Live at Empty Sea," recorded truly live in front of an audience and without overdubs.

The four musicians push each other creatively to write and perform songs that each deliberately evoke very different emotions and soundscapes resulting in a set list in which no two songs sound the same. The Washover Fans create an intimate live experience drawing from each of the four musicians’ dynamic musical backgrounds. A live show consists of original music as well as thoughtful renditions of various covers that pay homage to the diverse American music experience. Instruments rotate the stage and include guitars, mandolin, banjo, cello, percussion and harmonica. Lead vocals are shared among the three distinct vocalists and are supported with three-part harmony.

"Despite the fact that their earthy music is all-original, they have a keen ability to take us back to roots, drawn from old-timey front porch sounds as well as folk-rock and alt-country. The Washover Fans' songs with slower tempos strive for evocative mood pieces with enticing vocals and aesthetic instrumental accompaniment... They demonstrate a voice and sensibility beyond their years." - Joe Ross, Roots Music Review

With time well-spent stumbling through jazz charts, playing in rock bands and blending into Catholic school choirs, it’s been a long and varied musical journey that has culminated in the Washover Fans’ sound, but it’s the years of soaking up the simplest rock and the sweetest church music that guides them to this day. Since forming in 2009 under the Washover Fans moniker, the four friends have focused on folk, alt-country and Americana, drawing on musical first loves from childhoods in New England, Washington, North Carolina and Georgia.


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Joe Ross

A voice and sensibility beyond their years
A “washover fan” is a term used by scientists for those sandy landforms that wash in over an island or spit of land during a storm. A member of this Washington-based acoustic Americana quartet must be a hydrologist, soil scientist or geologist. But the real “gist” of the matter is that The Washover Fans play an appealing mix of organic and expressive contemporary folk on their promising nine-track debut album, That Habit Suits You. Together since 2009, The Washover Fans include Gillian Tart (guitar), David Smith (guitar, mandolin, percussion), Colin Isler (guitar, cello, harmonica), and Seth Hayden (lead guitar, mandolin, banjo). All but Hayden contribute vocals. Their musical influences stem from each member’s personal experience and upbringing in New England, Washington, North Carolina and Georgia.

Despite the fact that their earthy music is all-original, they have a keen ability to take us back to roots, drawn from old-timey front porch sounds as well as folk-rock and alt-country. The Washover Fans’ songs with slower tempos strive for evocative mood pieces with enticing vocals and aesthetic instrumental accompaniment. The story at the opener concludes, “I’m gonna get mine, and you’re gonna get yours.” Songs like “Light Sweet Crude” and “The Last Thing” and “A Ways” address fundamental visions of life from struggle to survival, love to heartbreak, perseverance to commitment….visions with strength that are hard to avoid. Gillian Tart’s interpretive journey in “Santa Fe” takes her from Alaska to Seattle to the desert, and finally to New Mexico. I’d encourage this band to include their original lyrics in the CD jackets of future releases, as well as on-line. Despite the scarcity of liner notes, I understand that all of the band members share the songwriting, and the cohesion and collaboration of the ensemble is reflected in their arrangements. I was also pleased to hear them occasionally pick up the pace with songs like “Soldier” and “Last Place to Go.” “Honeys” has a unique arrangement and catchy hook. While I enjoyed the fills of cello, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and lead guitar, I was also left wishing their mix had included some guest fiddle on a few of the numbers. Despite these minor pitfalls, it’s still an auspicious debut for this Puget Sound area band. They demonstrate a voice and sensibility beyond their years, and they seem ready for more than open mic showcases, taverns, cafes and coffeehouses. Count me as a Washover Fans fan! (Joe Ross, Roots Music Review)