Sallie Ford, Golden Idols, La Fonda

Sun Dec 31 2017

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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Golden Idols, La Fonda

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  • Sallie Ford

    Sallie Ford

    Indie Pop

    There are artists who can command attention. They lean into their songs with an irresistible edge and total

    emotional connection and stay there. Sallie Ford is one of those artists. On her fourth album, Soul Sick,

    Ford gathered her strengths, took them into Portland’s Type Foundry studio along with producer Mike

    Coykendall (M Ward, She & Him) at the helm and created music that draws on all of her influences but

    still comes out her own. Looking at her life, there isn’t much way it could have come out differently. And

    this is the album which proves it.

    Sallie Ford grew up in Asheville, North Carolina in a musical family. At nineteen she moved to Portland,

    OR to explore her creative side which led to her career in music. Like all aspiring artists, there were

    enough twists and turns along with several serious dead ends, but Sallie persevered by creating songs that

    took those life challenges and turned them upside down into inspired music. Much of it is inspired by ‘60s

    music, whether it’s the music of the British Invasion like the Kinks and the Troggs, or American groups

    Canned Heat and ? & the Mysterians. Add on other influences like girl groups the Shirelles, the Shangri-
    Las and the Ronettes, and the sound of Soul Sick comes into focus.

    As Sallie describes, “This is a ‘confessional’ album. It’s about struggling with my issues – some that I’ve

    overcome and some that I still carry around.” The album opens with the line, “Woke up feeling sour on

    the sweetest summer day,” which just about sums up Sallie Ford’s state of mind a few years ago. A band

    breakup with the Sound Outside in 2013 led to new realizations about the things in her life that needed to

    change. As she jumped headfirst into those efforts, she signed with Vanguard Records, handpicked a new

    all-female backing band and released the debut album under her own name, 2014’s Slap Back. It marked a

    big transition in Ford’s sound, allowing her voice to take center stage amid a band sound of chugging

    distorted grit. It also gave her a new chance to take a stronger grip on her career and her personal life.

    With those deep shifts gave new questions, though, ones that weren’t always easy to answer. “I felt

    confused, down about life and unsure of myself,” explains Ford.

    In search of definitive answers, Sallie Ford began therapy, “This is an album about insecurity, anxiety and

    depression, especially after the Sound Outside and I split up and had my first summer in four years where

    I wasn’t touring.” Ford says. “I was a middle child and a homeschooler, so I’ve always felt like an

    outsider. I explored what my music means to me, and how I’ve always struggled with feeling the pressure

    of not being good enough and wanting to quit. On these new songs, it felt good to write on one theme and

    from one place. All in all, Soul Sick has taught me a lot about myself and helped me to heal.”

    A lot of that healing is captured in the actual music played on the album. It is laced with a lot of nostalgic

    feeling, and produced to enhance that essence. “I asked Mike Coykendall (M. Ward and She & Him) to

    produce, Ford says. “He loves old rock & roll and always records on tape, but he’s also an experimenter,

    exploring new things with his music. He’s the most honest and genuine musician I’ve met. This album is

    as much his creation as mine. It was spontaneous in a lot of ways, but also the best-crafted thing I’ve ever

    done.”

    One listen to Soul Sick attests to all those thoughts. Ford’s vocals continue to mature, with less nuanced

    delivery and more belting clarity. Her vulnerability and ‘60s fusion have evolved her sound into new

    territory, but also provide a bridge for new and previous listeners. “I think my biggest goal with this new

    album is to be relatable to what I originally started out as, as well as what I’ve become,” Ford says.

    No matter how you approach Soul Sick, the only prognosis is: mission accomplished. With a new studio

    band including Garth Klippert (Old Light) and Kris Doty (Modern Kin) on board, the fire is there. Add on

    guest musicians Ben Nugent (Dolorean), Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, the B-52s), John Coykendall and

    Kirk Hamilton, and these 11 new songs stand as Sallie Ford’s step into a new world. “It wasn’t even my

    goal at first to write these songs, it was more like ‘I want to write about struggling with my demons.’ But

    it became something more. I felt like some of that negativity I was able to write about with a positive light

    after the fact.”

     

  • Golden Idols

    Golden Idols

    Avant-Garde Rock

  • La Fonda

    La Fonda

    Rock

    Rooted in surf rock and indie dream pop, The 6-piece dream team La Fonda will take you on a journey exploring the introspective highs and lows of love, longing and loss with their catchy melodies and sweet harmonies.

    Led by sister singer/songwriters, Veronica & Valerie Topacio, the two use their love for music and writing as a way to navigate woman, sister and adulthood. After playing as a duo, it was only natural that the sisters would soon find themselves the brothers of La Fonda, combining their dreamy pop vocals with surf-rock inspired guitar sounds, driving bass grooves, lively drum beats and bright keys to make a sound uniquely their own.

    La Fonda recorded & produced their “Good Love” EP with head engineer Garrett Reynolds of Electrokitty Sound Studio in Seattle, WA which released in April 2017.
    La Fonda has already started recording their first full length album with plans for a release in late 2018.

Sallie Ford
Golden Idols, La Fonda

Sun Dec 31 2017 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Sallie Ford, Golden Idols, La Fonda
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