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Shorewave Records Presents: Honeywild, Fax Holiday and Funeral Advantage on February 22

Boston/Brooklyn-based label Shorewave Records is taking over the Tasty Burger basement in Harvard Sq. (Cambridge, MA)  this Saturday night, February 22. Upon first glance, that may not seem like a novel occurence (there's a ton of "Brooklyn" and "Boston/Brooklyn" labels and promotions groups out there vying for attention), but the quality of this bill sets Shorewave apart from the competition. Honeywild (on the Shorewave roster) will be joined by my local favorite Fax Holiday and Funeral Advantage, starting promptly at 9PM. 

Doors are at 8PM and the show is FREE. The Shorewave bill will be followed by another epic event produced by Eye Design (featuring Ontario-based The Dirty Nil), so be sure to stick around after the show to catch even more rad tunes.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

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Fax Holiday Release Big Fear

Last month, I posted an article hyping the long-awaited release of Fax Holiday’s new EP, Big Fear. This month, I’m wicked excited to be able to post a review of the EP. The Fax Holiday guys have definitely stepped-up their game with these songs--each one sounds incredibly polished and well-balanced. The band really let their emotions come through on this record; there’s much more feeling in these tracks than in previous recordings.

The one aspect that really sets Fax Holiday apart for me is their choice of instrumentation--I love their autoharp. That being said, “Ears and Teeth” is probably my favorite track from Big Fear. The jangle from the autoharp adds an eerie/hypnotic feel to this Elliott Smith-meets-Wilco tune.

You can stream (and download for only $4!) Big Fear on Fax Holiday’s bandcamp page. Check out their Facebook for band news and show announcements.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

  

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Fax Holiday Record Release Show Set for January 4

This coming Saturday, January 4, local rockers Fax Holiday will be showcasing some new material and releasing their latest EP, Big Fear, at Roggies in Brighton, MA. “Big Night”, the first single from the EP, is currently available for free streaming/download on their bandcamp page, and from the sounds of it, these guys have been putting in some serious work to revamp their sound. The production and recording quality on “Big Night” is so clear and crisp--it definitely makes for a great listen. I also dig the addition of a piano and strings on this track, giving the song a dreary, sleepy feel--perfect listening for a rainy day.


Head on over to the Facebook event page for more information about the record-release show. Big Fear will be available on 10-inch vinyl as well as digitally starting January 4th thanks to Boston-based art collective De-Efodiar. For those of you who are really impatient, fret not--you can pre-order the vinyl now through the band’s bandcamp page.
 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

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Fax Holiday Fall 2013 Tour Announcement

One of my favorite Boston-area acts, Fax Holiday, are hitting the road with fellow rockers Radiator King for a string of east coast dates. The tour kicks off November 9 in Brooklyn, ending on November 16 in Willimantic, CT. I first saw Fax Holiday a few months ago at Great Scott in Allston, and I'm excited that these guys are continuing to spread the word about their music. They'll be bringing their tunes to Radio in Somerville on November 15, so if you're in the area, stop in and check them out.

 For more info about the band (and to get more details about the tour), check out their tour Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

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Fax Holiday Coming to O'Briens in Allston July 11th

I initially discovered Fax Holiday last week when I saw them open during the Bunny’s A Swine show last week. After their set I approached singer Eric Schermerhorn and he handed me what I would call, for lack of a better phrase, a “Fax Holiday Greatest Hits” cd. Since the band does not have a new full-length (their last was recorded in 2011), the disk he gave me had a smattering of old stuff and a couple more-recent tracks (from 2012, all of which can be found on their bandcamp site.)

 

I’m really into what these guys are doing. As mentioned in the Bunny is a Swine review, the autoharp Schermerhorn plays is awesome. It adds this trippy, eerie sort of sounds to the already lo-fi recordings. One of the newer tracks “Lots of Glass”, makes excellent use of the electric autoharp. The whole track sounds like Doug Martsch of Built to Spill died, came back as a ghost, and held a concert in an abandoned mansion--yeah, I think it sounds pretty cool, too.

 

“Chameleon” (from their record, Rope and Wine) is another track full of ethereal, ghostly qualities. From the somber chord progression, to the spacey leads and mournful refrain of “Hey, no need to be so upset”, it’s difficult not to become immersed in this song.

 

Fax Holiday will be playing O’Brien’s in Allston on July 11. Check their Facebook for more details. --Dan McMahon

 

 

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