Formed by three Portland natives, a transplant from southern Oregon and a British expat, Fault Lines stands out from the slew of indie bands that have hit the city's music scene in recent years. Their punchy garage-pop is reminiscent of Portland predecessors Sleater-Kinney and Sweden's Hives, with traces of Jack White and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Their debut album, Tapes & Wires, was recorded and produced by Larry Crane (Tape Op Magazine, Jackpot! Recording), who invited the band to work with him after seeing them play at a local venue. It demands the listener's attention from the first fuzzed-out guitar riff to the last winsome harmony, capturing the energy and fervor of their live shows while showcasing their ability to skillfully craft catchy pop songs with deep hooks you can't shake.
Fault Lines’ “Tapes and Wires” is a combination of straight-ahead rock with unexpected layers of percussion, harmony, and dynamics. The rhythm section generates incessant momentum alternating between non-sense backbeat and addicting neo-funk. On top Sara Hernandez channels equal parts Grace Slick and Debbie Harry while effortlessly sharing the limelightwith soaring guitar lines. Highlights include: “Kirstie Allie,” “Everything You Want,” and “Sedition.”
-Garrett Haines, Treelady Studios
Fault Lines will be playing a limited number of shows throughout the Northwest in advance of their official Tapes and Wires release party, scheduled for June 28, 2013 at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon. Stay tuned at wearefaultlines.com.
Aaron Ettlin - Guitar
Matthew Hernandez - Drums
Sara Hernandez - Vocals
Emily Seabroke - Bass
Molly Wiltshire - Vocals, Auxillary Percussion
•Tapes & Wires•
To be released June 28, 2013
Tapes & Wires Review - Dennise Kowalczyk, 1071 FM KZME Radio
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Rocking the house, dancing your ass off. This is what you want and this is what you get with Fault L...Rocking the house, dancing your ass off. This is what you want and this is what you get with Fault Lines. A blend of hard-edged pop and sweet songs of longing. I want to be asked to join this band.
Tapes & Wires Review - Garrett Haines,Treelady Studios; TapeOp Magazine Senior Contributor
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Fault Lines’ “Tapes and Wires” is a combination of straight-ahead rock and unexpected layers of perc...Fault Lines’ “Tapes and Wires” is a combination of straight-ahead rock and unexpected layers of percussion, harmony, and dynamics. The rhythm section generates incessant momentum. Sara Hernandez channels equal parts Grace Slick and Debbie Harry while effortlessly sharing the limelightwith soaring guitar lines. Highlights include: “Kirstie Allie,” “Everything You Want,” and “Sedition.”
Tapes & Wires Review - Skyler Norwood, Miracle Lake Studios; Producer of Blind Pilot, Horse Feathers
Fantastic, a batch of killer songs!
My What a Busy Week!
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ART PARTY—Tonight's bash celebrates the first birthday of a local culture website I've never used (b...ART PARTY—Tonight's bash celebrates the first birthday of a local culture website I've never used (beportland.com)—but the reason for the party doesn't matter, because the lineup looks great: music by Fault Lines and Animal Eyes, plus art-smarties Research Club are curating performances. Go ahead and crash it!
BePortland 1st Year Anniversary Party
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[MANICURED PUNK] Just for clarity’s sake: The Angry Orts are no more. The old Portland guitar-rock g...[MANICURED PUNK] Just for clarity’s sake: The Angry Orts are no more. The old Portland guitar-rock group added Emily Seabroke and Molly Wiltshire for a more robust, vocally dominant sound, and the group is now known as Fault Lines. An album is due next spring, and it's engineered by Larry Crane, who has worked with genre siblings Sleater-Kinney and the Thermals. Tonight's show is part of BePortland’s first anniversary party, fit with free Burnside Brewing beer (while supplies last). Drink up and kindly request Fault Lines’ stellar cover of Quarterflash’s “Harden My Heart.”
the angry orts are now Fault Lines
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Following eight years of live performances promoting the release of one EP, two full-length studio a...Following eight years of live performances promoting the release of one EP, two full-length studio albums and a live album, The Angry Orts are ditching the old moniker and starting afresh as Fault Lines. The name change is a result of new band members, a honed new sound and a forthcoming new album.
Fault Lines includes original members Aaron Ettlin (guitar), Matthew Hernandez (drums) and Sara Hernandez (vocals) along with new members Emily Seabroke (bass) and Molly Wiltshire (backing vocals, auxiliary instrumentation). Emily recently moved to the states from Newberry, Berkshire, UK and teaches at the Rock‘n’Roll Camp for Girls. Molly is a Portland area native who is currently pursuing a degree in Media Arts and Animation. Her voice naturally compliments Sara’s since the two are sisters.
The band’s debut album under the new name will be recorded at Jackpot! Recording Studio and engineered by Larry Crane whose credits include Sleater-Kinney, The Thermals, Gossip and many more. Tracking for the new album will begin in October 2012 with an album release event intended for spring/summer 2013. A video for a soon-to-be-released single is also currently in the works.
Fault Lines’ first show under the new name is on Thursday, July 12 at Holocene for bePortland's 1st anniversary party. Also playing: Support Force and Animal Eyes. Show Details: $6 at the door, 21+. Free beer from Burnside Brewing will be provided while supplies last. Raffle of over $1,000 of free stuff (free raffle ticket with door cost). Plus: merch, info and treats from: Banana Stand Media, Apes Tapes, PDX Pop Now!, Research Club, Hungry Hearts Cupcakes, Tapalaya, Brewvana and more!
Set list is determined based on venue time guidelines. Listed below are songs that may be on the set list:
A Side of Sugar
Everything You Want
Heart of a Stag
Tapes N Wires
Harden My Heart
We R Electric
Get In Get Out
Take Me Down
Bear Your Cross
Red As Blood
Your Big Mouth
Avoiding My Eyes
You Want (I Know)
The Best Thing
Steel My Heart
Ghost on a String
Light the Match
Couches on Porches
Drive You Out
Til the Day I Die