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Facts on File

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Rock Indie

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Jun
13
Facts on File @ LV Desert

Nevada, United States

Nevada, United States

Apr
04
Facts on File @ El Cid

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

Oct
24
Facts on File @ KXLU Radio Station

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

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"FACTS ON FILE @ EL CID"

LA’s own intellectual art-rock trio, Facts On File, celebrated the release of their album Bring It Back at El Cid. In front of geometric projections, the band performed an uptempo set featuring driving bass lines, snap-crackling snares, and growly guitar. The sound is something that could have echoed from a basement in Olympia, WA back in the 90s, if somehow those riot rockers had convinced Byrne or Bowie to lend vocals to the band. It’s not hard to imagine this music beaconing out across music festival grounds in the future, spurring sweaty festival-goers to jump around in the sun. - LA Record


"A Conversation with David Miano of Aural Gravy Records"

Post punk brilliance, starting with the minimalist shapes and color tones of the cover artwork and topped by a batch of excellent songs. The trio’s music – equal parts drone, punk energy, rolling bass notes, twisted surf guitar lines, stop start vocals and more add up to a sound that harkens back to mid-eighties UK bands such as Jesus and Mary Chain or Echo and the Bunnymen. On the American side of things, think combos like Jonathan Richman and the Unknowns, with more than a bit of sixties melodic sensibilities and plenty of reverb. The ten tracks all hold up well, with just enough garage rock kick to make it an album you’ll want to play loud. Favorite tune at the moment is opener “The Flood” which sounds like the Mighty Lemon Drops until it hits 2:06 and moves into Cramps territory for awhile. Also tops is “What You Want” with staccato vocal intro and near spy/ surf guitar intro – it’s quirky and good, while “Get to know Me” adds a bit of bubblegum pop to the mix – great song. It took a couple of plays, but this album is a real grower. - San Diego Troubadour


"Ears Wide Open"

Facts on File sound like a project David Byrne might've started in his garage in 1976, not such a bad thing for fans of angst-y post-punk or avant-garde pop... In sum, the album could be the soundtrack to this generation's uncertain future - or at least the dance party we throw to celebrate the present. - Buzz Bands LA


"Facts on File Debut "How will We Get Along" (Video)"

gritty and carefree, but with a hint of class. The three-piece creates infectious '60s-inspired pop tunes that burrow deep in your eardrums and invoke dance parties wherever they are played. - Deli Magazine


"Discover the Undiscovered: Facts on File"

please meet Facts on File - a Los Angeles based three-piece indie rock outfit. The trio crafts songs that modernize 60's garage rock and 1970s New York punk, putting a spin on pop structure that draws comparisons to Talking Heads, Gang of Four and The Cars, with hints of Suicide and a synth-free Devo. - - Filter Magazine


"Discovering the Undiscovered - Facts on File"

Welcome to the last edition of Discover the Undiscovered for 2011 and please meet Facts on File - a Los Angeles based three-piece indie rock outfit. The trio crafts songs that modernize 60's garage rock and 1970s New York punk, putting a spin on pop structure that draws comparisons to Talking Heads, Gang of Four and The Cars, with hints of Suicide and a synth-free Devo. - Filter Magazine


"Facts on File Debut "How will We Get Along" (Video)"

- gritty and carefree, but with a hint of class. The three-piece creates infectious '60s-inspired pop tunes that burrow deep in your eardrums and invoke dance parties wherever they are played. - Deli Magazine LA


"Ears Wide Open: Facts on File"

Facts on File sound like a project David Byrne might've started in his garage in 1976, not such a bad thing for fans of angst-y post-punk or avant-garde pop... In sum, the album could be the soundtrack to this generation's uncertain future - or at least the dance party we throw to celebrate the present. - Buzz Bands LA


"Facts on File - Keep it Together 7""

Heroes take on this mad mash-up is that this all came about from a lab mishap during the Human Genome Project Part 1. Part 1 took place years before the successful work completed in the 1990's. You see what happened was a sleep-deprived intern named Megan crashed her test tube cart into a glass cabinet filled with lively beekers of DNA. This DNA came from the remarkable samples of Alec Ounsworth, David Byrne and Kate Pierson. The short story is the collision and resulting new DNA became the basis for the members of Facts on File. They were genetically disposed to create this music that makes me smile and shake-a-leg to these carefree and joyful tunes. - Heroes of Indie Music


"5 Things To Do: Spring Fair, Chalk Off, Facts on File"

The band Facts on File occupy a pretty specific time in music, when people like Television and Talking Heads were on the scene. These bands were creating a brand new sound, but going about it in a roundabout way. They embraced punk to a certain extent, but what they seemed to be striving for was to bring rock ‘n' roll back down to eye-level; they still loved the art form, but rejected the bloat. Facts on File have keyed in on this minimalism. - The Weekly Volcano


"Facts On File - "Keep it Together" 7" b/w "Cool Me Down""

Facts on File formed in 2006 in San Francisco and relocated to LA in 2008. They're currently touring the West Coast in support of their two-song 7” “Keep it Together,” which neatly showcases the band’s dynamic and feels like the perfect way to be introduced to these pop rockers.

The title track is a warm organ/bass/drums thumper that matches a nonchalant Yo La Tengo rhythmic feel with a big Cars hook. They keep the track simple, while maintaining a nuanced balance between the urgency and the bubblegum, with singer Joseph White’s voice becoming unraveled as if he is frantically trying to hold on till the end of the song.

On the B side they produce a colder, more alienated tone, swapping jagged, overdriven guitar riffing for the organ. It’s a heavier sound, showing an affinity for the New York punk scene of the late 1970s. White’s baritone-falsetto voice is bound to draw comparisons to David Byrne’s, but fortunately for the Facts, White avoids affectation and mimicry and is able to carry the record with the perfect amount of quirkiness. - Wiretap Music


"Facts on File"

Facts on File is getting ready to release a debut seven-inch. Driven by a rolling baseball park-sounding organ and a healthy amount of post-punk angularity, “Keep it Together” sounds like a slick update of the stuff Elvis Costello and the Attractions were doing in the late Seventies. - FMLY Blog


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Facts on File is a Los Angeles indie band that effectively modernizes 60's garage-rock rhythms with a post-punk angularity.  As noted in Buzz Bands LA (March 8, 2012): Facts on File sound like a project David Byrne might've started in his garage in 1976, not such a bad thing for fans of angst-y post-punk or avant-garde pop.

If Facts on File's debut album showcased a nod to the past or the arty side of things, it didn't shy away from pop sensibility: gritty and carefree, but with a hint of class. The three-piece creates infectious '60s-inspired pop tunes that burrow deep in your eardrums and invoke dance parties wherever they are played. (Deli Magazine, March 9, 2012). 

The latest album by Facts on File, titled Bring it Back, continues to showcase the pleasant mixture of vintage influence, but with perhaps a stronger hold on the modern side this time around. Joseph White's vocal style brings to mind shades of Ian McColloch (Echo and the Bunnymen), Rick Ocasik (The Cars) or Lux Interior (The Cramps). Lyrics range from universal themes of emotional pain in Got the Message to self-reflexive but dispassionate statements like, I feel so bad that I don't feel anything in the standout track Immune to it. Doubling-down on the pop aspect, City Boys Don't Surf simultaneously embraces the popular surf-rock sound, while taking a playful jab at New York City surf bands like The Drums. But, even a surf song in the hands of Facts on File is a step outside of the familiar genre. Guitarist Andrew Lagomarsino anchors the modernist sound with a strong sense of dynamics while using limited effects. The guitar plucks and stabs in the space between White's vocals and bass, but still breaks into large driving moments when needed, filling an immense amount of space (no small feat for a 3-piece band.)  Drummer Gabriel Fernandez  is chock-full-o tom fills and speedy hi-hat tricks, but uses them with disciplined discretion.  

At live performances, Facts on File is known for tight rhythm and fluid musical dynamics.  They're a high-energy band that doesn't feel the need to blow loudly in the face of the audience.  As an album, Bring it Back reflects that live sound with true fidelity. All tracks were recorded in the house where the band rehearses, produced and mixed by White himself.  The personal touch adds intimacy to the album. The production creates a sonic narrative that begins with the pulsing slow build for The Flood, takes off like a rocket for Got the Message, and brings us back down to a stark reality in the closing track, The Limit.

Facts on File performs regularly in Los Angeles and has performed at SXSW, Mission Creek Music Festival (SF), and Neon Reverb Festival (La Vegas). They were featured in Filter Magazines Discovering the Undiscovered in December 2011, and their debut, self-titled album landed on the CMJ Top 200 charts.

 


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