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Fairhaven

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
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"With top notch vocal work and well written lyrics, their songs stand out from most of what is coming out of the local and even national scenes." - The Anchor, Eddie Taylor


A band whose talent matches the moneymakers that are tucked away in our respective iTunes playlists…an act that could so naturally fit in a sold-out stadium, it’s almost perplexing. - Wendell Gee (Music Director) 95.5 WBRU


I never imagined Fairhaven's arena-sized piano-pop rock sound could get any more "mature and polished" than the swooning anthems on their 2010 debut Origins, but that's how Fairhaven lead singer Alan Connell described the new album, Plan A, when he sent a copy my way a few weeks back. He wasn't kidding.

Fans of the Fray, Kings of Leon, and Coldplay should be lining up for the Plan A release party at the Met, as Connell has an undeniable gift when it comes to writing achy-breaky anthems. The Rock Hunt judges (myself included) just about got booed out of Lupo's when Fairhaven won in 2009, but Connell remains confident about the band's sound. In fact, when asked if Fairhaven is out to conquer any particular demographic, he replied with a patent-pending genre of its own: "We call it 'EpPock', or Epic Pop Rock, a very diverse sound that appeals to all ages," he told me.

When I wrote about the band around the time of the release of Origins, I was almost caught off-guard by the specific timeline and career trajectory they had mapped out (full-time management and national booking agent, label offers, etc.), particularly considering they were all barely in their 20s. But their debut tracks —"Singularity," "On a Chase," "Can't Let Go," and "The World Is Ours" — put the band's knack for piano-powered hooks and songwriting on full display. Following the Rock Hunt victory and album, Fairhaven (with added percussionist/guitarist Brian Moura) won over crowds throughout 2010 while opening for acts like Zox, Guster, Neon Trees, and even the Doobie Brothers last year in Newport.

With the new album comes a change in personnel, as former bassist Nick Pagano and drummer Jared Gould (brother of pianist Trevor) left the band to "explore other career opportunities," according to Connell. The trio utilized one of the fan-pledge donation sites and landed enough money to record the album out in Cali with producer Jeff Watson, a founding member of Night Ranger ("Sister Christian" is exactly in Fairhaven's wheelhouse), who turned out to be an ideal partner. Plan A follows the Fairhaven formula of quiet-to-soaring love songs, with big swaths of piano and guitar swaying across the album.

The KoL-inspired openers "The World Is Waiting" and "Fear" rock out harder than just about anything on the debut, a new strength developed through their live work. "On record they lean toward the Coldplay vibe, but onstage they can loosen up and rock their material a bit harder," noted WBRU program director Wendell Clough. Connell's vocal harmonies through on the catchy cuts "Symmetry (Crazy For You)" and "Same As Then," while the latter half settles down with the mellower numbers "Faith and Desire" and "Where You Are." Admittedly, Fairhaven's sound is about the polar opposite of the unpolished indie-rock noise of the 1990s I still obsess over, but there's no denying the talent and confidence of Connell and his mates. Plan A is a solid sophomore effort and everything one would expect from Fairhaven, and I wouldn't be surprised if "Fear" attracts plenty of attention this summer.

The band recently hired a national management group and plan to coordinate a US tour later this year. In the meantime, pick up a copy of Plan A starting this weekend.

FAIRHAVEN + KINGSTON 530 + THE CRINGE + LAST ONE OUT | Friday, May 25 @ 8:30 pm | The Met, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket | $12, all ages | 401.729.1005 | fairhavenband.com



Read more: http://providence.thephoenix.com/music/138984-fairhaven-makes-it-epic-on-plan-a/#ixzz1wJBA1zCc - Providence Phoenix, Chris Conti


"Fairhaven's new album "Plan A" is polished, exciting and has mass appeal." - WPRI NBC 10, R.J. Heim


Discography

Plan A (Second and most recent studio album)
Origins (Debut studio album)
Fear (Most recent single off of Plan A)
Singularity (Single off of Origins)
Worth It All (Second single off of Origins)

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Fairhaven, described as “one of the top up-and-coming bands in pop music today” combines passionate, melodic vocals with driving keys and guitars in their “Coldplay-meets-Kings of Leon” pop-rock sound. The 3-piece group recently finished recording their second studio album titled “Plan A”, which hit stores on May 25th, 2012 and can be heard on radio airwaves across New England. On top of their polished songwriting and catchy vocals, their genuine, energetic live performances are among the best the music industry has to offer today. Taking the stage with such bands as The Doobie Brothers, OK GO, Dashboard Confessional, Neon Trees, Jack’s Mannequin, Guster, We The Kings, and others, Fairhaven’s live show is a spectacle that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Look for tour dates in your area as Fairhaven hits the road this summer for their “Plan A” national tour!