Fairmont

Fairmont

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

"Fairmont is indie rock we should all be thankful for" - Amp Magazine #34 Aug 08 Indie rock in the vein of Mates of State, Pixies, Nada Surf, etc.

Biography

Neil Sabatino: Vocals & Guitar
Andy Applegate: Drums & Percussion
Christian Kisala: Pianet, Synths & Percussion
Sam Carradori: Backing Vocals & Percussion
* Clancy Flynn: Violin

" Life Begins on the other side of despair." -Sartre
"We must be dead because this sure feels like hell" - N. Sabatino

THE (obligatory and pretentious) BAND BIOGRAPHY

This all sounds kind of nice, like maybe there was a plan, but in actuality it all played out more like Spinal Tap.Neil Sabatino started playing guitar in the early nineties, before myspace hit counters and “LOL OMG I LOVE [Insert Band Name Here]” Facebook Groups.
Those were the days (supposedly) of street cred and artistic integrity. Neil found himself with plenty of both those thing, playing with a couple of popular bands with people that would later make lots of money. He first established himself in punk outfit Stick Figure Suicide (who appeared with the Bouncing Souls, Saves the Day, AntiFlag, H20, blah, blah, blah) and played on the Vans Warped Tour. Eventually, he joined NJ indie rock staplesPencey Prep, playing alongside future My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero. It wasn’t long before they were signed to Eyeball Records and playing high profile shows with Thursday, Nada Surf, and The Strokes. They also played the inaugural New Jersey Surf and Skate Fest with New Found Glory and Brand New in front of 4,000 fans. Basically, they were starting to feel like rock stars and had a nice list of names to drop. But just as they could taste success (oh, sweet success--it melts on your tongue!) the band began to fall apart. Touring, disputes within the band, tensions with the label,all embittered Sabatino as he watched Pencey Prep implode.

From the burning wreckage of Sabatino’s former band a phoenix arose, and while Neil scoffed at this imagery, he named this fledgling bird Fairmont. Neil wrote songs thematically influenced by his disillusionment and began to experiment and grow musically, applying ideas he learned at art school to his music and developing his philosophy of “less is more.” It was this technique that allowed him to create material refreshingly different from the three chord and melodic emo being recorded at the time. Fairmont (which was at that point a solo acoustic project) was signed to Reinforcement Records in August 2001.Once a band was assembled, Fairmont released their debut LP Pretending Greatness is Awaiting. Their second album, Anomie, appeared in 2003 and featured current drummer Andy Applegate. It received some local airplay anddid well online, but it was Fairmont’s 2005 album Hell Is Other People (produced by New London Fire/Sleep Station front man Dave Debiak) that received the most attention. The album’s adoption of existentialist philosophy ironically garnered them the most popularity; it was in regular rotation on several college radio stations and received the occasional spinon huge commercial stations like Q104.3 in New York and even a live set on G Rock 106.3 in New Jersey. Some people in the press wrote about Fairmont like they were some new pantheon of indie rock gods. Case in point:

“A strong confident, self-assured, commercially accessible effort from an outstanding young band just beginning to hit its creative stride…”
-The Aquarian Arts Weekly

“The only good thing to come out of New Jersey (other then Bruce
Springsteen).”
-The Portland Phoenix

The band was flattered and made these quotes readily accessible
.
2006 saw Fairmont on the road, playing in progressively larger rooms throughout the Northeast and Midwest and venturing to the West Coast for dates in Seattle and Portland. After releasing The Subtle Art of Making Enemies, an EP, Fairmont decided to work with producer Dean Baltulonis (TheHold Steady, The Explosion, Paint It Black) to record their next album Wait& Hope. This LP was an autobiographical history of Fairmont’s career reflected in dark pop songs about revenge and bitterness, love destructed,
and confrontation with one’s demons and enemies. It was also the prelude toa darker time.

In 2007, Fairmont was looking back on a productive year. Touring more then ever before and even headlining at the famed 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Fairmont continued to build a following of loyal fans across the nation and put together their first street team. Highlights of the year included many successful radio appearances along with taping an episode of FOX TV’s Fearless Music. The band also put out buzzworthy music videos. “Suspicion Haunts the Guilty Mind” portrayed a stalker situation; Nada Surf front-man Matthew Caws responded: “Rocking, paranoid, I love it”. Their
second video was an epic sock puppet Bonnie and Clyde story which ended with a puppet massacre. Oh yes, gentle readers, a puppet massacre.

After a series of near-disastrous events, including tornadoes on tour and the departure of a long time band member, Fairmont regrouped and started fresh in 2008 with a new lineup an

Discography

Discography
Full Lengths:

The Meadow at Dusk
September 2009
Produced by Bryan Russell
Mint 400 Records

Transcendence
October 2008
Produced by Bryan Russell
Guest Vocals By Teeter Sperber, Matt Zugale, Bryan Russell & Suzie Zeldin
Euphonium By Charlie Seich
Violin, Viola, Cello By Clancy Flynn
Mint 400 Records

Wait & Hope
July 2007
Produced By Dean Baltulonis
Guest Vocals By Teeter Sperber of Ley Royal Scam on Tracks 4,7,8
GFB Records

Hell Is Other People
February 2005, produced by Dave Debiak
Renfield / Reinforcement Records

Anomie
December 2003, Produced by Antonio Valenti & Neil Sabatino
Reinforcement Records

Pretending Greatness is Awaiting, Vol 1&2
December 2001, Produced by Antonio Valenti & Neil Sabatino
Reinforcement Records

EP's:

The Subtle Art Of Making Enemies, 3 song EP
Feburary 2006, Produced by Neil Sabatino
Renfield Records

LeMal
(NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR DIGITAL RECORD STORE)
February 2003, Produced by Antonio Valenti & Neil Sabatino

The Hand That Hold's The Knife Must Be Cold And Steady. 5 song EP
(NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR DIGITAL RECORD STORE)
November 2002, Produced by Antonio Valenti & Neil Sabatino
Reinforcement Records

Fairmont/ The MPS/ American Degen. 3 Way EP
(NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR DIGITAL RECORD STORE)
August 2001, Produced by Antonio Valenti & Neil Sabatino
Reinforcement Records

LIVE
Maxwells Feb. 2004 (Available @Itunes)
Maxwells Dec. 2004 (Available @Itunes)

DIGITAL RECORDS
Fairmont: The Bootleg Series Volume 1
Live Recordings 2002-2006
Released March 08

Fairmont: Covers & B Sides
Covers and B Sides spanning 2002-2007
Includes covers of The Replacements, Failure, Beck and more
Released March 08

Fairmont: The Reinforcement Years
A Collection of EP's 2002-2003
Over 20 Previously Unreleased Songs
Released March 08

Fairmont: Acoustic
6 Acoustic songs recorded 2004-2008
Live, radio sessions and home demos
Released November 08

Additional Recordings:
Neil Sabatino appears on the Creep Records release
Ladybirds on the song "Lady of Leisure and Travel"

Neil Sabatino Produced the 5 song EP
"Toast to the Apocalypse" by Theodore Grimm

Set List

Being & Nothingness 5:29
Luck Will Change 3:10
Melt Your Heart 4:17
Nowhere, Mass 3:54
Omaha 3:33
Please Don't Go 2:44
Prick 3:24
True Love Waits For Me 2:51
I Am The Mountain 3:47
The King & Queen 3:32
The Moon Controls the Tide 3:03
My One and Only One 1:01