Fancey

Fancey

BandAlternativePop

Soft rock that rocks.

Biography

Fancey

Todd Fancey was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. There he grew up on the sounds of A.M. radio as well as his father’s singing and guitar playing. Todd was thus exposed to the music of Neil Diamond, Kris Kristofferson and others. Todd had an acoustic guitar at his disposal from a very early age thanks to his father. At age nine Todd began organ lessons. His teacher was a pleasant man who reminded the young student of The Count from Sesame Street.
On Todd’s 11th birthday he was presented with an electric guitar and amplifier by his parents. Christmas time brought Todd new albums by The Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd and many others. Todd’s older sister Teena also introduced him to new sounds such as The Cars.
When Todd was in his mid teens he began playing with musicians from Halifax and Dartmouth. These were primarily heavy metal bands playing songs by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Angelwitch and many more.
At age 18 Todd met a talented young songwriter Doug Hines who influenced him to explore the more melodic sounds of Todd’s earlier youth. This started a general breaking away from the rigid constraints of playing in the Halifax heavy metal scene where liking bands like the Beatles would be considered uncool. Thanks to Doug, Todd learned to be more courageous in his musical choices.
Todd’s move to Vancouver in the early ‘90's broadened his horizons and helped him escape the grim reach of the Atlantic Ocean which made winters a living hell. It was in Vancouver that Todd met local musicians and began singing with them on Granville street, making a little pocket change and learning how to harmonize and play in front of indifferent crowds. This thickened his performing skin and honed his musical skills.
After years of struggling to start various bands in Vancouver Todd caught a break when he sold a guitar to Sean Ashby who now plays for Sarah McLachlan. Sean had his own band at that time and introduced Todd to many musicians who actually toured and made real records. One of these musicians was Michele Gould who took Todd on tour with her band Taste of Joy. This gave Todd an opportunity to tour Canada as well as Germany and the U.K.
Another great opportunity came when Kurt Dahle from Age of Electric and Limblifter noticed Todd’s guitar playing and asked him to join Limblifter, albeit to play bass for the band. Kurt and his brother Ryan Dahle had achieved a lot with this band and for Todd joining meant being featured on Much Music, playing on the excellent “Bellaclava” and touring across the country.
Todd’s position in Limblifter also led to yet another opportunity when Kurt asked Todd to join The New Pornographers, a band Kurt was now playing in. Since joining the New Pornographers in 2001 Todd has been fortunate to share in all the benefits that this exposure has brought to him and the other members of the band such as three majr network television performances (Letterman, Conan and Carson Daily) as well as repeated exposure in Spin, RollingStone magazine and many many others.
In 2004 Todd released his first solo album titled Fancey. The album was very well reviewed including a higly positive review from Rolling Stone and PItchfork. Todd also released The Magical Summer ep in 2005 and is working on a follow up to his 2004 release.

Discography

Fancey (self titled) 2004
Magical Summer EP - 2005

Set List

Carry Me
Rock and Roll Rhythm
Strayed Out
I'll be Down
Heaven's Way
Daytime Driver
In Town
Dial Jupiter
Blue Star
Saturday Morning
Til the Morning Comes
Sunbrite
Magical Summer