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Fax Holiday

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
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"Quick Notes: Fax Holiday"

*Fax Holiday (former Margin Walker, Mutt, etc) have posted a brand new two song single on their Bandcamp page HERE. The songs "Lots of Glass" and "Good Longing" find the band led by Eric Schermerhorn heading in a new direction from last year's phenomenal full length Rope & Wine while still retaining their early 90s indie guitar rock vibes. Taking a slightly more psychedelic approach, the songs are wistful and catchy, perfect for the beginning of summer. Both tracks are now streaming and will be available to download soon with bonus materials from the band. The guys will follow up the single with a full length due out this summer/fall. If you live in the Boston area, be sure to catch Fax Holiday live on May 13 at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA w/ Mod Gun and Fiwana Forte. - Dan Goldin - Exploding in Sound


"Quick Notes: Fax Holiday"

*Fax Holiday (former Margin Walker, Mutt, etc) have posted a brand new two song single on their Bandcamp page HERE. The songs "Lots of Glass" and "Good Longing" find the band led by Eric Schermerhorn heading in a new direction from last year's phenomenal full length Rope & Wine while still retaining their early 90s indie guitar rock vibes. Taking a slightly more psychedelic approach, the songs are wistful and catchy, perfect for the beginning of summer. Both tracks are now streaming and will be available to download soon with bonus materials from the band. The guys will follow up the single with a full length due out this summer/fall. If you live in the Boston area, be sure to catch Fax Holiday live on May 13 at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA w/ Mod Gun and Fiwana Forte. - Dan Goldin - Exploding in Sound


"Introducing: Fax Holiday"

Fax Holiday is a recording project from Margin Walker's Eric Schermerhorn that has been a long time in the making. Joined by a handful of talented musicians, the sextet quietly worked on the album for the past several years, and Rope & Wine, the official debut is pretty stunning. The record combines 90's alternative rock with folk and acoustic elements for a fresh organic sound that will appeal to a wide range of fans from Old Canes and Iron & Wine to Tripping Daisy and Superdrag. You can stream the entire album below or DOWNLOAD it for FREE HERE!! - Dan Goldin - Exploding in Sound


"Fax Holiday - Rope and Wine"

Fax Holiday is a little known indie-folk band from the Boston area, who self-released their album Rope & Wine in February. A record with all of the hallmarks of dream-pop, indie-folk with touches of melodic and ambient noise from the guitar, violin, organ, harp, piano,and percussion. It's a good album to play when you need to chill out after a hard day.

Performing, recording and working hard to make a name for themselves, this little-indie-band-who-could has finally gained some recognition. On May 1st, Fax Holiday will be playing a show with an up-and-coming indie-folk artist, Haroula Rose at T.T. The Bears in Cambridge, Massachusetts. So if you can, go and support these great independent artists. Also, for a small contribution or nothing at all you can download Rope & Wine at bandcamp. - Common Folk Music


"Rope and Wine album review"

Mailbag: Fax Holiday – Rope & Wine
June 21, 2011
By Jon

Fax Holiday is the recording/performing name of Eric Schermerhorn (formerly of Mutt and Margin Walker), and it is also the name of a Boston-based indie/folk band containing Schermerhorn (vocals, guitars, autoharp), Ian Macleod (bass, vocals), Elizabeth Bollenberg (violin, harp), and Dana Diplacido (percussion). Importantly, it is also the name of one of my favorite bands of the last few months. Their new album – Rope & Wine – is a solid musical effort – combining indie-rock numbers like “Dropping Out” with more introspective, folk-inspired tunes like “Salt.” Regardless of presentation, each song feels as if it is rooted in something that is deeply personal – coming to the listener as if from a diary entry. It’s a combination that comes up a lot in these parts (you might be familiar with a similar formula as seen in the work of Galaxie 500), and produces an amazingly vibrant emotional tapestry.

Also, it rocks. Did I mention that it rocks?

Rope & Wine

Here’s a bit from Eric about how the album came together: “The record was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Richard Marr at Galaxy Park Studios in Allston, Ma, off and on, between June and December 2010. I didn’t have a real line-up at the time so I sort of approached it by having friends come in and add to tracks. By the time the record was done we had a solid line-up and have since been playing out and trying to spread the word about our band and our new record.” Indeed, as you’ll hear in the tracks below, the line-up does seem solid. In fact, Fax Holiday sounds like a band that has been playing together for years, and one intent on making its own way in the world – eschewing genre and convention for the sake of finding the right sound for the song at hand. And honestly, as debut albums go, this one fills me with hope for Fax Holiday’s future.

But rather than have me go on and on, let me give you a bit of a taste. Oh, and if you want to follow along, the lyrics are all on the bandcamp page. First up, is the rock-tinged “Ouroboros” – a great track for showing off the band’s group dynamic:

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At the other end of Rope & Wine is the melancholy “Chameleon.” It’s a track that showcases the more folk-oriented elements of Fax Holiday, even as it begins to turn again to rock at the end. If nothing else, I think the track shows the difficulty of classifying the genre of truly original bands (and I mean that in the best possible sense):

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And here’s the rest of Rope & Wine:

If you like what you hear, you can get the album over at bandcamp for a Radiohead-esque “Name Your Own Price.” It’s well worth shelling out for, and I encourage you to help support an up-and-coming band. And if you want to take the band in live, they’ll be opening for Walt Mink at T.T. the Bear’s place in Boston on July 27th. Here’s a link to tickets for that show – maybe I’ll see you there? - Jon Martin


"Rope and Wine album review"

Mailbag: Fax Holiday – Rope & Wine
June 21, 2011
By Jon

Fax Holiday is the recording/performing name of Eric Schermerhorn (formerly of Mutt and Margin Walker), and it is also the name of a Boston-based indie/folk band containing Schermerhorn (vocals, guitars, autoharp), Ian Macleod (bass, vocals), Elizabeth Bollenberg (violin, harp), and Dana Diplacido (percussion). Importantly, it is also the name of one of my favorite bands of the last few months. Their new album – Rope & Wine – is a solid musical effort – combining indie-rock numbers like “Dropping Out” with more introspective, folk-inspired tunes like “Salt.” Regardless of presentation, each song feels as if it is rooted in something that is deeply personal – coming to the listener as if from a diary entry. It’s a combination that comes up a lot in these parts (you might be familiar with a similar formula as seen in the work of Galaxie 500), and produces an amazingly vibrant emotional tapestry.

Also, it rocks. Did I mention that it rocks?

Rope & Wine

Here’s a bit from Eric about how the album came together: “The record was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Richard Marr at Galaxy Park Studios in Allston, Ma, off and on, between June and December 2010. I didn’t have a real line-up at the time so I sort of approached it by having friends come in and add to tracks. By the time the record was done we had a solid line-up and have since been playing out and trying to spread the word about our band and our new record.” Indeed, as you’ll hear in the tracks below, the line-up does seem solid. In fact, Fax Holiday sounds like a band that has been playing together for years, and one intent on making its own way in the world – eschewing genre and convention for the sake of finding the right sound for the song at hand. And honestly, as debut albums go, this one fills me with hope for Fax Holiday’s future.

But rather than have me go on and on, let me give you a bit of a taste. Oh, and if you want to follow along, the lyrics are all on the bandcamp page. First up, is the rock-tinged “Ouroboros” – a great track for showing off the band’s group dynamic:

Download

At the other end of Rope & Wine is the melancholy “Chameleon.” It’s a track that showcases the more folk-oriented elements of Fax Holiday, even as it begins to turn again to rock at the end. If nothing else, I think the track shows the difficulty of classifying the genre of truly original bands (and I mean that in the best possible sense):

Download

And here’s the rest of Rope & Wine:

If you like what you hear, you can get the album over at bandcamp for a Radiohead-esque “Name Your Own Price.” It’s well worth shelling out for, and I encourage you to help support an up-and-coming band. And if you want to take the band in live, they’ll be opening for Walt Mink at T.T. the Bear’s place in Boston on July 27th. Here’s a link to tickets for that show – maybe I’ll see you there? - Jon Martin


Discography

Rope and Wine (LP) - 2011 (self-released)
Demos 2006-1010 (LP) - 2011 (self-released)
Lots of Glass, and Good Longing (single) - 2012 (self-released)

our song "Roll to Blind" appears on a compilation vinyl called Now Doves Fly Here, released in 2012 by DeEfodiar.

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