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Despite a plague of misfortune, Fono's sophomore album outdoes their first.

A lot has happened in the five years since Fono released their debut album, GoesAroundComesAround. They've toured with bands like the Goo Goo Dolls, lost all of their equipment, master recordings and instruments when their studio burned to the ground in the San Diego fires of 2003, and they've even added a new member to the band.

You could say that all of this has helped to make the release of their new EP, It's The Way That You Use It, well worth the wait because this album absolutely shines.

Gone is the slightly pop-like sensibility of the first album and in its place is nothing but standout rock tracks that are straight out of the end of the grunge era. Melodic guitars lead the driving rhythms of "Freeze Frame" and "Radio," two songs whose hooks absolutely beg you to turn your volume button all the way up, and singer Del Currie's voice soars into the stratosphere on tracks like "Headlights" and "Sunlight Silence." An acoustic version of "Alcatraz" appears at the end of this seven-song adventure and is the only break from the sonic rollercoaster ride that this disc takes you on, but even this track is a groovy ride.

Perhaps the most interesting track is "Falling Man." Portions are unintelligible without the lyrics right in front of you, but towards the end when Currie breathes, "You can't jump in the arms of God / You can't jump, you have to fall," you'll hear a microcosm of the album's content. Way focuses heavily on looking forward to the future by learning from the mistakes and heartache of the past, and when Currie's trademark cry and throaty vocals greet us in song, we feel his conviction.

If you enjoyed their first record, you will enjoy It's the Way That You Use It; and if you've not heard of Fono, this is the perfect way to be introduced to them, as this is one of the must-have rock albums of the year. - Infuze


Who: British gone SoCal quartet who has toured with just about every big name in modern rock, been featured on various MTV reality shows and who lost all their belongings in the California wildfires last year.

Sounds Like: Think U2 meets Goo Goo Dolls meets Acceptance and before you're like "They must suck," I must assure you they don't.

How Is It?: Modern rock is a dying breed here in the states, but Fono, giving the right expose, can change that. They are melodic while not being overly poppy and gritty without being over bearing. This is some of the best rock and roll to come around in a long time. American bands need to take notice and learn something. - Decoy Music


It's the Way That You Use It

After suffering the loss of their studio, and equipment in the California wildfires of 2003, Fono regroups to put forth this profound collection entitled "Its The Way You Use It."

Fono is still doing what they have always done best: intricate indie rock filled with powerful riffs, and driving percussion. The songs styles range from dark Nirvana type grunge, to liberating U2 pop rock. "Alcatraz" and "Its The Way You Use It" are examples of the former; "Sunlight Silence" and "Radio" are examples of the latter. Aside from these influences Fono breaks out with an altogether original style in "Freeze Frame" and "Falling Man."

This seven-song collection left me wanting so much more. I was glad to hear Fono once again, and my feelings listening to the new acoustic version of "Alcatraz" can only be described as elation. I like Fono, and I think this album represents a great step forward for them.

Key Song: "Falling Man"

Reviewed by: Jared St. Martin Brown

- 1340 Mag


2004-11-17 - Fono is back and rocking harder than ever before.


It's been five years since Fono released their US debut, Goesaroundcomesaround. Now, after releasing a number of MP3 tracks over the years and after suffering the lost of their studio and all their recordings to the San Diego fires of November 2003, Fono is finally back with a 7-track disc that rocks harder than ever before.


The title track that opens the album is arguably the best here. If you're worried within the first couple minutes that Fono have become formulaic with this melody-driven track, just enjoy the tune and wait a bit longer - you'll definitely be pleasantly surprised with the guitar solo that hits at the 3 minute mark. Thematically, this song drives at the purpose of life with the sobering refrain 'It's the way that you use it / It's the way you confess / It's the way you abuse it / The way that you waste.'


The second track, 'Freeze Frame,' was previously released by Fono on their old (now gone) MP3.com site. Pounding guitars and Del Currie's strong vocals toss the listener back and forth against catchy waves of sheer sonic brilliance. Also from Fono's MP3.com days is track six, 'Radio,' again carried by pulsing guitar riffs and passionate vocals.


The remaining three new tracks are all strong Fono rock tracks. Trembling guitars and Currie's signature vocals push 'Sunlight Silence' to fantastic heights. 'Headlights' is a spot-on middle-album track that is not quite as lyrically or melodically interesting as the rest of the album as it continues the search for meaning, at least until the final cry 'Want to go out like a hero, a hero / And say, if only you could dream, if only you could fly, if only you could say goodbye.' The last new track 'Falling Man' gives 'It's The Way That You Use It' a run for its money with a simple picture, sad words, and an amazing rock chorus set apart by slightly gentler verses. The last track on this disc is a moving and technically accomplished acoustic rendition of 'Alcatraz' from Fono's first disc Goesaroundcomesaround. It's definitely a real treat to have this unique arrangement of this familiar song close the album.


Overall, Fono made good choices here to release this as an EP rather than as a full-length album. They could have thrown on the rest of their MP3.com tracks but if they had done that, the disc wouldn't have been as strong. The subway and live photos in the lyric booklet are great, as is the overall album design. However, if you cringe at spelling mistakes, don't spend too much time in the lyric booklet as a few glaring typos will annoy you. On the positive side, there's a couple of interesting differences between what Currie sings and what is printed. You'll also notice that the design use of bold-face for the first usage of the track title in the track lyrics is only done on one page of the lyrics and not for the rest of the songs, which is too bad.


If you enjoyed Fono's debut Goesaroundcomesaround, or if you're looking for a rock album that knows how to rock in fresh and invigorating ways, then this album is for you. You can sample and purchase this album at Fono's website www.fono.net.
- Planet


Fono - goesaroundcomesaround
While we all know and love Big Deal for the excellent assortment of sparkling pop music they have given us over the years, they have always seemed to lack an act that would really put them on the map. I, for one, would love to see a group like Barely Pink or Splitsville turn Big Deal into a household name, but let's face it: it ain't likely to happen. Big Deal's stable of pop bands, delightful as they may be, don't necessarily appeal to a massive contingent.

But that could all change in a big way with Fono, Big Deal's latest acquisition. Fono explode with exactly the kind of modern rock/pop that radio stations and MTV are constantly hammering down our throats. If the radio played a Fono song like "Collide" or "Drift Away" and a Goo Goo Dolls song back to back, they would surely have their listeners scratching their heads trying to decide which one is selling out arenas and which one is the upstart. And if the radio stations know what they’re doing, they won't give up on goesaroundcomesaround prematurely, as there are at least four songs with chart topping single potential here.

Set to come crashing through the door opened by Bush and Blur, British boys Fono will be bringing their intense live show across the shores, and will no doubt win over many new fans with their tight, aggressive (in a good way) and melodic rock sound.

Joe Lutz - Amplifier


Discography

Goesaroundcomesaround - 2000
2 x No 1 singles in the Progressive airplay chart

It's the way that you us it - 2004
No 20 in the Specialty Airplay Chart
No 7 in the Uncle Chart

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Toured for over 5 months with Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind
Played over 200 shows in the USA to over 500,000 people.
Debut album sold over 40,000 CDs independently in the US and Europe

Finalist in the Billboard Indie World Series
Featured in Billboard’s Heatseekers, Hits magazine, Kerrang!(UK)
Album of the Month in the BMG catalog
Best Unsigned Band in Kerrang! Magazine
Features on demodiaries and Babyface’s tonos.com

Featured on Miller Genuine Draft Blind Tracks US national radio campaign
‘Collide’ featured in the Warren Millar “Cold Fusion” film
Songs featured on various ABC and MTV shows
Track on JVC ‘Full Tilt’ album
Appeared on Radio 1’s The Net
Featured on Radio 5 Live
30 Minute special on BBC World Service
‘A’ listed on XFM,
Interviews with Zane Lowe, MTV Europe

Top 10 – Hits Specialty Airplay Chart
Top 10 – Belgium’s National Radio 21
Two #1s – Progressive Airplay Chart

Performed everywhere from Sweden and Germany to the Viper Room and CBGBs
Shows with Robert Plant, Bon Jovi, Moke, Stir, Sneaker Pimps, Tonic, Guano Apes

Recorded with Howie Beno (Ministry, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Recorded with Robbie Takac (Goo Goo Dolls)
‘goesaroundcomesaround’ produced by Adi Winman (Supergrass, Jamiroquai)
‘It’s the Way That You Use It’ mixed by Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Green Day), mastered by Bill Dooley (Madonna, Deftones)

Every young band gets to deal with a certain amount of struggle and drama in their journey. Call it paying their dues. Call it learning the ropes. But the San Diego based Fono has more in their story than most bands ever dream of. The average band gets to deal with an irresponsible drummer, cancelled shows or maybe some stolen gear, but Fono never dreamed their story would include the worst fires Southern California has ever seen. Fono knows that life is all about the way that you use your situation – and out of trials, your best can be achieved.

Fono formed outside of London in late1996. Del, Andy and Ian had never played live, but wrote and recorded a ten song demo to get some shows. They submitted the project in a contest and won – making Fono’s first performance a slot opening for Bon Jovi at the Milton Keynes Bowl in front of 50,000 people.

The trio recorded their debut project “goesaroundcomesaround” in London with Adi Winman (Supergrass, Jamiroquai) which received a huge response, including a 30 minute special on BBC World Service, A listed on XFM, top 10 songs on Belgium’s Radio 21 and the Hits Specialty Airplay chart, Best Unsigned Band honors from Kerrang! and numerous interviews with Zane Lowe of MTV Europe. Fono was back and forth between the US and Europe, opening for bands such as the Goo Goo Dolls and Tonic.

Fast forward to 2001, when Del and Andy officially relocate to San Diego to ease the multi-continent commute. Soren joins the band after meeting the guys at a recording studio. Cindy fits perfectly on bass after being recommended by a friend. Life is moving ahead as planned. Fono is gaining fans, Billboard ranks them as one of the Top 6 Independent Bands in the Southwest, and their hooky songs are becoming favorites of Music Supervisors in neighboring LA. The band continues life on the road, touring with acts such as the Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind

October 2003. Fono is days away from completing their much anticipated follow-up EP, when their studio is engulfed by the infamous California wildfires. The fires took everything – gear, studio equipment, tour souvenirs, and computers – which contained all the tracks for their new project.

The band had already written The Way That You Use It, but the song took on new meaning as they rebuilt and re-recorded after the fires. “So many people around were worse off than we were,” explains Del. “Yes, we lost our studio, but we still had our homes and no one was hurt. We realized that that song had new meaning for us. Originally it was about the use and abuse of power and position, however now to us, it’s more about the way you use your situation. We felt like we needed to make it the title of the album”

So the band went back in the studio with Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Weezer, Green Day) and started over. Some songs were re-recorded, some were salvaged, two more were added. Bill Dooley (Madonna, Deftons) was enlisted to master the project.

One of the songs added to the album is Falling Man. The song was inspired by the powerful New York Times photo by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Richard Drew of a man jumping from one of the World Trade Towers. “The song isn’t meant to be about 9/11. When I was looking at that picture, I was trying to imagine what goes through your head when your best option is to jump 80 stories.”

Fono has proven to be a group that can rise above any circumstance, rise above what would end most bands, and continue making music that not only entertains, it inspires. And Fono knows