The Fatales

The Fatales

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Biography

Since their formation in 2002, The Fatales’ credits have grown to include performances at the 2006 Under the Snow Music Festival in Montreal, the 2003, 2005, & 2006 CMJ Music Marathons, the 2003 & 2004 Fort Reno Benefit Concerts in Washington, D.C., as well as support slots for artists like Stars, The Album Leaf, A Place to Bury Strangers, 22-20s, Film School, The Dresden Dolls, Starlight Mints, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Canyon, Goldrush, Wheat, Lake Trout, Josh Ritter, Kevin Devine, Jeffrey Lewis, Snowden, and Robert Schneider (Apples in Stereo). Their 7-track EP, 2004’s Pretty in Pixels, garnered critical acclaim for its glitchy, moody, atmospheric pop most commonly drawing comparisons to Interpol and Radiohead. In the week of its release, the self-produced, self-released album was the #14 Most Added on CMJ and after two weeks, climbed to #34 on the CMJ Core Charts, receiving steady airplay on 3WK.com, XM Radio, WBCN’s “Nocturnal Emissions” hosted by legendary program director Oedipus, and even KCRW's famed "Morning Becomes Eclectic." Splendid Magazine proclaimed The Fatales, "one of the best unsigned bands in the country."

Pretty in Pixels was recorded and mixed at Headgear Production and Recording Studios (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, T.V. on the Radio, The National, Ambulance, Ltd.) in Brooklyn, NY. The single, Ministry of Defense, has been popular with club DJs throughout North America and Europe, garnering spins by the likes of Bob Mould for his modish D.C. dance party, “Blowoff.” The song was also chosen as the opening track to Velvet Blue’s 2004 unsigned band compilation, Start the Music, selected and produced by Jeff Cloud of Starflyer 59.

In August 2005, The Fatales returned to Headgear Studios to complete the production of a new 4-song demo: The Hollin Hills Sessions. Demonstrating more thoughtful and delicately crafted songwriting, the new compositions are grand, nostalgic, and cinematic in scope, recalling early Danny Elfman or the soundtrack to a David Lynch film noir. All the while the songs maintain the group’s trademark sound: shimmering layers of guitars and synths, lush melodic string arrangements, and meticulously programmed electronics, all driven by a propulsive and dynamic rhythm section. The picturesque effect is dark yet beautiful – dancing in circles while toeing the line of a familiar yet slightly skewed pop structure.

Stadtpark, a song from the new demo, was chosen for Je t’aime, a record compilation including artists Windsor for the Derby, A Northern Chorus , and Mark Robinson (Teenbeat, Unrest), released in March 2006 by Montreal-based Where Are My Records, also available through Darla Records. The song was also featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered in January 2006 and October 2005.

The Fatales are currently working on material for their first full-length LP to be released in 2008.

The Fatales are honored to be part of Ace Fu Records’ subdistribution collective, The Family Business. For more information, visit www.thefamilybusinessnyc.com.

Discography

2004 - Pretty in Pixels EP
2006 - The Hollin Hills Sessions (unreleased 4-song demo)

Set List

8 songs | original | 40 minutes