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Fenech-Soler & Knox Hamilton

UK electro-act back with a brand new album "Zilla"

Fenech-Soler & Knox Hamilton

Thu, May 18

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Fenech-Soler
Fenech-Soler
Glastonbury 2011. As Fenech-Soler's set draws to a close in a packed tent filled with people who knew and adored their songs, the band's four members experience a flood of emotions. Fenech-Soler had reached a point that all young bands dream about- huge label backing, play-listed at BBC Radio One, a sold out tour and a premiere set at UK's most storied festival. This set marked not just the precipice of major success but also, the beginning of their enforced break as a band. Lead singer Ben had been diagnosed with cancer. Incredibly, Ben's diagnosis repeated that of his brother Ross, guitarist in the band, many years before.
 After the fest, Ben returned home for an operation and then three rounds of chemotherapy in as many months, which then required several weeks of recuperation. Thanks to Ben's immediate treatment, he was eventually given a clean bill of health and the band set out to head back to work. A slot opening for Phoenix and Miike Snow on an Australian tour brought the band back together in the live setting for the first time. "Is anyone still going to care about the band?" recalls bassist Daniel Soler of the band's collective fear before the shows. Their nerves were settled when they walked on stage and were greeted by a sea of faces and a crowd singing along. "That reaction really gave us the drive to push things even further. It felt like the start of a new era.
Inspired by the brilliance their touring partners during the Australian tour, Fenech-Soler turned such devastating news into a positive as they focused on improving as a live band. After Ben's recovery, Glastonbury 2013 marked their UK return. A show that would prove to be their resurrection – and they celebrated their resurgence with three sets at the festival.

 "We wanted to make this right because we know that it could so easily have been taken away from us," affirms drummer Andrew. "We wanted to put something out that we were really happy with because we know how fragile it is – both the industry and anyone involved. It could easily end at any time."


Determined to build on the foundations of their debut album campaign, Glastonbury was the initial spark that ignited their creativity to deliver their second album Rituals (released late 2013 ex US), a euphoric concoction of pulsating energy born from their dance roots mixed with a new found desire to push the pop elements of their sound to the fore. Their distinct niche is electronic-based music delivered with a beating human heart.

"I think the pop element is certainly something that wasn't calculated, but also something that we didn't decide to turn our back on," begins vocalist Ben Duffy. "For us, it's been about paying attention to what makes a good song. We haven't been afraid to make a pop record. It's about connecting with people on a universal level while remaining true to our roots."


Those roots were initially firmly established when the Northamptonshire quartet first came to the attention of Daft Punk collaborator Alan Braxe in 2009, who subsequently signed the group to his retro-futurist Parisian label Vulture to issue their debut single 'The Cult of Romance'. Subsequent releases – 'Lies' and 'Stop & Stare' – on the forward-thinking independent electronic label Moda only accentuated their growing reputation, as did their appearance on a Kitsune compilation the patronage of Groove Armada who took Fenech-Soler on tour and and had the band guest on their single "Paper Romance". 


With a stalled UK campaign, the band was unable to tour in the US properly. Their first release in the states will be an EP out on SO Recordings/ Caroline this March. The EP serves as an introduction to the band. The compilation features a "Cult of Romance" re-mix compliments of super-producer and early supporter Alan Braxe; an Alex Metric re-mix of "Lies"; their mega-hit "Stop and Stare" and the recently released dance track "In Our Blood." In addition to this first EP, the band will have a special Record Sore Day Release in April featuring remixes by Yuksek, Gemini, Chainsmokers and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Their full album is due this summer. Having overcome a multitude of challenges, finally releasing their music in the US signifies the completion of Fenech-Soler's rebirth. This time they can control their own destiny.
Knox Hamilton
Knox Hamilton
Fueled by the similar staples within their collective musical taste, the members of Knox Hamilton blend laid back guitar riffs and catchy bass lines with rhythmic drum beats and soaring vocals to produce a sound that's as likely to make you want to visit the beach as it is to move your feet. The Great Hall EP is a culmination of the bands eclectic musical sensibilities, as individuals, and their combined infatuation with indie pop rock, as a band. The EP could easily be trimmed to simple, commercial-length soundbites, but it could also accompany you on a cross-country road trip.