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Seattle's Fences bring melancholic folk-pop

Seattle's Fences bring melancholic folk-pop

Elektra recording artist Fences has unveiled their latest single "Sunburns." The song - produced by Chris Walla, co-founder and former guitarist/songwriter for Death Cab For Cutie – is featured on the Seattle-based band's label debut "LESSER OCEANS."

To coincide with the release of "LESSER OCEANS," Fences will begin a cross-country trek as main support for The Mowglis beginning March 25th at The Independent in San Francisco.  The tour includes stops at New York City's Bowery Ballroom (April 16th), Nashville's Mercy Lounge (April 21st), and Austin's The Parish (May 1st) before it's Los Angeles finale at the Regent Theatre (May 8th).  Following the tour, the band will immediately head to Atlanta for the Shaky Knees Music Festival during the weekend of May 8th-10th (see attached itinerary).  Additional festival performances will be announced shortly.
 
"LESSER OCEANS" sees Fences singer/songwriter Christopher Mansfield mastering his distinctive brand of melancholic folk-pop and bittersweet slacker anthems, and features production from such studio luminaries as Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Lonely Forest) who helmed the album's single "Sunburns."  A collaboration with longtime Seattle friends Macklemore and Ryan Lewis yielded the album track "Arrows," which garnered national television appearances on NBC's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, ABC's Good Morning America, and the nationally syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show last fall.  A recent 2 page spread in NYLON Guys enthused, "Lesser Oceans expands on the indie-folk sound Fences' debut, adding a shimmery Death Cab for Cutie-esque layer to the melodies."
 
The idea of Fences first got underway in Boston, a time Mansfield spent studying at Berklee College of Music while also perfecting his haunting songcraft. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, he self-released his first Fences recordings as the now exceedingly rare "ULTIMATE PUKE EP." Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara subsequently discovered Mansfield's music and co-produced his self-titled full length debut, which was greeted with unanimous critical applause upon its 2010 release, including  SPIN naming it among its "10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed This Year."  Fences has toured alongside such like-minded artists as Tegan & Sara, Against Me!, Hellogoodbye, and more recently with Macklemore, Andrew McMahon, and Bear Hands.  Additionally, they've performed standout sets at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands.

FENCES
Tour Dates – Spring 2015
 
MARCH
25           San Francisco, CA             The Independent
27           Portland, OR                     Wonderland Ballroom
28           Seattle, WA                       The Crocodile
29           Vancouver, Canada          Media Club
31           Salt Lake City, UT              Kilby Court Gallery
 
APRIL
02           Kansas City, MO                 The Midland
03           Minneapolis, MN                Varsity Theatre
04           Chicago, IL                          Metro
06           St. Louis, MO                      The Ready Room
07           Columbus, OH                    The A&R Music Bar
08           Indianapolis, IN                  Deluxe @ Old National Center
09           Detroit, MI                         The Shelter
10           Toronto, Canada                The Garrison
11           Montreal, QC                     La Vitrola
14           Boston, MA                        Paradise Rock Club
15           Brooklyn, NY                      Music Hall of Williamsburg
16           New York, NY                     Bowery Ballroom
17           Philadelphia, PA                 Union Transfer
18           Washington, D.C.               U Street Music Hall
21           Nashville, TN                      Mercy Lounge
23           Tallahassee, FL                  Florida State University Club Down Under
24           Ft. Lauderdale, FL              Culture Room
25           Orlando, FL                        The Social
26           Jacksonville, FL                  Jack Rabbits
30           Dallas, TX                           House of Blues- Cambridge Room
 
MAY
01           Austin, TX                           The Parish
02           Houston, TX                        Fitzgerald's Downstairs
05           Phoenix, AZ                        Crescent Ballroom
07           San Diego, CA                    Casbah
08           Los Angeles, CA                 The Regent Theatre
08-10     Atlanta, GA                       Shaky Knees Music Festival


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