With their Live from the Banana Stand performance, Fanno Creek provides the best evidence yet for their status as one of the best new bands in Portland.
It's interesting, in a way, that the album provides me such a joyous listening experience. Its subject matter seems to often fall on the bluesier side of the folk/rock/country spectrum that Fanno Creek inhabits, with songs about, amongst other topics, yearning, solitude, and "jobs you fucking hate." It's a credit to the band's songwriting that that tracks often feel so positive. With jangling strings, rich vocal harmonies, and powerful drumming driving each song, the band's combination of soulful songwriting and dynamic delivery creates an engaging tension.
This album is a credit to the band as performers as well. Spanning 19 songs -- even with several unreleased tracks, only a fraction of the Fanno Creek catalog -- the trio's set was brilliantly delivered before a rapt audience. It is really impressive that one of our longest performances to date was also one of the deftest we've had the pleasure of hosting.
Mixing engineer Tim Shrout (BadlandsPDX) and mastering engineer Chris Vita (Vita Mastering) each deserve mention as well. Both did phenomenal work, the result of which is one of our best-sounding albums, and one which we're really proud to have been a part of.
We hope you like it as much as we do! If you do like the album and can spare any loot, please buy the album in our online store when it comes out on Tuesday, September 11th. All proceeds are split with bands and post-production staff, and Banana Stand's share goes directly to bringing you more live albums and videos like those from Fanno Creek.
Fanno Creek - Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on April 7th, 2012 at Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed by Tim Shrout and mastered by Chris Vita. Michael McInerney produced art for the album, which includes original photography from various 'Standers and the original show poster, also by Brian. The Banana Stand would like to thank Fanno Creek (Quinn, Evan, and Dane), all who participated in this album's creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.
Video by Collective-47 Productions. Camera operators: Mike McInerney, Darren Hartman, Brian T. Baker, and Jennifer Sowell.