Federale – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – April 13th, 2018

Federale

10 Year Anniversary & Reissue Release Show for Federale's "La Rayar" on Fluff & Gravy Records

Federale

Fernando, Evan Thomas Way (of The Parson Red Heads)

Friday, April 13, 2018

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

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

Federale
Federale
Ten years ago (2008) in Portland Federale released its first record: "La Rayar" on CD. The group of seven musicians known as Federale had already been together for two years, played fistfuls of shows, had a solid following, and had been through Hell. They were on their third drummer (having lost founding drummer Ryan Sumner to a heart condition) and their second trumpet player. But Federale still somehow had the wind in their sails. The release of this film-inspired concept record tells a classic tale of vengeance, revenge, and redemption. A story not unlike those told in the Spaghetti Western films that were the inspiration for Federale's music.

Forged from day-drinking & film viewing sessions by a bunch of 20 something ne'er-do-wells, the musical concepts of La Rayar were surprisingly ambitious. This was not meant to be a mere rock band. Nor a surf rock, rockabilly, country, psychedelic, or any genre'd band. Federale was to write and play soundtracks to films that did not exist. Fictitious films imagined during these day-drinking sessions. The arrangements would include whistling, trumpet, twangy guitars, sound effects, and heavily effected keyboard parts. Themes for the story's characters are introduced in a manner more akin to Peter and the Wolf than to Steppenwolf. A narration (in Spanish) guides the listener through the story, helping to fill the gaps left by the lack of an actual film. Characters are betrayed, they seek revenge, one falls close to death and experiences a psychedelic vision.. And it all builds to a climactic gun duel between the forces of Good and Evil in the album's final song: "Vendetta."

In the ten years that followed Federale went through One more drummer, Two more trumpet players, Three guitarists, Two percussionists, and wound up with Two new lead singers and added a pedal steel guitar... They also had songs in real soundtracks such as "The LEGO Movie" (2014). They formed a partnership with indie film maker Ana Lily Amirpour creating music for her acclaimed gothic vampire film noir, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" (2014), and "The Bad Batch" (2016). And they have released three more varied yet similarly cinematic records. They also wrote a theme song to Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012), which did not get used. A point of contention for Federale to this day.

Today in 2018 Federale are close to releasing their 5th studio record (as of yet untitled). But before they do, they want to take a moment to celebrate their first: "La Rayar." This release marks Federale's first release through Fluff & Gravy Records! The album has been updated from its original form in several ways. It has been Re-mixed, Re-mastered, and some tracks have even been Re-recorded! It also features Re-Imagined Artwork & represents the album's first release on Vinyl!
Fernando
Fernando
Fernando Viciconte combines incisively melodic songwriting, edgy, Crazy Horse-like rock and a passionate vocal twang that leaves no doubt he means every note that springs from his lips. Think of a south of the border-inflected Neil Young, or Tom Petty in his angst-ier days.

Fernando Viciconte-the Portland, Oregon troubadour with twenty years of local and national acclaim under his belt-crawls from the wreckage of the recent past unbowed, bruised but unbroken. He has survived major surgery for a throat condition and thus what could have been existential silence for 'that voice'. It's a voice that caused countless rags like Billboard, Magnet, Paste, The Oregonian, No Depression(and on and on) plus fellow musicians like Peter Buck from REM, Don Dixon, and Steve Wynn to rave wildly about the feeling it evokes when he's singing his songs of dark despair and faint hope. These rock n roll laments, in both Spanish and English have captured the imaginations of his hometown for seven records, countless compilations, and memorable shows. Now Fernando--and 'that voice' --has emerged stronger than ever with a full-length LP entitled "Leave the Radio On", produced with Luther Russell (Fever the Ghost, Richmond Fontaine) & Mike Coykendall (M.Ward, She and Him)and led off by his first 45 release ever, "The Dogs b/w "Donna(The Pride Of Topeka)' as well as several major upcoming tours. The new album features a virtual who's who of Portland's finest musicians, including Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM and members of M.Ward, Elliott Smith, Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. This is a new chapter in Viciconte's ever-evolving musical trajectory, a career marked by creative integrity and an almost painful honesty which attracts fans from high and low that still believe in the redemptive power of rock and roll. And 'that voice'.

Biography

Argentina-born Fernando Viciconte came of age musically in L.A. fronting the popular hard rock band Monkey Paw. He moved to Portland, OR, in 1994 and released Season in Hell, a downbeat collection of country rock, in 1996. His sophomore effort, Widows, saw a harder-edged approach that at times recalled his Southern California days. The Spanish language album Pacoima (1998) represented an abrupt shift as Fernando explored his So Cal barrio roots, swinging from border rock to Tex-Mex to Mexican R&B. Sure enough, he changed gears yet again for Old Man Motel (1999), indulging in a powerful collection of relatively straight-ahead rock. 2001 found Fernando leaving Cravedog Records for his own label Domingo Records which released Dreams of the Sun and Sky, a startlingly gorgeous collection of gauzy, narcotic tracks with Latin and country-folk accents. The Oregonian named this album a top ten release of 2001. In 2006, Fernando returned from a hiatus from music and he delivered his most critically received record to date Enter to Exit. For this project, Fernando teamed up with long time friends from the Eels, Jeff “Chet” Lyster(who also plays guitar for Lucinda Williams)and Derek Brown with Paul Brainerd from Richmond Fontaine, Lewi Longmire and John Amadon to make what many critics called one of the best pop rock records of 2006. Magnet Magazine went as far as naming Fernando one of the best new artists of 2006 in their year end issue. The album also garnered glowing reviews from Billboard, Paste, Amplifier, No Depression, and MSNBC.com. Fast forward to 2010 to the release of Fernando’s most recent release True Instigator. This album sees Fernando exploring his Americana, Spanish and classic country roots to make what is soon to be a classic Northwest release. The album was recorded with famed producer Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western, M. Ward) at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon. Fernando is currently in the Studio working on his 8th CD which he is recording with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey(REM, Minus 5, Baseball Project) and his long time band.The album is being co-produced by Mike Coykendall and Fernando at Blue Room Studios and will be released in late 2012.
Evan Thomas Way (of The Parson Red Heads)
Evan Thomas Way (of The Parson Red Heads)