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The LaFontaines are a Rock band from Motherwell, Scotland. They have released two studio albums called Class and Common Problem. Their third album Junior is set to release on 14 June 2019.

The LaFontaines
OriginMotherwell, Scotland
Genres
Years active2008-present
LabelsSO Recordings
A Wolf at Your Door
LAB Records
889 Records

Contents

HistoryEdit

Formation 2008–2012Edit

The band played their first concert at King Tuts Wah Wah hut on 26 June 2008[1] opening for American rap duo The Cool Kids. They then went on to build a local following with shows supporting Beardyman, N-Dubz, Chiddy Bang, Mongrel & Example and Festival appearances at Rockness & Live At Loch Lomond.

In 2011 John Gerard replaced bassist Anna Smith and the band embarked on their first tour of the UK supporting Twin Atlantic. They released their first music video for ‘Paper Chase’[2] and were selected to perform on the T Break stage at T in the Park, making history as the first act to have the tent refuse entry due to being at capacity. A headline Scottish Tour followed this with a sold out date at Stereo in Glasgow.

The following year they continued to tour the UK supporting 3OH3! & The Blackout and self released their first single ‘Light Up The Background’

Early Releases 2013 - 2014Edit

On 6 April 2013 the band hosted Club Fontaine,[3] a sold out, formal, 50s inspired show Glasgow's Classic Grand and that summer headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at T in the Park as well as performing at Wickerman Festival & Belladrum Festival.

The single All She Knows was released via LAB records on 27 October 2013[4] and saw the band head out on tour with Canterbury to promote this. The track was played on BBC Radio 1 and playlisted by BBC Radio Scotland.

April 2014 saw the band play their first shows in the United States with shows at both The Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom[5] in New York. Returning from the States they headed out on tour with Bad Rabbits to promote their new single Under The Storm which was released via LAB Records on 27 April 2014.[6] The single entered the Indie Breakers chart top 20 and is the band's most streamed song to date.

They decamped to Woking that summer to record their debut album Class with producer Matt O’Grady[7] (You Me At Six, Don Broco, Deaf Havana) and headed out on their first tour of Europe with Watsky and Anderson Paak, finishing with a sold-out homecoming headline show at Glasgows ABC[8] with support from Vukovi & Gerry Cinnamon.

Class 2015 -16Edit

The band travelled to Marrakesh in early 2015 to film the music video for King[9] which would be the first single from their debut album Class.

Class was released on 6 June 2015 via 889 records, a label set up by the band using funding from Creative Scotland and debuted at 10 in the Scottish Album Chart and number 98[10] in the UK Albums Chart. That summer they opened the main stage at T in The Park and headed out on their own headline UK tour to support the album release as well as support tours with Doomtree & Eliza & The Bear, ending with the band's biggest headline show to date at the Glasgow Barrowlands.

The LaFontaines supported The Summer Set on tour in May 2016 which was followed by festival appearances at 2000 Trees, Belladrum & Secret Garden Party. Guitarist Iain Findlay left the band to focus on management and that November they embarked on a headline UK & Ireland tour to support their new single ‘Release The Hounds’

Common Problem 2017- 2018Edit

Common Problem was recorded at the beginning of 2017 in Manchester with Joe Cross[11] (Courteeners, Hurts) and was released on 27 October 2017 via A Wolf at Your Door Records.

That summer the band performed at Download Festival, The Great Escape, TRNSMT, Reehaperbhan and opened the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage at Leeds & Reading. The first single from the album ‘Asleep’[12] was released on 27 August 2017 and was followed by Common Problem which saw the band travel to Venice, Italy to shoot the music video[13]

Winter 2017 saw the band head out on their most successful headline tour thus far, including a sold-out show at London's Boston Music Room as well as another sold-out show at Glasgow Barrowlands, where the band were introduced on stage by Game Of Thrones actor Rory McCann.[14]

In April 2018 bassist John Gerard left the band and they continued to perform as a four piece with guitarist Neil Mulholland.

The band supported Don Broco[15] throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe in April/May 2018.

On 15 June 2018 the band released Up via SO Recordings and embarked on a headline tour of the UK, Ireland & Europe throughout September & October in support of this.[16]

The LaFontaines replaced J Hus on the main stage at TRNSMT festival on 30 June 2018 as well as appearing on the main stage at Belladrum in Scotland and at Hammer Summer & Eier Mit Speck in Germany that summer.[17][18][19][20]

On 9 December 2018 the band performed at the NH7 Weekender in Pune, India and closed out the year with a homecoming show at Motherwell Concert Hall on 23 December.[21]

Junior 2019 - presentEdit

On 8 March 2019, the band announced the departure of guitarist/vocalist Neill Mulholland with a tongue in cheek post which references drummer Jamie Keenan taking on lead vocals and four days later, released the first single from their new album 'Junior' - All In.[22]

In March 2019 they supported Deaf Havana throughout the UK & Ireland.[23]

Their third album 'Junior' will be released on 14 June 2019 via SO Recordings and the band will support this release with a tour of intimate venues across the UK.[24]

MembersEdit

PresentEdit

  • Kerr Okan - Vocals (2008–present)
  • Darren McCaughey - Guitar, Production (2008–present)
  • Jamie Keenan - Vocals, Drums (2008–present)

FormerEdit

  • Anna Smith - Bass (2008 - 2011)
  • Iain Findlay - Guitar (2008 - 2016)
  • John Gerard - Vocals, Bass (2011 - 2018)
  • Neil Mulholland - Vocals, Guitar (2016–2019[25])

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Class (2015)
  • Common Problem (2017)
  • Junior (2019)

EPsEdit

  • All She Knows (2013)
  • Under the Storm (2014)

SinglesEdit

  • Light Up the Background (2012)
  • All She Knows (2013)
  • Under the Storm (2014)
  • King (2015)
  • Junior Dragon (2015)
  • Release The Hounds (2016)
  • Asleep (2017)
  • Common Problem (2017)
  • Too Late (2017)
  • Armour (2018)
  • Up (2018)
  • All In (2019)
  • Alpha (2019)

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ TheLaFontaines (28 July 2011), The LaFontaines - "Paper Chase", retrieved 16 April 2018
  3. ^ "Live Review : The LaFontaines, Classic Grand, Glasgow (6/4/13) | Fashion and Art Underground | Gutter Magazine". www.guttermagazine.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
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  5. ^ "The LaFontaines announce first US shows". LAB Records. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ "The LaFontaines Under The Storm EP out now". LAB Records. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Matt O'Grady (@MattOGrady) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  8. ^ TheLaFontaines (1 April 2015), The LaFontaines - Pon De Fonts (Live 02 ABC), retrieved 16 April 2018
  9. ^ TheLaFontainesVEVO (26 April 2015), The LaFontaines - King, retrieved 16 April 2018
  10. ^ "LAFONTAINES | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  11. ^ "The LaFontaines to release new album "Common Problem" on Wolf At Your Door Records". VultureHound + SteelChair Magazine - Music, Film, TV + Wrestling. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  12. ^ TheLaFontainesVEVO (16 August 2017), The LaFontaines - Asleep, retrieved 16 April 2018
  13. ^ TheLaFontainesVEVO (28 September 2017), The LaFontaines - Common Problem, retrieved 16 April 2018
  14. ^ "The LaFontaines brought a very special guest on stage at Glasgow's Barrowlands". glasgowlive. Glasgow Live. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Rob Damiani on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  16. ^ "The LaFontaines (@TheLaFontaines) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Rapper J Hus pulls out of TRNSMT festival". BBC News. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  18. ^ John H (5 August 2018), BELLADRUM 2018 - THE LAFONTAINES - UP, retrieved 13 November 2018
  19. ^ Westfälischer Anzeiger (29 June 2018), Glasperlenspiel beim Hammer Summer 2018, retrieved 13 November 2018
  20. ^ "The LaFontaines". www.eiermitspeck.de (in German). Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  21. ^ "The LaFontaines | CultureNL". CultureNL. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  22. ^ https://twitter.com/thelafontaines/status/1104428407662755842?s=21
  23. ^ "The LaFontaines (@TheLaFontaines) on Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  24. ^ "The LaFontaines Official Online Store : Merch, Music, Downloads & Clothing". thelafontaines.tmstor.es. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  25. ^ LaFontaines, The (8 March 2019). "A STAR IS BORN pic.twitter.com/La4kVaolvi". @TheLaFontaines. Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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