The Fresh & Onlys


    San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys are back, following up 2012′s stunning Long Slow Dance with Soothsayer, a special digital and 12″ vinyl installment release. Featuring six brand new tracks that are heavy on the pop-side, the Onlys reconfirm their effortless songwriting panache and renowned stylistic flexibility – shifting from driving, anthemic choruses to down-home folk with absolute comfort and ease.

    From the opening title-track, with its jaunty bridge and studied ’60s pop sensibility, it’s clear that the band are still masters of the (deceptively) simple melody. “God of Suez” is a swaying, beach-ready boogie, with a charming Mamas & Papas guitar lick, whilst “Forest Down Annie”‘s slow, reverent pace and psychedelic guitar flourishes harken back to the group’s gloomier earlier releases. Closer “Deluge of War” boasts a soaring, harmonic chorus – finishing up Soothsayer on a high.

    “Strong”, “solid” or “dependable” might not be the most buzz-worthy words in the current musical zeitgeist, but in an age where so many bands are masking songs with muddied production and studio trickery, it’s refreshing to hear some truly great songwriting and musicianship shine through.

    On Tour

    11-13 Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
    11-14 Leipzig, DE @ Goldhorn
    11-15 Koeln, DE @ King Georg
    11-17 Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
    11-18 London, UK @ The Lexington
    11-19 Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère
    11-20 Gent, BE @ Charlatan
    11-21 Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
    11-22 Groningen, NL @ Vera
    11-25 San-Sebastian, ES @ Dabadaba
    11-26 Barcelona, ES @ Heliogabal
    11-27 Madrid, ES @ Moby Dick
    11-28 Guimaraes, PT @ CCVF
    11-29 Lisbon, PT @ Vodafone Mexefest
    12-2 Duedingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
    12-3 Luzern, CH @ Suedpol
    12-4 Milan, IT @ Biko
    12-5 Rome, IT @ Circolo degli Artisti
    12-6 Osima, IT @ Loop Club
    12-8 Vienna, AT @ Rhiz