La Fonda, In The Summer

Get to know the ladies from La Fonda in this interview! They are is a lyrically driven indie dream pop collective from Seattle, led by sisters and singer-songwriters Veronica and Valerie Topacio. We are thrilled that they will be playing at Standard Goods for September Art Walk! Their sound is nostalgic, nodding to the 90's and early 2000's, the era that the sisters grew up in. Learn more abelow and be sure to come by Thursday September 13th to hear them live!

Where did you come up with the name La Fonda

There is a Jane Fonda Record hanging next to our practice space door at the Old Rainier Brewery that has been there ever since we moved in. "La Fonda" sort of slipped out of our tongue one day after one of our earlier band practices. In true millennial form, we looked up the word "Fonda" on Urban Dictionary and saw that it was defined as one who was "Down for Anything," so we were sold. 

Who are some of your musical icons or influences?

This is always a tough question to answer because we are lucky to be consuming in an age of never-ending artistry and music... but to name a few: Stevie Nicks, Carol King, Amy Winehouse, Jenny Lewis/Rilo Kiley, Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Cranberries, Death Cab for Cutie, Alvvays... the list goes on and on...

Can you recall the age you were when you first realized creating music was something you loved doing?

Music has always been a very big part of our lives since as far back as we can remember. We were blessed with a household that encouraged singing at the top of our lungs, playing whatever instrument you could get our hands on, and song writing from a young age. It wasn't until four or five years ago when we realized that singing and writing songs was what we needed to be doing for our souls, so that is when we started taking creating music seriously and using it as a compass to guide and navigate the direction of our lives. 

What era inspires you the most? 

Nostalgia inspires us. We are drawn to the 90s & early 2000s, for this time encapsulates our childhood and lives in the fabric of our beings as we work to find our way amidst a digitalized society. We used to watch TRL religiously after school and obsess over movies like "10 things I hate about you" and "She's All That". We made our friends & cousins who came over to our house play our own version of MTV's "Say What? Karaoke" and make up dance routines to Ace of Base and TLC with us. We love entertaining and turning art into a song...made even better if space buns, chokers, fishnets, and knee highs are included.

When you write a new song, how do you get started?

It varies. Sometimes we work on things separately then come together, or we spend months and months jamming on a few ideas before it actually becomes anything at all. Other times songs reveal themselves in 5 minutes. We both religiously carry around journals everywhere we go and coming together in the living room is always a special place. We could spend hours just jamming sifting through notebook pages, going back and forth until we give each other "the look" of "hey...maybe this could be something."

Has La Fonda brought you closer as sisters? Do you ever butt heads?

We are closer than we have ever been. Music is the way we communicate and entangles and enriches our sisterhood. There is nothing more magical than sharing a dream with your sister, that person who knows your life better than sometimes we know our own selves. We feel extremely blessed to have La Fonda as a shared platform and vision...for our songs truly do light the way for us to heal and connect. The nice thing about working with family is when we butt heads (boy, do we ever) we get over things easily knowing that our intention is always in the best interest of each other. 

Tell us the story behind your new single In The Summer?

This is one of those songs that we kept jamming on for months & months until it finally came together. It's about a love that has kept coming in and out of your life and then finally, you just have to let it go and be okay with what it was. There will always be that feeling of "what if" and it is okay to smile about that sometimes. 

How many hours a day do you spend practicing? 

Depends on the day - As a band we meet 2x/week and can practice for 3-4 hours. Individually, we practice as much as we possibly can. I think we are all pretty much thinking and dreaming about something music related 24/7. 

Where do you see your career going in the future? 

The more time and resources we pour into our dream of being full-time creatives and musicians, the more it seems to be becoming a reality. La Fonda is a big part of our future and ultimately, there is nothing we want more than to continue to tour and share our music with as many places and people that we possibly can. 

Any exciting upcoming gigs?

None that we can announce...but we are excited to be caving up this fall and winter continuing work on recording & producing our debut Album. We are stoked!!!

Guy Keltner, From Acid Tongue

 We are so excited to have Guy Keltner joining us for our August Art Walk performance! Guy has recently moved back to Seattle from New York, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Standard Goods Art Walk! He is one member of the band Acid Tongue, and will be performing solo for us.

Stop by Thursday, August 9th for free music, art, and as always- beer!

Read on to learn more about Guy!

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Tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from?

 My family is all from Los Angeles, but my mom & dad moved us up to Seattle when I was a teenager. After high school, I stuck around, went to UW for Economics, spent most of my 20s here, and I just moved back after living in Brooklyn the past two years.

 

How and where did you become so musically talented?

 I started really young. My folks had me on piano at five, and then I was given a guitar when I turned 10. I think the most important thing in my education was to write a lot of music, at a really young age. I started making my own songs at 11 or 12, so I'm almost two decades in and I still learn new things every day.

 

What is your favorite song to perform and why?

Right now I love closing with "Careless". We change it just enough every time we play it, so it's always a new experience. The crowd seems really into it every time, and I let my bandmates take it in whatever direction feels right on any given night.

 

Since you normally perform as part of your band, Acid Tongue, how will this performance be different for you?

I can play any song I want. I might do some old Fox and The Law songs (my band from a few years back), or I might play some covers. I might just goof off and do a medley of whatever feels good at the moment.

 

Who has been your biggest inspiration in the music world and why?

Probably like a lot of artists, I have no biggest inspiration. I take from different things. Musically, Acid Tongue is heavily inspired by Jonathan Richman, Lou Reed, T Rex, and more contemporary stuff like Timber Timbre, Built to Spill and Charles Bradley. But I'm also taking stuff conceptually from Kurt Vonnegut, copping some of Anthony Bourdain's signature attitude, blending in influences from the beat poets.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

More stable financially, still making music I enjoy.

 

What is your song creation process like?

Depends on the song. Sometimes it starts lyrically, maybe its a melody, or maybe just a good idea for a riff.

 

What has been your biggest accomplishment as a musician thus far?

Touring Europe and the UK. Coming home and playing in-studio at KEXP. Then headlining my own festival (the Freakout). Last fall was great.

 

 

How do you distinguish yourself from other artists out there today?

 

I don't worry about the other artists. I stay true to who I am.

 

If you could collaborate with any musician or band past or present, who would you chose and why?

Sly Stone, before all of the drugs rotted his brain.

 

Do you have any exciting upcoming gigs?

August 10th, opening up for Built to Spill at South Lake Union Block Party. We're also touring England in September, and going to Mexico City in October.

 

Anything else you'd like to share?

Please attend this year's Freakout Festival! We'll be performing, alongside a ton of amazing bands (this year we have some killer headliners!): https://www.the-freakout.com

 

For more on Guy, check out his Website and Youtube

Pablo's Legs, In Boots

This coming art walk at Standard Goods we will be featuring artist Celestine Ocean. She is also in the band that will be performing! We got the chance to learn a bit about Pablo’s Legs - what inspires them and their music making process. They are influenced by bands such as Talking Heads and have been compared to Stereolab. Celestine is really inspired musically by Fiona Apple, Scout Niblett, Santigold, and Cat Power to name a few. They describe their genre as “space jazz.”
What's the origin of your band's name? Have you changed the name before?
The name Pablo's Legs was inspired by the day we saw our friend Pablo Quevedo's legs. We had never seen them before and those fabulous legs inspired the band name and eventually the creation of the band.
When did you form the band? What inspired you to make music together?
We formed the band around April 2016. It really started as a random jam sesh in which the song "Splunk" was written and we just kept jamming from then on. Gianni added to the band later and he has been recording our upcoming album titled "In Boots".
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes/ topics of your songs?
Celestine writes the lyrics. Mick, Gianni and Ryan write the bass, guitar, keyboard and drum parts and then we all mold and develop the songs into more final versions together. Themes and topics kind of vary and aren't explicit in our songs, mainly about expression and being in touch with your funky self.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process? Anything exciting in the works? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We all get together and start jamming on a bass riff or a drum beat, then Celestine jumps on and improvises lyrics over the music. We usually record the improv to go back to it later and take parts that we liked to make them into a song. Sometimes someone from the band brings a song idea in that they wrote and we create off of that, but usually we do the improv jam then create songs out of that. A lot of our creation is improv based, even when we perform we never really do the same thing twice.
We have a lot of fun stuff in the works, we have a music video and single coming out of our song "Silverbox". We have an album on the way and we have a show on December 14th for the Capitol Hill art walk in support of Celestine's art exhibit.
What's your ultimate direction for your band?
Keep on creating music, keep on having fun! If a record deal slips in the mix, we won't complain.

Soultanz, Something Old and New

We are stoked to be hosting Soultanz as our musical guests for Art Walk. The dynamic duo Singer/Producer Shayan Mashayekh and Producer Jared Rubens have a soulful feel while incorporating hip hop, electronic and RnB. Come by and hear for yourself. :) 
We caught up with Soultanz to learn more about how they got their start and what gives them inspiration. read on...
Introduce us to each member of Soultanz - Tell us a little about Soultanz? 
Soultanz always maintains a soulful feel while incorporating hip-hop, RnB, and electronic elements into the groove. The duo out of Seattle is comprised of singer/producer Shayhan Mashayekh and producer Jared Rubens, who often feature local talent.
 
Shayhan
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Shayan began as singer/songwriter who quickly evolved into a talented producer. As a singer, he has been featured on songs by Sol, BFA, Zetes, and more to come. He counts Bradley Nowell of Sublime, Kaytranada, and Michael McDonald as his influences. 
 
Jared
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As a producer, Jared is deeply involved in the composition of the music, spending long hours arranging samples, recording live instruments and writing lyrics. He describes as his primary influences as Madlib, Jay Dee, and Latin-American music. 
 
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How did you get started? 
Jared Rubens met Shayhan on Soundcloud in 2011 and they have been collaborating ever since. 
 
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Where does your inspiration come from?
Our inspiration has its ups and downs just like life. It comes from many angles. Pain, love, feeling trapped, world corruption, etc.

We let the music speak to us. I've (Shayhan) always said, " Ride the beat and don't force the beat to ride you.”
 
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What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? 
Creating an album you are proud of.
What would you say is your ultimate goal for the band?
To be timeless plain and simple.   
Any upcoming gigs that your looking forward to playing? 
October 12th at Standard goods of course! We have a show with The Bad Tenants on 10/28 at W Hotel and then we will be headed to Salem and Portland

Oregon for back to back shows on 11/3 and 11/4. Starting at Victory Club and ending at The Saturday Tavern.