Call them Indie Folk, Americana, Roots, whatever...
The Washover Fans aren’t ones to jump on trends. They’re more comfortable aligning themselves with tradition and the time-honored crafts of musicianship and songwriting.
Embraced by Seattle’s vibrant independent music scene, the Fans’ sound recalls the woods of the Pacific Northwest by way of Appalachia and Topanga Canyon. From sweet and sorrowful ballads to moving country shuffles and many notable stops in between, the Fans’ sound has been compared to Gillian Welch, the Avett Brothers, and Whiskeytown.
The core of The Washover Fans is made up of Seattle-based musicians Gillian Tart, Colin Isler, Seth Hayden, and Michael Connolly. A “typical” set involves a mix of creatively arranged covers and sympatico original material drawing from Americana and other rootsy traditions.
The band released their first full length album, “That Habit Suits You,” in April of 2011. Engineered and co-produced with Steven Aguilar (David Bazaan, The Head and The Heart) at Bearhead Studio, the album received immediate praise among acoustic music enthusiasts and was featured as an Editor’s Pick on CD Baby.
A truly live album (no overdubs) came in the Winter of 2012 and showcases the band’s polished live sound. “Live at Empty Sea,” mixes Fans’ originals with re-imagined covers like Jackson Browne’s “These Days” and Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.”
Winter and Spring of 2014 was spent writing, arranging, and recording new material for a third album, “Just Like Time,” coming January 2015. After years of playing and writing together, songs and arrangements are coming easier and are covering more ground thematically - from the environmental effects of fracking to murder by train. As the songs get deeper and the stages get bigger, the old friends continue to stay true to themselves and chase their collective group muse. The album was engineered and produced by Michael Thomas Connolly at Empty Sea Studios.