Alt-rock veterans explore different territory with a new outfit
New Album – Below The Pink Pony – out September 2014
The Fauntleroys is the name of the new combo which features four seasoned, idiosyncratic talents — troubadour Alejandro Escovedo, guitar hero Ivan Julian, eclectic tunesmith Nicholas Tremulis and percussive force Linda Pitmon.
The individuals concerned have pooled their distinctive sensibilities into raucous, rousing rock ’n’ roll on their inaugural collaboration Below the Pink Pony due out September 16 2014 (on Plowboy Records).
The six-song set — encompassing five new original tunes plus a reading of the Incredible String Band’s “Chinese White” — captures the collective in a marathon four-day recording session. The foursome shared songwriting and vocal duties, while introducing such unexpected elements as Escovedo’s hitherto-unrecorded bass-playing skills.
The Fauntleroys marks the convergence of four iconoclastic lifers, united by a shared sense of musical adventure and a mutual admiration for one another’s talents.
Alejandro Escovedo’s early exploits — glam-punk progenitors Nuns and alt-country pioneers Rank and File — set the stage for his prolific and distinguished solo career. Ivan Julian’s notable musical achievements stretch back to his membership in ’70s punk icons Richard Hell and the Voidoids and have continued through his work as a solo artist, producer and collaborator with the likes of The Clash, Shriekback and Matthew Sweet. Nicholas Tremulis has been making accomplished albums of his personally-charged songcraft since the mid-’80s. Linda Pitmon’s powerful, inventive drumming first turned heads during her days with her ’90s combo Zuzu’s Petals, and subsequently in her work alongside husband/bandmate Steve Wynn in Wynn’s band the Miracle 3 as well as the all-star Baseball Project.