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The Fondas are a 4-piece band from Newport, South Wales. Formed in August 2004 by Andy Ward (Vocals & Guitar), James Young (Guitar & Vocals), Oli Ward (Bass) and Steve Eyers (Drums), The Fondas have already built up a large following, mainly due to extensive gigging and touring throughout the UK, with their pulsating live shows earning them the title of 'the must hear, must see act of 2006' (roomthirteen.com).
Drawing influences from everyone including the Ramones right through to Radiohead, The Fondas certainly produce a style of music that's fresh, powerful, sometimes delicate, sometimes schizophrenic, but always honest in the way it toys with your emotions. Andy's vocals have often been compared to Thom Yorke, and Pete Doherty, but thankfully he's a lot easier to talk to. James provides frantic solos and massive riffs, whilst the rhythm section lays down grooves and beats so thick, you could rest your pint on them (except it would probably jump off and smash).
Signed to Levelsound/ Universal, The Fondas have just released their debut single, 'd'ya feel lucky', a powerful punky rocker with a thumping backbeat and a killer hook that sticks in your head. That's certainly the opinion of Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens (who said " I absolutely adore this track"), Phil Jupitus and a whole host of local and national Radio DJ's that have featured the single heavily on their respective shows.
The Internet has played a major part in The Fondas history to date. Steve was recruited through an advert on a message board. Levelsound signed the band as a response to whisperings across websites all over the UK. Their myspace page regularly attracts over 100 plays a day.
Early versions of the bands debut album, 'Dirty Kicks' were even leaked on-line, earning The Fondas the title of "the most bootlegged new band in Britain", mainly due to it's rapid spread through the torrent networks.
2006 finds the band on the edge of big things. With 'd'ya feel lucky' in the record stores and available from download shops, a second single is also in the bag, the album is due to follow later in the year.
A second UK tour is planned for August, along with slots at festivals, and their biggest headline show to date, the Carling Academy in Birmingham on the 29th July.
Don't miss your chance to catch The Fondas at a venue, on a CD player, or on a PC near you. As the banner at the bottom of their website correctly points out "they're coming...."
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