Elektra recording artist Fences has unveiled their much anticipated touring plans for the fall. The Seattle-based indie band will join Bear Hands for a cross-country trek starting in late October and running through mid-November (see attached itinerary). The tour supports the band’s current single “Arrows” featuring Macklemore and produced by Ryan Lewis, which is digitally available now and featured on their forthcoming full length “LESSER OCEANS”, set for release on January 13, 2015. For more details, please visit www.fencesmusic.com.
Fences is just coming off their national television debut, an inspired performance of “Arrows” featuring Macklemore on NBC’S “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that can be viewed here – http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/11331. The companion video for “Arrows” has already surpassed 1.2 million views on the band’s official YouTube channel, http://youtu.be/ph6fmk27grc. Shot entirely in Seattle, WA, over the course of a week, the “Arrows” video was directed by GRAMMY-nominee and longtime Macklemore and Ryan Lewis friend/collaborator Jason Koenig along with award-winning photographer John Keatley. Koenig previously worked with Fences on the companion music video for “Otherside Remix,” the 2011 collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This is the fourth music video that Seattle-based Koenig has helmed for the hip-hop duo, including “Can’t Hold Us” which won a pair of MTV Video Music Awards and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Music Video.
Fences is set to join the star-studded lineup at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 20. The high-profile performance follows a series of summer performances with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Germany’s Chiemisse Summer and Highfield Festival, and the UK’s Leeds and Reading festivals. The Seattle-based tunesmith has a long history with the chart-topping hip-hop duo, including a writing credit on “Ten Thousand Hours,” the opening track on 2012’s GRAMMY® Award—winning blockbuster, “THE HEIST,” and the previously mentioned fan favorite, “Otherside Remix.” The latter track has proven a certifiable YouTube phenomenon, with the Jason Koenig-directed clip racking up more than 37 million individual views and counting at www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvDQy53eldY.
“LESSER OCEANS” – which follows 2010’s “FENCES” – sees Mansfield mastering his distinctive brand of melancholic folk-pop and bittersweet slacker anthems. In addition to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the album also features Fences co-horts Benjamin Greenspan and Lindsey Starr as well as production from such studio luminaries as Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, The Lonely Forest). Fences heralded “LESSER OCEANS” with an exclusive NYLON profile highlighted by the world premiere of the album’s “Songs About Angels” (www.nylon.com/articles/fences-songs-about-angels); the track’s lyric video is also streaming at Fences’ official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/fencesmusic.
Fences first got underway in Boston, a time Mansfield spent studying at Berklee College of Music while also perfecting his haunting songcraft. He relocated to the Pacific Northwest and in 2008, self-released his first Fences recordings as the now exceedingly rare “ULTIMATE PUKE EP.” Fences’ extraordinary self-titled debut – co-produced by Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara – was greeted with unanimous critical applause upon its 2010 arrival, with SPIN naming it among its “10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed This Year.”
Furthermore, NYLON hailed “FENCES” for “(bringing) together (Elliott) Smith’s delicately wistful melodies and Morrissey’s beautiful melancholia.” Mansfield is “a slacker songwriter of some note,” declared the Dallas Observer, with the Washington Post commending his “weary voice, finger-picked guitar, and pained-love lyrics.” “Mansfield drives a brutally direct heartbreak into the broken, dilapidated slats of a warm but bitter pop,” raved the Austin Chronicle, while Seattle’s own The Stranger praised “FENCES” for its “thoughtfully crafted pop songs and beautiful acoustic ballads,” noting that “soon, with songs this strong, (Mansfield) won’t just look like a rock star – he’ll actually be one.”
A charismatic and engaging performer, Fences has also earned high praise as a live act, both solo and with the crack band he gathers to give full life to his stunning songs. In addition to countless headline gigs, Fences has toured alongside such like-minded artists as Tegan & Sara, Against Me! and Hellogoodbye, while also winning over crowds at major American festivals including Lollapalooza and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
Tour Dates – Fall 2014
All dates supporting Bear Hands except where noted *
(More dates to be announced)
20 iHeartRadio Music Festival Las Vegas, NV*
23 Strummer’s Fresno, CA
24 B-Ryder’s Bakersfield, CA
28 The Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, CA
29 Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, CA
31 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
3 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
4 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
5 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
11 The Rave Bar Milwaukee, WI
13 Cattivo Pittsburgh, PA
15 The Loft @ The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
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