2011 3S Fest
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE
Formed in New York in 1996, Fountains of Wayne took its name from an iconic garden store in nearby Wayne, NJ. The band has received steady critical accolades since its inception; "Dean of American Rock Critics" Robert Christgau has called them "lyric poets" and "true art heroes." The group's line-up, which also includes guitarist Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young, has remained unchanged since they toured in support of their 1996 self-titled debut album. FoW were nominated for two Grammys, included a slightly belated Best New Artist nod in 2003 after scoring a hit with their third album, Welcome Interstate Managers.
Mike Doughty is a singer/songwriter, noted for smash hits 27 Jennifers and Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well. He led the band Soul Coughing in the 90s, wrote an Aquaman story for DC comics, published Slanky, a book of poetry, wrote one-act plays for the 24 Hour Company, was a pseudonymous gossip columnist at the New York Press, and used to drive an ice cream truck.
He is acclaimed for his lyrics, once described by the New Yorker as having, "...more puzzling allusions than the Cantos of Ezra Pound." His forthcoming album, Yes And Also Yes will be released this September.
Soft Swells is the new bi-coastal collaboration of newly relocated LA transplant Tim Williams and NYC's Matt Welsh, formerly of the Wilco-approved alt-country band Phonograph. Named for and inspired by Williams' beachy new surroundings, the band is an extension of his gifted songwriting, which he previously showcased on his three well-received albums on Dovecote Records. Soft Swells are the inaugural signing of Modern Outsider Records. Their full-length debut album will be released this fall.
What began in 2006 as Dover, New Hampshire-based Jake Merhmann's solo project has blossomed into a full band with a stellar new album, For Physical Fitness. The Tan Vampires flesh out Merhmann's shrugging emotional skeleton with seasick drums and underwater electric-piano flourishes that give wavering vibrato of his some well-worn Muscle Shoals tread to roll with. The Tan Vampires were voted "Best Alternative Act" at the 2009 Spotlight on the Arts Awards, and represented New Hampshire in the Boston Phoenix's "Best New Music: 50 Bands, 50 States" in 2010.