RICHMOND FONTAINE, the Portland, Oregon, Americana band led by vocalist, songwriter, and novelist Willy Vlautin, play Kelly’s, Bridge Street, on Friday October 16 at 8.30pm.
The band - Vlautin (guitars, vocals ), Sean Oldham (drums, vocals ), Dave Harding (bass ), and Dan Eccles (guitars ) - is currently promoting its new album We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River, which was released in August.
In 2007 Willy Vlautin’s mother died suddenly. The band decided to take a year’s sabbatical and Vlautin, back home in Oregon, reflected on family, relationships, and love and began writing the songs that would surface on the new album. He also took time to write a new novel, Lean On Pete, which will be published next year by Faber & Faber.
According to Vlautin the songs on the album are about a mother’s series of boyfriends; the struggle of trying to stay sober; running into your friend’s aunt at a grocery store and listening to her rant about the horrible things he’s done; a couple walking back to their apartment after a good night at the bar; and a nurse having a nervous breakdown while drinking wine coolers and listening to mariachi music.
Support is from The Lost Brothers. Tickets are €12.50 from Kelly’s.