A Guide to Recognizing Fairground Saints; The Heirs Inherit Stardom
Three-part harmonies are as refreshing as a Gatorade after a three-hour stint playing baseball. A rarity in the business, Fairground Saints provide just that and a whole lot more. The Los Angeles band’s melodies altogether are uniquely glorious, infectious, and genre-pigeonhole-free. Try if you must, but the band just takes pop music and turns it right on its head. The trio of Mason Van Valin, Elijah Edwards, and Megan McAllister dropped their debut last year, and are currently touring with Carly Raw Jepsen on her Gimme Love tour. Thankfully, it looks like they have clear path to bust out soon like Wentworth Miller did back in the day in that dreadful Prison Break series.
Speaking of “gimmes,” when I want to listen to new music, I want to be sucked in right away. I want to feel it, hear a story, and then tell everyone about it. Valin (vocals/guitar), Edwards (vocals, guitar, mandolin, keys, Dobro, accordion), and McAllister (vocals, guitar, dulcimer) do just that. Last month, the fun bunch (who says that?) performed two tracks for A-Sides and sat down with me for a chat. It was filmed at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains by alyebcarlevaro.com.
“Ain’t Much for Lyin'”
“Turn This Car Around”
Speaking of rising artists from L.A., The Heirs are making their mark rather quickly. Currently touring with The Big Pink with shows booked at SXSW, the synth-pop-rockers are breaking out like a pimple on your face – assuming your a teenage boy or girl reading this. Um, OK, The Heirs, which consists of brother/sister Brandon and Savannah Hudson, Alex Flagstad, Eian McNeely and Brennan Benko, recently dropped a four-track EP Ecliptic , working with music masters Justin Stanley (Beck, The Vines, Sheryl Crow) and Bram Inscore (Beck, Icona Pop). A full length is due sometime this year. Anyway, enough talk. Let’s listen.
A-Sides’ “Delve Into Twelve” Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the “Delve Into Twelve” based on the following contributing factors: songs I’m playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released — think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I’ve noticed on my friends’ Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman’s music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.