About The Fawns
Infectious, well-crafted songs... lush harmonies and bright guitar sound ...Bezo proves that she is capable of creating the kind of hooks that pull you in on the first listen." - Sheryl Hunter Greenfield Recorder
"The Fawns cover of “Burned” is a beautifully jangly rendition that plays up the sparkle and energy of the classic. It jumps out of the gates with an explosion of euphoric harmony and upbeat drumming. What strikes me most about the recording is the often sought after, but rarely achieved quality of live music that teems from it’s edges." - Sam Buck Milk Crater
"Their new record is a brilliant way to start the year" - Third Outing
"Twangy rocker that's got us feeling all nostalgic" - Allston Pudding
"tight, tuneful songs destined to become overlooked classics... a clinic in upbeat pop songwriting..." - Eric Danton - Listen Dammit
The Fawns are waking up in 2016 with their new album, "Goodnight, Spacegirl," ten years in the making. It was no Rip Van Winkle-ish decade of rest for the Northampton supergroup -- Lesa Bezo, the band's frontwoman, vocalist/guitarist and songwriter, was always working on new material and fine-tuning her pop melodies, waiting until the time was right to send a shiny new satellite of songs out into the galaxy.
Bezo has a history of writing hook-filled songs, but after years of records made in a smaller studio (2003's Smiling, 2006's A Nice Place To Be), she decided to make an album with the full sonic spectrum and rock energy of her band's live shows. She enlisted the help of engineer Danny Bernini at Spirithouse Recording Studio to capture the revved-up rhythm section of drummer Brian Marchese and bassist Max Germer and the sparkle of Henning Ohlenbusch's lead guitar and Ken Maiuri's keyboards.
The record's bigger sound helps show off the band's years of experience playing music together, especially on the album’s singles: “High School Party” is a jumpy new-wave rocker with crashing cymbals and a chorus of “hey”s; “The Strong Arm of the Quiet” combines anthemic three-part harmonies and soaring guitars; “Put the Day Away” stretches out with an open-road groove; and “Burned” is a raw, energetic cover of Neil Young's Buffalo Springfield classic.
Bezo doesn't make a big deal out of her songs, but her fellow Pioneer Valley musicians do -- in 2012, they banded together to record a double-album, 29-track tribute to her tunes (participants included Mark Mulcahy, Winterpills, the Young@Heart Chorus, Ray Mason, Jim Armenti, and Spouse), a testament to Bezo’s place in the rich history of the local music scene. As is the friend-filled video for 'High School Party,' which features cameos from multiple generations of musicians from the Pioneer Valley's rock band community.
The Fawns are proud to call Northampton their home and they are members of the Rub Wrongways Records songwriting collaborative.