Premiere: Fonda “Better Days”

By Brad Reno on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011  |  1,606 views

Indie-Pop

Premiere: Fonda “Better Days” Premiere: Fonda “Better Days”

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If you had (or were) a child around the turn of the century, chances are you might be more familiar with the band Fonda than you would be if you were a childless adult at the time. While the band’s three albums of insanely catchy indie-pop were generally very well regarded by those who heard them, Fonda had the misfortune of bowing at a particularly bad time to be a band playing insanely catchy indie-pop. The late ‘90s/early ‘00s were the era of nu-metal ascendancy, when only mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging crybaby mooks managed to get much attention. Intelligent bands that leaned towards the power-pop end of the spectrum tended to be even more ignored than usual (unless they were in some way affiliated with the Elephant 6 crowd). Despite their high-quality output, Fonda were mostly lost in the shuffle.

But it was a different story if you had kids, especially if they liked Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids films. Fonda landed the gig of recording the movie’s theme song, the perky “Spy Kids (Save the World)” which was not only featured prominently in the movie but also landed the band in regular rotation on Radio Disney. So while parents suffered through Nickelback and Alien Ant Farm on the grown-up stations, their much luckier offspring were grooving to the sweet sounds of Fonda.

Now Fonda is back, finally ending the extended layoff that followed their last full-length album, 2003’s Catching Up to the Future. On that album, Emily Cook and David Klotz began incorporating moodier dream-pop sounds into their frothy, Heavenly-inspired pop. The trend continues on “Better Days,” the title track of their new EP. Kicking off with majestic shoegazing noise reminiscent of Slowdive’s Souvlaki album before seguing into a noisy but catchy mid-tempo tune, “Better Days” proves that their eight-year absence has not dulled Fonda’s pop instincts in the least. Cook’s voice is as strong as ever, and the extended guitar and keyboard duel that erupts in the run up to the song’s conclusion show that the rested band is in fine fighting shape.

Fonda’s return to recording is a welcome one and hopefully they won’t be taking another eight-year break any time soon. Fonda may not be able to save the world like the Spy Kids, but their presence definitely make it a better place to be.

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