The creators of “new wop” The Fontaines

The Fontaines

Suffering from White Stripes withdrawals? Looking for a new weird brother sister duo? Look no further than Los Angeles based band The Fontaines, inspired by Trip Fontaine from “The Virgin Suicides”, “Godfather” character Johnny Fontaine and French poet Jean de la Fontaine.

Live at Resident May 24, 2016

Posted by The Fontaines on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Their musical influences are as diverse as Miles Davis, The Drifters and Beach House. Charlotte Fontaine joined forces with her brother Hank, and together they invented “New Wop” which is basically this generations alternative version of Fifties doo wop.

They also recruited bassist Jason DeMayo and drummer Scott Zimmerman in the quest for a new sound. With song titles like “Dustin Hoffman” and “Dusty Springfield” they capture the Hollywood scene with a pinch of new wop weirdness.

Sounding like sunshine, at the core there is something suspiciously creepy and dark to give it an edge. Just like Hollywood and Los Angeles respectively I suppose. There are shades of Nineties bubblegum indie in their sound, a happy accident in their new wop journey?

Either way they are brilliant. The Fontaines release their second EP “II” on the 24th of June. Ears out for the saviours of doo wop and the creators of new wop, friends. Check out their new single “Cold” over on Spotify now!