Richmond Fontaine : Post To Wire

Richmond Fontaine’s Post To Wire finally gets the vinyl treatment. What’s more, it has a bonus 7″ with two previously unreleased songs from the album’s recording sessions.

Post To Wire was released through El Cortez/Décor Records on the 12th of April 2004 and caught the attention of UNCUT’s editor Allan Jones who gave the album a 5 star lead review as “Album of the Month” as well as placing it number 4 in albums of 2004 year end polls. “Uncut’s discovery of the year….Fans of a certain kind of orphaned Americana are likely to fall on Post To Wire like apostles on The Grail. A dark and mesmerising masterpiece, brilliant” Allan Jones UNCUT went on to give the band a 5 page feature and numerous glowing live reviews that year. But it was not just UNCUT championing the band.

All this helped the band from being an un-discovered US band on their 5th album who previously sold 200 copies in Europe to going on to sell over 10,000 copies of what has been oft described as their masterpiece.

Richmond Fontaine formed in 1994 at the Portland Meadows horse track by Vlautin and Dave, when the two took their mutual love of Hüsker Du, Willie Nelson, X, The Blasters, and The Replacements and began playing music together. The band was named after a down and out American expatriate Harding had met while hitchhiking through Mexico.

The bands strength are the story-based songs of singer Willy Vlautin, which were often compared to the stark short stories of writers such as Raymond Carver, Bukowski and Larry Brown. Post To Wire landed the band with their first UK release via Décor/El Cortez. 4 more have followed, the last two, ‘We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River’ and ‘The High Country’ have been released on vinyl by Diverse Records.

We’re thrilled to be able to delve into the band’s back catalogue and give this alt.country masterpiece the vinyl treatment it deserves. The band played the album in its entirety (along with The High Country) at their London gig in September.

‘Those of you alienated by the roisterous flash of Ryan Adams should hitch your horses to Richmond Fontaine’s post right now.”
TIME OUT March 17th-24th Sharon O’Connell

Heroic pedal-steel Springsteen pop from the Pacific Northwest.
Stranded in Portland, Oregon, but seemingly bound for somewhere better, Richmond Fontaine’s second album is already one of this season’s must have Americana purchases. A little dictionary of dashed hopes, Post To Wire is bathed in the half-dead ennui of the latter period Replacements, but Richmond Fontaine singer Willy Vlautin has inherited Paul Westerberg’s nose for Big Star power-pop choruses as well as his half-empty glass eye for a novelistic lyric. Jim Wirth
Mojo April 2004

What Songs, what fucking great songs. This is one of those times. Without a doubt, the best album of the decade so far” Comes With A Smile
Spring 2004

“Burnished Americana; ringing Fender guitars, lachrymose pedal steel, dark balladry – imagines a less feral Uncle Tupelo, but winningly so.”
Q
May 2004

“Post To Wire emerges somewhere between Gram Parsons’ slide guitar majesty and Lou Reed’s narrated New York. The Characters become your neighbours and the tunes as familiar as friends, making Post To Wire a faboulous addition to the all-too-slim canon of passionate, literary rock’n’roll”
4/5 Stars – Guardian

A dynmamic study of the American underbelly, it puts Vlautin’s songwriting on a par with that of his heroes Jay Farrar and Paul Westerberg”
5/5 Stars – Independent
May 2004

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