|Argentina-born Fernando Viciconte came of age musically in L.A. fronting the popular hard rock band Monkey Paw. He moved to Portland, OR, in 1994 and released Season in Hell, a downbeat collection of country rock, in 1996. His sophomore effort, Widows, saw a harder-edged approach that at times recalled his Southern California days. The Spanish language album Pacoima (1998) represented an abrupt shift as Fernando explored his So Cal barrio roots, swinging from border rock to Tex-Mex to Mexican R&B. Sure enough, he changed gears yet again for Old Man Motel(1999), indulging in a powerful collection of relatively straight-ahead rock. 2001 found Fernando leaving Cravedog Records for his own label Domingo Records which released Dreams of the Sun and Sky, a startlingly gorgeous collection of gauzy, narcotic tracks with Latin and country-folk accents. The Oregonian named this album a top ten release of 2001. In 2006, Fernando returned from a hiatus from music and he delivered his most critically received record to date Enter to Exit. For this project, Fernando teamed up with long time friends from the Eels, Jeff “Chet” Lyster(who also plays guitar for Lucinda Williams)and Derek Brown with Paul Brainerd from Richmond Fontaine, Lewi Longmire and John Amadon to make what many critics called one of the best pop rock records of 2006. Magnet Magazine went as far as naming Fernando one of the best new artists of 2006 in their year end issue. The album also garnered glowing reviews from Billboard, Paste, Amplifier, No Depression, and MSNBC.com. Fast forward to 2010 to the release of Fernando’s most recent release True Instigator. This album sees Fernando exploring his Americana, Spanish and classic country roots to make what is soon to be a classic Northwest release. The album was recorded with famed producer Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western, M. Ward) at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon. Fernando is currently in the Studio working on his 8th CD which he is recording with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey(REM, Minus 5, Baseball Project) and his long time band.The album is being co-produced by Mike Coykendall and Fernando at Blue Room Studios and will be released in late 2012.|
Fernando’s seventh full-length, “True Instigator” was recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon by Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western, M. Ward). It was mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Sleater-Kinney, Stephan Malkmus), Luther Russell (Richmond Fontaine), Mike Coykendall (M. Ward), and Adam Selzer, the first two mixing two songs each, and Coykendall and Selzer jointly mixing the rest of the album.
Featuring a who’s who of Northwest musicians, as always, Fernando brought in Scott McPherson (Beck, M. Ward, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Neill Finn) on drums, Dan Eccles (Richmond Fontaine) on electric guitar, Joe Chuisano on bass, backing vocals, farfisa organ, and glockenspiel. As well as Lewi Longmire on B-3 organ, Mike Coykendall on piano, acoustic guitar, and baritone guitar, Paul Brainard (Richmond Fontaine) on trumpet, and Joe “Slide Pig” Cunningham (The Decemberists, Bobby Bare Jr.) played saxophone on one track.