Along with traditional instrumentation (guitar, vocals, drums, keyboard) Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson employ steel drums, drum pad, washboard, synthesizer, organ, accordion and more for a sound that is complicated, whimsical, deep, cheerful, utterly listenable and inherently Northwestern in nature.
FR has couple of big months ahead of them: The street date of their sophomore release, Vs. Wilderness (Tender Loving Empire), is Tuesday, Oct. 13 (available on iTunes Tuesday, Sept., 29); they are headlining TLE's MusicFest NW on Saturday, Sept. 19, which will serve as a tour kick-off; they are throwing a release party on Friday, Oct. 9 at VAC with local friends La Fleur to celebrate both bands' new CDs; they are working on a new video with local animator/designer/artist Jason Sievers; in November, they are slated to open several dates for Built to Spill. And before, during and after all of this, the trio is touring the West. Hard.
"Last year, we did a U.S. tour and dropped in on the West Coast but it wasn't as extensive," Gilbert said. "We decided we wanted to be more thorough with the West [this time]. We'll hit the East Coast in the spring," he said.
Not that you haven't been doing this already (their shows are usually packed), but catch Finn Riggins when and while you can. Gilbert told me they recently did an interview for a program in Texas. I'm convinced that's merely the first step.