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Fast Five: The LaFontaines



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

We’re all local Motherwell boys who just happened to have an interest in writing and performing music, albeit with vastly different personal tastes. Kerr and Iain got the ball rolling, then the rest of us were daft enough to jump on board. The band name is a homage to the late, great voice actor Don Lafontaine! We managed to get in touch with him and asked if he’d do us the honour of recording an introduction for our set. We couldn’t believe it when he actually got back to us, simply saying “sure thing!” – apparently his daughters were blown away that their old man had a band named after him. Sadly, Don fell ill and his condition declined rapidly, he was dead within weeks. We’re now effectively a tribute act to the ‘Voice of God’.

How would you describe your music?

Our songs are a sort of light-hearted social commentary, we touch on everything and anything that we see in our day-to-day lives, from the monotony of our other jobs, to being invited to crazy rooftop parties in NY with Lindsay Lohan (that actually happened, otherwise we’d have picked a much cooler celebrity to base that particular story around!). Musically, we are free to draw from our individual preferences rather than agreeing on a compromise, which is how we’ve ended up with this mish-mash of pop/soul/punk/hip-hop.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

So far we’ve spent most our time touring the UK and Europe, supporting artists like Example, Twin Atlantic, Watsky etc. Over the coming months, we’ll be bringing out our debut album, ‘Class’, which is now available for pre-order online. To promote this, we’ll be heading out for our first ever UK headline tour from the25th May – 13th June. Once that tour is over we will be performing on the main stage at T in the Park on Saturday 11th July.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Someone asked us this before and we said that it would be really cool to work with Canterbury (one of the best live bands we’ve ever seen), but since then we’ve actually done it! They feature in the chorus of our latest single ‘King’ which is now available to buy – it just wouldn’t have had the same buzz without their amazing and unique vocals all over it. However, now that they are ticked off the bucket list for us…let’s go for Outkast, just because it would be a right laugh.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

‘Keith Green – Songs for the Shephard’ – We found this retro Christian rocker in a junk shop whilst on tour and thought it would be funny for a minute or two. What started out as a quick joke has now become a staple album for us when on the road. It’s so terrible that it’s perfect and we now revere Keith Green more than our own families. Our original tape was destroyed under suspicious circumstances (the investigation is ongoing), but thankfully it’s on Spotify. Thank f**k for that.