Fences (band)

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Fences
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock, indie rock
Labels Elektra Records
Associated acts Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Website fencesmusic.com
Members Christopher Mansfield
Benjamin Greenspan
Lindsey Starr
Elliott Garm Chaffee

Fences is an indie rock project of Seattle (Washington) formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Christopher Mansfield, guitarist Benjamin Greenspan, bassist and vocalist Lindsey Starr and drummer Elliott Garm Chaffee. They released their debut studio album Fences in 2008 and Lesser Oceans in 2014.

History[edit]

Christopher Mansfield was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and attended Berklee College of Music.[1]

In 2009, his debut EP, Ultimate Puke, was discovered via MySpace by Sara Quin of popular Canadian indie band Tegan & Sara. Quin ended up producing, recording and adding vocals to his self-titled debut album, Fences, released on September 28, 2010.[2] Fences went on to make the SPIN magazine's year-end list of "Albums You May Have Missed" in 2010.[3]

Mansfield had also caught the attention of Seattle rapper Macklemore, who came across his performance from Songs for eating and drinking, a collective of Seattle musicians who dine together and share music written specifically for that event.

In late 2010/early 2011, Fences toured in support of punk rock band Against Me! and in July 2011, the band toured with indie pop band Hellogoodbye. In August 2011, Mansfield collaborated with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on "Otherside" (Remix), and he also co-wrote “10,000 Hours” from Macklemore’s 2012 album The Heist, along with the vocals of Fences bassist Lindsey Starr.[4]

In 2013, Jeff Castelaz signed Mansfield to Elektra Records. "When I heard Chris Mansfield's demos for this album, I knew I had to work with him," said Elektra president Jeff Castelaz. "The songs he and Fences cohort Benjamin Greenspan created for Lesser Oceans capture those moments that pass most of us by in our hectic lives."

Mansfield has been hard at work on his forthcoming sophomore album Lesser Oceans, which features production by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men) and Ryan Lewis. On July 29, 2014, Mansfield released a new single titled "Arrows" in collaboration with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with the announcement of Lesser Oceans. The single reached number one on Billboard Magazine's Emerging Artists chart.

Personal life[edit]

Christopher Mansfield has openly mentioned his sobriety on his blog and Twitter account. In an interview with a Seattle publication, he discusses the time he spent in rehab, saying "I also came to terms with the fact I cannot drink like other people. I know I put a lot about it in the music of Fences and have an image of being that kind of person. The "drunk tortured artist." It is total bullshit! In reality, I was blowing any chances I may have of ever touring or recording a real record or meeting any goals short or long."[5] According to his Twitter account, he has been sober for nearly a year as of April 2011.

Christopher is supportive of the LGBT community and is friends with several out musicians.[6]

Band members[edit]

  • Christopher Mansfield – Vocals, guitar
  • Benjamin Greenspan – Guitar, keyboard
  • Lindsey Starr – Bass, vocals
  • Elliott Garm Chaffee – Drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Fences[edit]

Release date: September 28, 2010

Tracklisting
No. Title Length
1. "Boys Around Here"   3:04
2. "Girls With Accents"   2:58
3. "Hands"   3:13
4. "My Girl the Horse"   4:31
5. "Fires"   3:17
6. "The Same Tattoos"   2:55
7. "From Roses"   2:57
8. "Sadie"   3:29
9. "Your Bones"   3:14
10. "From Russia With..."   2:26

Lesser Oceans[edit]

Expected release date: January 13, 2015

Tracklisting
No. Title Length
1. "Songs About Angels"   3:02
2. "The Lake"   3:23
3. "Dogs At the Table"    
4. "Arrows" (featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) 3:55
5. "Running Off the Gods"    
6. "Sunburns"   3:49
7. "Dusty Beds"   2:43
8. "My Mountain Is Cold"    
9. "Lesser Oceans"    
10. "Temple Dreaming"    

Extended plays[edit]

  • Ultimate Puke (April 1, 2008)

Singles[edit]

  • "The Same Tattoos" (Sabzi Remix) (December 7, 2010)
  • "Fences" / "Mansions" (feat. Mansions) (July 26, 2011)
  • "Arrows" (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) (July 29, 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barry Walters (2010-09-09). "Fences, 'Fences' (Onto/ADA)". spin.com. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  2. ^ JESS GITNER (2010-11-18). "Fences: Even In Hope, Forever Bummed". npr.org. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  3. ^ Goodman, William. "10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed This Year". spin.com. Spin. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Megan Buerger (2014-07-28). "Exclusive: Fences Teams Up with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on New Single 'Arrows'". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  5. ^ Grandy, Eric (2009-11-19). "Bad Boy Gone Good Chris Mansfield Gets His Shit Together with Fences". http://www.thestranger.com/. The Stranger. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Byrnes, Lindsey (2010-12-20). "Lesbros: Christopher Mansfield". http://www.afterellen.com/. After Ellen. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 

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