Fono (band)

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Fono
Also known as Seven
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock, Christian rock
Years active 1996–?
Website fono.net

Fono is a rock band, originally from the United Kingdom but later based out of San Diego, California.

History[edit]

Fono formed under the name Seven (and originally from Milton Keynes), and released one album and one EP under this name; they also opened for a UK concert by Bon Jovi before changing their name to Fono in 1998.[1] Lead singer Del Currie had previously played with Split Level and Tribe of Dan,[1] and went on a year-long hiatus from songwriting and performing before putting the group together.[2] The band has stated that the name "Fono" has no significance; in an interview, Currie said "It means absolutely nothing".[3] Following the name change, the group was featured in Kerrang! magazine as one of their Best Unsigned Bands. Not long after, they did sign with a label, and the group released their debut full-length, Goesaroundcomesaround, in 1999.[4] Album reviewers noted the album's American, as opposed to British, rock sound[5][6] and the group's general appeal to audiences outside the world of Christian rock.[7] In America, the group scored two Christian radio hits with the singles "Now She's 24" (No. 7, 1999) and "Drift Away" ( 16, 2000).[1] They also toured with Robert Plant, The Goo Goo Dolls,[1] Third Eye Blind,[8] and Audio Adrenaline.[7]

After the release of the album, the band relocated permanently to the United States, settling in San Diego, California in 2000.[8] That year, a restructuring at their record label resulted in their becoming embroiled in a lawsuit which took over two years to resolve; during this time the band was prevented from recording any music.[9] They then began recording a new album, but the studio where they were recording and all of their equipment and masters were destroyed in the Cedar Fire of 2003.[9] The group re-recorded the material and independently released It's the Way That You Use It in 2004 and Too Broken to Break in 2007.

In 2010, vocalist Del Currie released a solo album under the name Zoo Seven.

Members[edit]

Current
  • Del Currie - vocals, guitar
  • Andy Ridley - drums
  • Cindy Cate - bass
  • Soren Engen - guitar
Former
  • Ian Crawford - bass (1996-)

Discography[edit]

As Seven
  • High And Wired (Blinding Music, 1996)
  • Burn EP (1997)
As Fono
  • Goesaroundcomesaround (KMG/Big Deal, 1999)
  • It's the Way That You Use It EP (2004)
  • Too Broken to Break (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mark Allan Powell, The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Hendrickson Publishers, 2002, pp. 335-336.
  2. ^ Fono. Christianity Today.
  3. ^ Interview with Fono. Jesus Freak Hideout, May 18, 2000.
  4. ^ Jason Ankeny, Fono at Allmusic
  5. ^ Review of Goesaroundcomesaround, Allmusic
  6. ^ Privett, Andrew (December 1998). "Review of Goesaroundcomesaround". Cross Rhythms (48). 
  7. ^ a b Pick of the Month. The Phantom Tollbooth, February 1999.
  8. ^ a b Rimmer, Mike (October 2003). "Come in Number 6... Your Time is Up!". Cross Rhythms (77). 
  9. ^ a b Review of Too Broken To Break. Jesus Freak Hideout, October 21, 2007.

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