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La Fonda is a lyrically-driven indie dream pop band, defined by sister singer-songwriters Veronica and Valerie Topacio, exploring love, longing and loss with harmonically rich vocals, reverberating, 60s surf-esque guitars, driving bass lines and synths.
The group started in the summer of 2015 when Veronica and Valerie began writing songs and busking at Pike Place Market. The sisters grew up in a musical family where singing in the living room with guitars was a regular affair. Magic blossomed when they reconnected with guitarist Jesse Cole, friend from the past, whose blue-wave guitar style mixes perfectly with their harmonies. The Sisters and Cole then met their musical soulmate, bassist Bryan Dever. Weeks later, Bryan’s childhood friend Patrick Hodge joined the ensemble on keys/synth. Cemented in musical comradery, La Fonda looks to their art as a compass to help each other navigate through the compounding pressures and disarray of adulthood while attempting to adapt and find their way in an ever-consuming digitized and radically polarized society.
Making wake in the music scenes of 12 cities last spring and building a presence in Seattle playing to sold out crowds, including at The Crocodile and Neumos, they found pathways to opportunities such as opening for national touring acts such as Snail Mail and appeared in 2018 festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party.
Their latest single “Time” has been by their side since their first encounters. It is the first song the sisters wrote together and the first song they showed the band. The release of “Time” is a capsule of their foundation and bears witness to their process of becoming. It’s a tale of rising and working towards building your most inspired reality, no matter the noise or chaos, and they hope it inspires you to show up in your dreams.
Nearing the end of production on their anticipated elementary album, La Fonda connects with their fans through discussing life living paycheck-to-paycheck, learning from break-ups, the lingering effects of infidelity, stripped confidence, and adolescent traumas. The family that makes up La Fonda hopes the vulnerability exposed in their music steers people closer to their core, reminding those who can hear them to show up fearlessly in love and life, broadcasting their most authentic, confident and beautifully vulnerable selves.
Stephanie Mae is an indie pop alternative Seattle-based singer songwriter with strong soulful vocals. She has garnered over 120,000 views on YouTube with her original music, covers, and music videos. She has been recently making waves in the Seattle music scene, and has opened for popular acts such as Hey Ocean!, the Belle Game, Yeasayer, and Dispatch. Her most recent single, “Million”, was described as “pop at its best – meaningful, witty, well-executed, and accessible” by Seattle’s “Wandering Ear” blog.
Fans around the world connect with her lyrically-daring and melodically-touching music. Fans frequently express the impact that her artistry has on their lives. After hearing Stephanie Mae’s song “Trust,” one young couple in Washington D.C. rethought their recent break up. They are now happily married with a 3-year old son. On the other side of the globe, two Australian lovebirds chose to walk down the aisle to Stephanie Mae’s heart-wrenching cover of The Civil War’s “Safe & Sound.”