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Ear to the Sound: Sandi Fernandez and the Beacon Hill-Billies

 Sandi Fernandez and the Beacon Hill-Billies.

Sandi Fernandez and the Beacon Hill-Billies.

Sandi Fernandez and the Beacon Hill-Billies

Sandi Fernandez and the Beacon Hill-Billies' new EP, Fall Apart, is the debut release from the band, but you won't be able to tell by listening to it. The songwriting, musicianship, and vocals feel seasoned and taut, and this would be an impressive EP, coming from any band in any stage of their career. 

Fernandez' voice is central and upfront throughout Fall Apart, letting the already resonant lyrics connect even more. And the execution is nothing short of immaculate, with a vocal performance that is as confident as it is authentic. The result is an audacious and unapologetic offering of songs built on very personal lyrics, and an EP that feels very confessional. Fans of story-telling will fall in love with these songs. There's also an expansive emotional breadth to the EP. Although the lyrics are bittersweet, the musical performances feel joyous and uplifting, creating a rich, textured, emotional landscape in each song. You can tell that Sandi and her whole troupe are doing exactly what they should be doing and are enjoying the journey.

It's probably worth saying that Sandi has a lot of friends in the musical community. There are a lot of folks who want her to succeed, this writer included. But fans and friends of Sandi Fernandez and the Beacon Hill-Billies have nothing to be concerned about, and the EP will far exceed anyone's hopes or expectations. In summary, Sandi and her band keep it together with an oustanding collection of songs on their debut EP, Fall Apart.

You can catch Sandi Fernandez and the Beacon Hillbillies at their EP release with Noah Byrd, The Owl Heads, and the Salmonberries at the Columbia City Theater on November 2nd.