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Facing New York formed in early 2004, comprised of friends and ex-members of ex-bands wanting to play ex-music together. After recording two EPs and touring ferociously all year, they returned home to the reality of being “working musicians” in the Fall of 2004.

Without jobs, without a way to make end’s meet, Facing New York began writing and rehearsing material for their first full length record. They found themselves with no freedom other than to write about what was on their minds: survival. As the year went on, the record began to chronicle their own travels more and more.

To ensure this recording would accurately display every tiny detail the band was beginning to obsess over, they took an advised-against, risk-taking, decisive step to engineer and produce their own album. It was a conscious decision to make a record that would comfortably find it’s own sound, and it’s own feel. The group also decided to track the album in a live fashion, with all the members standing in one room, smiling, laughing, and making music all at once.

Now complete, the album stands as a testament to the entire last year of their lives. It can also be considered a tribute to the masses of 20-somethings, trying to find themselves, trying to find love, and trying to find enough change in the couch to make rent.

The original five members formed from mutual bands from the Bay Area scene. Omar Cuellar and Matt Fazzi left their band, Tragedy Andy, to pursue a new musical direction, while Eric Frederic and Rene Carranza’s band, Locale A.M., had recently disbanded. Eric continued to write music and along with Rene, the two began to jam with Matt Fazzi.


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  • JeanetteWall

    Love Facing New York? Check out the latest video from Wallpaper. called "Good 4 It"!

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • dchav

    It's like Time of Orchids meets Steely Dan.

    8 May 2012 Reply
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    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • darth_derp

    You guys may not remember, but I spoke to your singer and bass player after a gig you played in Lucerne, Switzerland back in Sep 2007. You guys are amazing!! Still listen to your record regularly. See you next time!

    14 Sep 2011 Reply
  • inthecloudsnj

    FNY - Get Hot now available on vinyl

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • pasturnak

    via twitter: "facingnewyork Facing New York Playing a secret show tomorrow at international and 18th ave in e Oakland around noon. 16 Jul" read this today. fuck.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • EbonNemesis

    Get Hot is really good too but it's in a way different style from their self-title, much more funky.

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Leggett

    Send the dude an email through the bigcartel, I did the same and he was really helpful.

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • waffleswaffles

    'Sorry, “Facing New York: Get Hot Vinyl” doesn’t ship to United Kingdom' ;______________________________;

    1 May 2011 Reply
  • pasturnak

    via facebook: "Facing New York Pre band practice chicken, waffles, and grits at Brown Sugar Cafe in West Oakland"

    1 May 2011 Reply
  • bryanvangelder

    Boss: now you guys just need to come back and make NEW MUSIC

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Leggett

    It's all brilliant, but Get Hot is up there with my all time favourite records, and Hardwood Floors one of my all time favourite songs

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • EbonNemesis

    Self-title is awesome, probably my favorite rock album ever. As much as I like Wallpaper, Rick Reed needs to come back and reunite Facing New York.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • bluebomber1313

    Get Hot is way better. It is the definition of elegance.

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • waffleswaffles

    Their first album feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure sometimes. Really incredible and intelligent, but is drowned so very heavily in effects. There's much less of that in their second album, it feels "purer" somehow. That said, I too enjoy it more (but only by a little).

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mcwalton

    I have to agree with pasturnak. Get Hot is good, but the self-titled is one of my favorite albums ever.

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • pasturnak

    First album is much much better.

    10 Mar 2011 Reply

    Saw them last year for the first time, they opened up for dredg and they were pretty awesome, I bought their 'get hot' there, it's a nice cd.

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • sonystrife

    great band!

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • mudandbleach

    i remember seeing these guys open for coheed ages ago at the glass house. good memories.

    14 Dec 2010 Reply
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