Formed in 2009, Oakland based indie rockers, Felsen have just finished their 3rd album Breaking Up With Loneliness which will be released December 9, 2011. The album is the culmination of 2 years of constant performing, touring, wood-shedding and songwriting and now they’ve clearly produced their finest effort to date. The new album’s producer, Jonathan “JP” Parker (who has worked with Wilco, the Fray, Andrew Bird, the Redwalls & Liz Phair) early on in the process said “the new songs may very well be the best batch of raw songs that I have encountered since Wilco's Summerteeth (period)”.
“Breaking Up With Loneliness is an instant classic, presenting a non-stop string of smart and memorable songs...almost all of which sound like hits you've never heard before.”
Frontman Andrew Griffin started Felsen after his 2006 cancer diagnosis. Less than five months after his diagnosis, Griffin's first and only child was born. As he balanced the responsibilities of fatherhood with ongoing cancer treatment, Griffin turned to songwriting as a coping strategy, which led to the release of Felsen's first album, Accidental Drowning in 2009. Felsen Loves You, an EP on the Ninth Street Opus label, followed in 2010.
Griffin wrote the title track, “Breaking Up With Loneliness,” about his young son. The somber, personal tone of that track is balanced by the Casio-infused pop whimsy of BFF OMG and the sugar-coated social commentary of tunes like Oscar Grant (named for the man shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police on New Year's Eve, 2009) and The Secret Life of Guns. Felsen is known for being able to engage even distant audiences through Griffin's dry humor and stage antics, and frequent “visitations” from a giant dancing bunny.
Felsen (Griffin-vocals and guitar, Dominic Henri-bass and vocals, Justus Dobrin-keyboards, and Art McConnell-drums) were joined in the studio by legendary drummer Michael Urbano (Smashmouth, 3rd Eye Blind, Sheryl Crow, Cracker, CAKE) and slide guitar virtuoso Johnny Vernazza (Elvin Bishop, Norton Buffalo, Marshall Tucker Band, Van Morrison) and was mixed by Chris Brickley (Wilco, Mary J. Blige, Smashing Pumpkins). On stage, Felsen has recently been joined by guitarist Jonathan Devoto (of Bird By Bird and formerly of the Matches). Breaking Up With Loneliness was 100% funded by Felsen’s fans through Kickstarter.
Felsen has toured all over the great state of California and are about to embark on a full West Coast tour this fall to coincide with the release of their new album. They have opened for National acts: Camper Van Beethoven, Marcy Playground, One Eskimo, Stone Foxes and Luce. They were honored by the readers of the Deli Magazine and voted band of the month in Nov 2010 and performed at this year's Noise Pop Festival. Felsen also has 3 songs on the Rock Band Video Game!
"Felsen's music is both smart and sexy and is always catchy. It demands repeated listening. This is for Alt Rock fans of Wilco, Radiohead, the Flaming Lips, Beck AND fans of the classic sound of Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys and the Beatles." Ninth Street Opus Music
“Marvelously witty pop”, East Bay Express
“This is music full of originality while staying rooted in some of the best of classic rock.” seaoftranqulity.org,P>
“Witty lyrics, solid hooks, and great production are all here.” rockandrollsuperstar.com
Stream our new album Breaking Up With Loneliness at www.deliradio.com/felsen