DC Fontana make turned-on music to shake your hips & pluck your heartstrings.
The musical project of Mark Mortimer & Scott Riley together with long time Julian Cope guitarist & producer, Donald Ross Skinner, their words & verses come from the joy & pain of everyday life filtered through a kaleidoscope.
The DCs’ genre-defying music is as urban as Harry Palmer & as pagan & hallucinatory as Lord Summerisle.
Founding member Mortimer, who also plays with 60s freakbeat legends The Sorrows, has nurtured & directed the group since its inception & is one of the group’s composers along with Riley who used to play with Spectrum, the much-loved off-shoot of the Spacemen 3.
The group is known for its constantly evolving sound and equally changing line ups.
Since the release of their kitchen sink drama debut album ‘Six Against Eight,’ DC Fontana have worked with a number of different line ups with the duo providing the constant spine and songwriting nucleus.
Their most recent release, ‘Pentagram Man EP‘ reached no 3 in the International Indie charts.
It was preceeded by ‘Six Against Eight‘ & a limited edition alternative version of the album, sung in French & Italian, called ‘La Contessa,’ bisected by the ‘Meshkalina EP.‘
‘Six Against Eight‘ was recorded inside the famous Parr Street Studios in Liverpool – where they had been invited to record by legendary Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant.
Here they came up with a fascinating collection of mesmerising tunes: a sonic stew of eclectic ingredients.
Sleeve notes on ‘La Contessa‘ record were written by jazz legends Keith & Julie Tippetts (aka Driscoll) while British psychedelic guru Peter Daltrey of seminal 60s band Kaleidoscope wrote the liner notes for ‘Pentagram Man‘, the EP also featuring a guest vocal version by 60s star Don Fardon who has since become a close friend & has even occasionally appeared on stage with the band.
Fardon & DC Fontana headlined the prestigious Euro YeYe festival in Gijón, Spain in August 2012 in front of many thousands & also performed four sell-out dates at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
The most recent release, the ‘Pentagram Man’ record featured the title track & ‘DevilAngel‘ alongside the acid-folk beauty of ‘What Would It Take?‘, an eight-minute ambient trip-athon called ‘Sighed DC‘ and a lovely lazy acoustic jazz reworking of the group’s live favourite ‘Satisfied‘ as well as the Don Fardon vocal version of the title track.
Recently, Mortimer, Skinner & Riley have been working on new songs that will eventually become the long overdue follow up to ‘Six Against Eight.’
The gap in albums arose partly from the vast expense of recording & financing the first release as well as the lack of stability with collaborating musicians.
The new songs are rumours to be radically different from the previous releases.
The REV DELIRIUM