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SEATTLE - After four albums with the successful pop-punk-rock band Plankeye (who have sold nearly 100,000 albums and have done national tours with such bands as the Newsboys), lead singer and front man Scott Siletta has seen fit to go off on his own, letting the band continue without him in an effort to define his own niche in the music industry. Fanmail's album and EP ("Here Comes Fanmail") is helping Scott continue and contribute to his one true passion...music.
Songs on the EP include, "Rock 'N' Roll Star," with its insanely catchy MxPx-style chorus: the driven "Let Down"; a pop-punk take on the Police's "Every Breath You Take"; and the cool power pop punch of "True Brand New." The album, released in late 1999, also includes the deeply personal "Happy Birthday," the funny and sharp "Turn Off That Radio," and the crunching yet affecting "Superfan."
"I thought how 'Fanmail' was cool, you know? Doin' it for the kids...doin' it for the fans. It just lets people know who listen, that I'm making this music for you."
The band first came into existence as Lucky Seven. The only problem was that there was already a band who donned that name. Rather than dueling the rival band for name rights...Scott continued the search for the perfect, catch-all band title. "Fanmail came from two different places": the fans (who kept sending Scott Plankeye fanmail), and from companies (who would always send Scott junkmail). At first, Scott contemplated the name Junkmail, but then Fanmail crept into his head and stuck. "I thought how Fanmail was cool, you know? Doin' it for the kids...doin' it for the fans. It just lets people know who listen, that I'm making this music for you." And that's exactly what Fanmail did...they recorded in Huntington Beach at the Green Room with engineer Gene Eugene (of Adam Again).
The artists included Nick Garassi, from Quayle and Spud Puddle, who laid down some vocal tracks as well as played rhythm guitar. Erik Tokle, in the band Rich Young Ruler, recorded bass. Gene Eugene (long time producer and artist in Adam Again) soloed on the Farfisa organ, Scott Silletta (the main producer) on guitar and vocals, and Elliot from Dakota Motor Co. did some guitar work and assisted in engineering. The recorded project then traveled up to Vancouver, BC, to be mixed at the Warehouse Studio by Jim Rondinelli (Everclear, Prince, The Supertones). The finished product was Scott's long awaited solo debut.
Now that Fanmail has recorded and is available to the public, the next logical step is for the band to tour. Unfortunately, Scott wasn't able to take the artists who recorded the record on the road with him. However, he was able to find a great deal of willing musicians to back his new endeavor. After trial and error Scott weeded out the top three: Jason Fleetwood - Bass & BGV, Jason Feltman - Drums, and Dale Yob (Coottes, Ninety Pound Wuss, Slick Shoes) - Guitar. With Scott's strong new line-up and bright purple van (which isn't surprising since Scott's main influence was Prince...or shall I say the artist formerly known as Prince), Fanmail plans on taking the world, the road, and the kids by storm. Just look for the purple van!!
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