Argentine-born Fernando Viciconte has been a staple of the Portland music scene since the mid 1990s when he moved to the Rose City from Los Angeles where he had fronted hard rock band Monkey Paw. In Oregon, he reinvented himself as a roots musician and built a strong catalog of country-rock inspired songs.
Periodically sidelined for the past decade by a series of health scares (including major surgery for a throat condition), Fernando surprised longtime listeners when he emerged from a six year silence to announce that he would be releasing a new album in 2015. Perhaps even more surprising, an early cut released late last year, The Dogs, hinted at an entirely new sound steeped in psychedelia.
On September 18, Fernando officially releases his new album Leave The Radio On via Fluff and Gravy Records, but you can check out an exclusive premiere of one of the songs right here. This is the song Save Me:
“Save Me is the opening track to my new record and we intentionally chose to make the mix dissonant and disconcerting to let folks know that this record was going to signify a new direction for us,” says Fernando. “My co-producer on the record Mike Coykendall is on the drum kit and it was one of the last songs that we recorded for the record.”
Fernando is playing a record release show on August 29th at Star Theater in Portland along with Mike Coykendall, The Delines, and other special guests.