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The Wayside - EP

by The Fast Sails

Dreamy indie rock with new wave and folk influences.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Time
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2. The Line
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3. Wayside
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4. The City
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Album Notes
The moniker The Fast Sails evokes the imagery of travel, movement, distance and progression. Perhaps that is why vocalist and songwriter Simone Snaith chose it as her new musical identity following several years in the post-hardcore rock band Wallace. Freed from the anarchy and aural intensity of the band, Snaith is now able to explore the folk and new wave artists that so heavily formed her musical upbringing.

The petite half-Jamaican, Baton Rouge native was raised by musician parents who played in new wave and punk bands throughout Snaith's childhood. This played a major influence in the lives of both Snaith and older brother, actor Shane West, who recently portrayed The Germs' Darby Crash in the film 'What We Do Is Secret'. She has since brought her affinity for The Clash and Kate Bush to California where she has been a resident for over 10 years. On her new EP The Wayside, Snaith both celebrates and chastises the city of Los Angeles, which she currently calls home.

On the mandolin-led folk and title track "Wayside" she bemoans the music club's treatment of musicians with the lyrics, "So we need fifty in a crowd or/ we don't get paid we aren't allowed oh/ I'll play the sidewalk for free for as along as I can/ I promise to get up and sing". The song ends with a glorious refrain celebrating the never-ending stream of ambition and youth into the city, an import that will forever be a part of California's identity.

Snaith is also quick to defend her adopted hometown from the misconceptions of outsiders as well. The pop song "The City" is laden with a driving beat and edgy synths that cut through the chorus while Snaith declares, "We don't deal in movie stars/ your stories of us are false". The song is an honest homage to Los Angeles that is both a source of strength and inspiration for its residents and subject to "those who come with ideas predisposed".

The EP is not just about personal or geographical politics, however. Snaith explores a failed relationship in the lyrics and mood of "The Line", a heartbreaking near-ballad that simultaneously teeters on the brink of dance music, while she examines a lover who feels he must choose his art over his partner. Then there are the whimsical frustrations of "Time", where Snaith questions the rat race of every day living and its impact on ones ability to remain creative.

The breadth of The Wayside is large for four songs, each containing their own stylistic elements and narrative; the net that is cast by the compositions is sweeping. But each song belongs to Snaith and is uniquely hers. With the horizon open wide, there's no telling how far these sails will carry her.

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