Seattle-based sextette La Fonda combines 60s surf with 90s alt-rock nostalgia, reverb-inflected guitars, driving basslines, catchy melodies and honest lyrics. The indie pop band is led by sisters Veronica and Valerie Topacio, their dreamy, harmonically rich vocals exploring the highs and lows of love, longing and loss.
After years living on opposite sides of Washington, Veronica and Valerie took up residence in a Belltown apartment in spring 2015, two blocks from Pike Place Market. They spent the summer busking and reconnected with long-time friend and old roommate guitarist Jesse Cole. Singing in the living room with guitars was already a regular affair for the sisters—who had grown up in a musical household—and Cole’s blue wave guitar style mixed perfectly with their harmonies.
Noise complaints and the threat of eviction led the sisters to rent a nearby practice space just outside downtown Seattle. That same week, swiping right on Tinder led the sisters and Cole to their musical soulmate, bassist Bryan Dever. Soon after, Dever’s childhood friend Patrick Hodge (keys) joined the ensemble and eventually La Fonda was complete with Mike Wellner (drums). United in musical comradery, La Fonda spent most of 2016 in the studio, where they recorded and produced their EP “Good Love” with head engineer Garrett Reynolds of Electrokitty Sound Studios in Wallingford, WA.
Nextnorthwest.com named their stand-out single “Seasons Change” as the song of the week, writing “Veronica and Valerie beautifully harmonize their vocals over lively drum beats and bright keys . . . you can tell that each member from the band brings a vital sound that allows them to produce such fun, catchy music.” Their debut EP aims to unveil the mysteries of love and attraction while questioning commitment with songs like “Staying True,” luring you in with lyrics that emphasize the interplay between moodiness and loyalty in relationships.
The group’s wistful seriousness is balanced by outgoing charm, and La Fonda is known to bring the party with hits like “FOMO,” which was accompanied by a music video IMPOSE magazine debuted in spring 2017. The band built a presence playing in and around the Northwest in front of packed crowds at venues including Crocodile Café, Neumos, Chop Suey, and Tractor Tavern. Their songwriting and surfy guitar riffs share the same pop-infused vein as Best Coast, Rilo Kiley and Japanese Breakfast. As they set out to embark on their “Good Love” Tour in the spring of 2018, making their way throughout the West Coast down to SxSw, they hope to inspire and encourage people to show up fully in love as their most authentic, confident and beautifully vulnerable selves.