La Fonda is a lyrically-driven, indie dream pop band defined by two sisters, singer-songwriters Veronica and Valerie Topacio. The band explores love, longing, and loss with smart, harmonically-rich vocals, reverberating, 60s surf-esque guitars, driving basslines, catchy melodies and 90s alt-rock nostalgia.
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. 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 their fun, outgoing charm. La Fonda has made a reputation for themselves to bring the party wherever they go, enlivening venues with fan-favorites like their song “FOMO,” whose music video was premiered by IMPOSE magazine in spring 2017. Based in Seattle, the band built a presence playing in front of packed crowds at venues including Crocodile Café, Neumos, Chop Suey, and the Tractor Tavern. Their songwriting and surfy guitar riffs share the same pop-infused vein as Best Coast, Rilo Kiley and Japanese Breakfast. Having recently returned from a month-long tour in spring 2018 with stops in Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, San Francisco and Austin at SxSw, they also celebrate their latest release of the hit single, “In the Summer,” applauded by numerous indie blogs for its “beautifully harmonized vocals, rich instrumentation and enhancing layers of synths.” Excited to be working on their debut album this year, it’s their hope that their music continues to inspire people to show up fully in love as their most authentic, confident and beautifully vulnerable selves.