Fond Han, the "Original Rinkers of Donktown," are getting ready to release "Sham Cloud," their full length debut on Exploding In Sound Records. They're a wild card and luckily... it's time to get wild. Drawing influence from Daughters and Converge to Modest Mouse and Dischord Records, Fond Han are unpredictable by nature. The band's Bandcamp tags include "arboreal yazz" and "shark doom" among others, a glimpse into the mindset of Fond Han and the strange new world the new New Jersey duo have created with their post-hardcore indebted indie punk. It's a squiggling, convulsive, freakshow of entertainment and impeccable musicianship that's captivating from start to finish. You never know what lurks around the corner as "Sham Cloud" unfolds with a diverse range of songs and wondrous creativity.
Back in 2014, Fond Han released their debut EP, a split cassette with Mattress Financial (Two Inch Astronaut's Sam Rosenberg), but a lot has changed for Thomas Baumann’s project in the years since. Originally a lo-fi solo endeavor, Fond Han quickly expanded into a band as Baumann was joined by Kira McDonald and a revolving cast of musicians. Still raw and weird, the band's sound has been fleshed out and fully realized.
"Sham Cloud" offers a look into one of the most vibrant art punk bands within New Jersey’s ever strong DIY scene. The album, comprised of eight tracks in just under twenty minutes, mixes the band’s love of bummed out indie rock, mathy punk, and spastic prog metal instrumentals for something both genuinely beautiful and unflinchingly chaotic. Full of jagged rhythms and twisted riffs, Fond Han have created an intelligent and energetic record with enough tongue-in-cheek charm to keep things light.
Baumann and McDonald wrote and performed the record with guest appearances from Steve Hartlett (Stove/Ovlov), Devin McKnight (Speedy Ortiz/Grass Is Green), Vinnie Daidone, and Zachary Miller, and it's safe to say the album is nothing if not unpredictable. Eager to explore the boundaries of post-hardcore, punk, indie, and art rock with an absurdist mentality, this one is sure to catch a few folks off guard.
It’s been a long time coming but EIS is very proud to be releasing this record together with Fond Han.