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News: Fences Confirm Release Of New Album ‘Lesser Oceans’

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(US) Elektra recording artist Fences has unveiled their much anticipated touring plans for the fall. The Seattle-based indie band will join Bear Hands for a cross-country trek starting in late October and running through mid-November (see tour dates below). The tour supports the band’s current single “Arrows” featuring Macklemore and produced by Ryan Lewis, which is digitally available now and featured on their forthcoming full length “LESSER OCEANS,” set for release on January 13, 2015.

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Fences is just coming off their national television debut, an inspired performance of “Arrows” featuring Macklemore on NBC’S “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon“. The companion video for “Arrows” has already surpassed 1.2 million views on the band’s official YouTube channel. Shot entirely in Seattle, WA, over the course of a week, the “Arrows” video was directed by GRAMMY-nominee and longtime Macklemore and Ryan Lewis friend/collaborator Jason Koenig along with award-winning photographer John Keatley. Koenig previously worked with Fences on the companion music video for “Otherside Remix,” the 2011 collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This is the fourth music video that Seattle-based Koenig has helmed for the hip-hop duo, including “Can’t Hold Us” which won a pair of MTV Video Music Awards and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Music Video.

FencesLesserOceansFences is set to join the star-studded lineup at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 20. The high-profile performance follows a series of summer performances with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Germany’s Chiemisse Summer and Highfield Festival, and the UK’s Leeds and Reading festivals.  The Seattle-based tunesmith has a long history with the chart-topping hip-hop duo, including a writing credit on “Ten Thousand Hours,” the opening track on 2012’s GRAMMY Award winning blockbuster, “THE HEIST,” and the previously mentioned fan favorite, “Otherside Remix.” The latter track has proven a certifiable YouTube phenomenon, with the Jason Koenig-directed clip racking up more than 37 million individual views and counting. You can watch the clip here.

“LESSER OCEANS” – which follows 2010’s “FENCES” – sees Mansfield mastering his distinctive brand of melancholic folk-pop and bittersweet slacker anthems. In addition to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the album also features Fences co-horts Benjamin Greenspan and Lindsey Starr as well as production from such studio luminaries as Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, The Lonely Forest).

A charismatic and engaging performer, Fences has also earned high praise as a live act, both solo and with the crack band he gathers to give full life to his stunning songs. In addition to countless headline gigs, Fences has toured alongside such like-minded artists as Tegan & Sara, Against Me! and Hellogoodbye, while also winning over crowds at major American festivals including Lollapalooza and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

Fences Fall 2014 Tour Dates – (More dates to be announced)
All dates supporting Bear Hands except where noted *

20 – iHeartRadio Music Festival | Las Vegas, NV*

23 – Strummer’s | Fresno, CA
24 – B-Ryder’s | Bakersfield, CA
28 – The Roxy Theatre | West Hollywood, CA
29 – Velvet Jones | Santa Barbara, CA
31 – Ace of Spades | Sacramento, CA

3 – Kilby Court | Salt Lake City, UT
4 – Larimer Lounge | Denver, CO
5 – The Black Sheep | Colorado Springs, CO
11 – The Rave Bar | Milwaukee, WI
13 – Cattivo | Pittsburgh, PA
15 – The Loft @ The Chance | Poughkeepsie, NY