by / September 30th, 2009 /

Richmond Fontaine – The Sugar Club, Dublin

Tickets will be €19 on sale this Wed from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, booking line no.0818 719 300. Online at

We Used to Think’¦Richmond Fontaine’s eighth studio album finds the band at their peak both artistically and commercially. The Independent recently called singer/songwriter Willy Vlautin ‘the Dylan of the dislocated’ and the band has been a firm critics favourite since the release of Post to Wire in 2004 and were given two albums of the month from UNCUT in 04 and 05. Fontaine’s sound has continued its decade-long evolution and is now fully realized on We Used to Think’¦Featuring epic songs like ‘Lonnie’ and ‘Two Alone’ and beautiful folk tunes like ‘Ruby And Lou’ and ‘The Pull’, the new album delivers Vlautin’s classic storytelling backed by Fontaine’s most interesting and accomplished musical performance to date.

The birth of We Used To Think’¦ began at the tail end of a year-long tour in 2007 supporting Thirteen Cities. Singer/songwriter Willy Vlautin’s mother died suddenly, two days before Vlautin was scheduled to return home. This prompted the road-weary band to take a year’s sabbatical. Holed up at his home in rural Oregon, Vlautin reflected on family, relationships, and love and began writing songs. Two months into a writing streak, he was bucked off his horse and forced to spend months nursing a badly broken arm. Finally able to get back to writing, Vlautin retreated to his writing shed and emerged a year later with a new novel (Lean on Pete, release date Feb 2010, Faber & Faber) and twenty songs about love, heartache, and loss.

After arranging and rehearsing the songs that would become We Used To Think’¦, the band decided to stay close to home and record with old friends Larry Crane and JD Foster (Dwight Yokam, Calexico) at Crane’s Jackpot Studios (The Go-Betweens, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, The Shins) in Portland.

The core of the band remains Willy Vlautin (guitars, vocals), Sean Oldham (drums, vocals), Dave Harding (bass), and Dan Eccles (guitars). For the session, Fontaine also brought in family members and friends, Collin Oldham (cello, cellomobo), Paul Brainard (pedal steel, trumpet), and Ralph Huntley (piano).

Willy Vlautin has released two novels to great acclaim, The Motel Life and Northline on Faber & Faber. Movie rights to both novels have been optioned. Oscar-nominated screenwriter and award-winning director Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is adapting and directing Northline.