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Omaha, NE | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Omaha, NE | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Instrumental




"Artist Profile: Fontenelle | Video Interview"

Rarely is there a “face” of an instrumental band; a group with strong chemistry, like the roommates of Omaha progressive rock quartet Fontenelle, moves as a unit.

“When we first started playing, we felt more like [we] were jamming like a rock band,” says guitarist Tristan Costanzo. “Now when we play, it’s almost jamming like a jazz ensemble.”

Though you won’t find their records in the same bin as Miles Davis, the sentiment is fluidity, trust and looseness. That attitude has coalesced over the last few years as the band has honed its sound and its focus.

We visited with Fontenelle at the band’s basement studio for the latest artist profile to chat about building an emotional atmosphere, its seventh-grade “ska game” and why they often shy away from the live setting. Watch our interview below: - Adam LaRose (HearNebraska)

"Fontenelle (Live and Maintain) Review"

-Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.8 of 11
-Genre: Post rock
-Sounds Like: Explosions in the Sky, The Album Leaf

Post-rock instrumentalists Fontenelle are set to release their debut album Live & Maintain to the world. The band from Omaha, Nebraska has given us a well-structured Post-rock album that doesn’t completely sound like every other band in this genre. If you love the exploration of Explosions in the Sky and the modern sound of The Album Leaf than this one is right up your alley.

The twelve instrumental tracks on Live & Maintain are filled with inspiring heavy Post-rock rhythms, scattered electronic sounds and soft meandering jams. We must note, every now and then we hear a touch of light Math rock, which shows how technical the music can be. The production is clean and sharp, which benefits this style of music, each instrument is vibrant and pleasing to the ear. It’s almost impossible to break this one down on a song by song basis, so here are the highlights we all agreed upon at Rotation11.

The second track “Classic” dances between soft Post-rock and touches of math rock, the balance between these two genres is terrific. “Good Times” starts off with some infectious bass work and as the track progresses, we think there is a violin nestled into the music for a brief moment. The songs builds in strength to a sudden drop off of some sort of indie-like post rock, the guitar work is also beautiful here. This leads right into “Atlas,” and what an instrumental this one is, it will take you on a roller coaster of Post-rock melodies.

“Transparent Frequencies” is just as impressive, the use of what sounds like a Xylophone really elevates this one. The tranquil aura of the last cut “Waves” has a genuine sound, it does however pick up towards the end, yet it still maintains its peaceful vibe, sending the listener off on a good note.

We find Fontenelle to have a refreshing sound as the album does not get tiring, we constantly hear something new with every listen. The band has definitely taken Post-rock on a new path.

1. Forgotten Sons
2. Classic
3. Karma
4. Phasers
5. Good Times
6. Atlas
7. Transparent Frequencies
9. Ice Mountain
10. Taj Mahal
11. Live & Maintain
12. Waves

-Band Members:
Guitar-Zach Kurmel
Drums-Blake Amato
Bass-Alex Vang
Guitar-Tristan Costanzo

-Standout Tracks: Classic, Waves, Transparent Frequencies - Rotation11

"Fontenelle shares video preview of new album"

For Omaha instrumental rock band Fontenelle, there is no place like its basement studio. More than the live stage, as its members explained in a recent interview, it’s where everything is honed, from group chemistry to the completion of its forthcoming album.

Fitting, then, that its new video, “Transparent Frequencies,” was filmed there. It begins sparkling and smooth, building quickly through Zach Kurmel and Tristan Costanzo’s swirling, soaring guitar riffs. It continues to shift dynamically between the two themes, allowing the listener to build visuals on their own.

Fontenelle releases its new album, Live and Maintain, in the Slowdown front room Friday with Wakanda, Bed Rest and The Madness Apparatus. Doors are at 7 p.m., tickets are $8 and $10 on the day-of. RSVP here. - Andrew Stellmon (HearNebraska)


Still working on that hot first release.



Omaha, Nebraska's Fontenelle combine elements of post-rock, metal, and electronic music into beautiful and hypnotic instrumental compositions. The band's debut full length album "Live & Maintain" is a driving and dynamic journey through lush cinematic soundscapes that range from soft haunting melodies to total distorted chaos. They plan to take their captivating and energetic live show on the road to as many places as possible in 2016. 

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