Formed in the house show scene of Portland Oregon, Fringe Class has been bringing their evolving brand of dark wave, synth-punk, and art pop to the stage since 2011, and touring relentlessly all over the western states since 2016. With a wide-eyed but gifted vocalist, and a polished live performance, this heart-pounding blend of gritty dance music and and crisp pop hooks creates not only a unique sound, but a truly unforgettable live experience.
Fringe Class started to build their structure in their teenage years, when Brad Russell (Bass, Vocals), Patrick Berry (Synths, Samples, Drums) and Sam Gerendasy (Drums, Synths, Vocals) began experimenting with music together whilst playing in garage bands. The later arrival of Madeline Goldstein - also know as Madi G G - (Lead Vocals, Synths, Lyricist) brought Fringe Class full circle as the influence of a vocalist began to carve out their future sound. The group has two releases to date -Fringe Class Forever EP, and Fringe Class Begins EP, and has a debut full length album, Alone by the Phone, due out in 2019.
Best described as a ‘superficial soundtrack to the after-modern youth experience,’ Fringe Class is influenced by a wide range of musical acts such as Neon Indian, Guidance Counselor, Starfucker, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, My Bloody Valentine, Karen O., Madonna, Blondie, and Kate Bush and the everlasting idea of the female pop star. . When it comes to the songwriting process, the band considers the energy of the live performance first, as they cemented themselves in the DIY punk scene before all else. It is clear in their live performance that maintaining a raw and visceral connection to the audience is a priority; if the pounding wall-of-noise synths don’t get you, the theatrics and gut-wrenching hollering vocals woven between glittering melody most certainly will.