Portland, Oregon’s Federale are pleased to announce the release of their third studio album: “The Blood Flowed Like Wine.” This release, two years in the making, expands Federale’s vocabulary to include lyric driven songs. Including a murder ballad sung by Alex Maas of the Black Angels and a heroic theme sung by KP Thomas of Los Angeles’s Spindrift. The range of instruments has also expanded to include strings performed by Portland’s 45th Parallel Ensemble. Members of the Oregon Symphony provide Flute, French Horn and Oboe. And country tinged Pedal Steel Guitar grace tunes courtesy of Paul Brainard from Richmond Fontaine.
“The Blood Flowed Like Wine” also retains Federale’s traditional arsenal: soaring operatic vocals, fanfare blasting trumpets, lonesome whistle, twangy reverbed guitars and swelling men’s choir. Many songs also contain spooky electronic textures and unusual or exotic instruments. The result is a wider range of musical styles and moods. Creating unique and epic music that conjures cinematic images. “The Blood Flowed Like Wine” is equal parts Rock and Roll, Electronic, Classical and Old School Western.
Formed in 2005, Federale set out to re-capture the haunting, violent atmosphere evoked by classic films such as “A Fistful of Dollars” and “Once Upon a Time in the West.” On stage, Federale can include as many as fourteen musicians. Since 2009 Federale has toured the west coast several times. Including one tour opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and playing in venues such as the Fillmore in San Francisco and Austin Texas’s Psychfest. Federale’s music has been featured in the CW show “Supernatural”, Discovery Channel’s “Mantracker”, and in several commercials for Dodge and Chrysler products.
In 2007 Federale released its first record, “La Rayar: A Tale of Revenge.” “La Rayar” tells the story of Santiago, whose life descends into violence as tragedy destroys his world. Themes in the songs represent different characters in the story. As the tale unfolds, the auditory themes develop, carrying the listener along on Santiago’s journey.
“Devil in a Boot,” Federale’s second album, was released in 2009. The album illustrates the clash between the wild west and the industrial age as symbolized by the encroaching railroad.