It’s been seven years since Fonda’s last album, Catching Up To The Future, was released on the Parasol label imprint, Hidden Agenda Records. Since then, the band’s principal songwriters, David Klotz and Emily Cook have devoted time to other projects. Emily is a working screenwriter having written such films as “Gnomeo and Juliet” while David is currently the music editor for the television show “Glee”.
Their most important project to date, however, has been the birth of their son, Henry. So, there’ve been some legitimate reasons for the prolonged absence. They actually recorded the bulk of their new EP around Henry’s nap schedule. A good day in the studio would be having the ability to finish just one guitar track.
Many months later, they had 5 new songs of 1960's styled indie-pop. However, in classic Fonda form, those 5 pop songs have been filtered through the lens of 1990's-era, My Bloody Valentine creating some fine melodic dreampop.
The origin of the band began nearly 17 years ago when Emily Cook moved from London to Los Angeles to find a job in Hollywood. A chance meeting with David Klotz on a movie set led to the friendship that would eventually form the band Fonda. Sharing an adoration for Farfisa organs and the musicals of French film director Jacques Demy, they recorded 1998's Music For Beginners EP. Pressing only 1000 copies, David and Emily spent their weekends driving to record stores to consign copies of the 5-song disc. Their hard work paid off with the help of KROQ's legendary DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer, who played the track "Crazy Love", making it one of the top ten most requested songs on his show in 1999.
Later that year, David Newton, former member of Sire/Reprise artists, The Mighty Lemon Drops, joined Fonda after producing their debut album The Invisible Girl. With a host of friends filling in on bass and drums, Fonda self-released the album in 1999. It was embraced by college radio and peaked at #39 on the CMJ 200 Album Charts.
In 2001, Fonda released their 2nd album The Strange and The Familiar. Soon after, Fonda's crafty pop sense caught the attention of Miramax Films, hiring the band to write and perform the end title song to Robert Rodriguez's 2001 summer hit movie, "Spy Kids". Fonda's catchy "Spy Kids" anthem appeared on the film's soundtrack and was released as a single in Europe. To this day, it’s still a current favorite on Disney radio.
In 2003, Fonda recorded and released their third album, "Catching Up To The Future" And then, as it always does, life gets in the way: career opportunities, mortgage payments, wine tastings, babies, etc.
As years passed, the band’s then current line-up drifted apart leaving David and Emily to find their way back seven years later with the Better Days EP.