Fences was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Christopher Mansfield, guitarist Benjamin Greenspan, bassist and vocalist Lindsey Starr and drummer Elliott Garm Chaffee. It’s an indie rock project of Seattle (Washington). They released their debut studio album Fences in 2008 and Lesser Oceans in 2014.
How did it all start?
Christopher Mansfield was born in Brockton, Massachusetts. He went to Berklee College of Music. In 2009, his debut EP, Ultimate Puke, was discovered via MySpace by Sara Quin of popular Canadian indie band Tegan & Sara. Quin ended up producing, recording and adding vocals to his self-titled debut album, Fences, which was released in 2010
Mansfield had also caught the attention of Seattle rapper Macklemore, who came across his performance from Songs for eating and drinking, a collective of Seattle musicians who dine together and share music written specifically for that event.
In late 2010/early 2011, Fences toured in support of punk rock band Against Me! In 2011, the band toured with indie pop band Hellogoodbye. In August 2011, Mansfield collaborated with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on “Otherside” (Remix), and he also co-wrote “10,000 Hours” from Macklemore’s 2012 album The Heist, along with the vocals of Fences bassist Lindsey Starr.
In 2013, Jeff Castelaz signed Mansfield to Elektra Records. Mansfield’s album Lesser Oceans features production by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men) and Ryan Lewis. Moreover, Mansfield released a new single titled “Arrows” in collaboration with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The single reached number one on Billboard Magazine’s Emerging Artists chart.