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READ: Whiskey Kisses Gets Reviewed By Ear Coffee 

"While Loynachan's writing is unquestionably the core of Fringe Pipes, he has once again surrounded himself with a murderer's row of local collaborators. Singer and violinist Jillian Rae adds gorgeous backing vocals to two-thirds of the tracks and members of 26 Bats! and Lucid VanGuard play across several songs. 

The music on Whiskey Kisses sounds wizened, even as the songs burst with life. Loynachan writes with a timeless pen without sinking into caricature. Classic country song topics - love, drinking, loneliness - are synthesized in a way that is fresh yet familiar. If you didn't know any better, you might think you're listening to a long-lost Nashville-recorded Americana album." - Ear Coffee

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New EP Available Now 

Runtime:  26 min 


Words and music by Colin Loynachan and Ross Vanderwerf


Produced, recorded, and mixed by Colin Loynachan at The Swamp 


Mastered by Eric Martin 



Jillian Rae - vocals 

Warren Thomas Fenzi - drums 

Ross Vanderwerf - vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, synthesizer 

Christian Wheeler - electric guitar 

Michael Betz - upright piano 

Peter Brügg - pedal steel guitar 

Nate Knutson - acoustic guitar 

Ben Ronning - electric guitar 

Colin Loynachan - vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, upright piano, electric piano, electric organ, glockenspiel, synthesizer, tubular bells


Thanks for your support, and enjoy the record.



Stream or download on all major platforms or download here

Announcing: Whiskey Kisses 

We are incredibly excited to announce our new EP, "Whiskey Kisses," will be released on Friday May 8th on all platforms and streaming services.

About the record:

In the summer of 2016, Fringe Pipes went on hiatus.  The reason for this was simple: college was over and life was starting.  There were bills to pay and seemingly more important things to worry about.  Some of my closest collaborators moved out west and it seemed as if the rock’n’roll days were over.  The console was sold and the basement studio of Northfield was traded out for a two bedroom apartment in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

So many things have happened between then and now.  Countless new artist friends and collaborators, the birth of a professional audio business, the painful demise of a romantic relationship, four apartments, three cars, a global pandemic; the list is too long to fit here.  Despite all of this, I somehow managed to write a few songs along the way.  The songs on this record are the ones that stuck around.  My hope is that they capture the transition we all experience into what is best known as “real life.”  When the idealization and irrational optimism of youth finally fade away, we get to know what we are really made of.  This record may not be filled with the gleeful guitar motifs and boundless energy of Karma Bricks, but I hope you will listen with an open to mind to the fact that our music changes with us, and enjoy it nonetheless.

New EP 

We are happy to announce that we will be releasing a new EP during the spring of 2020 .  The EP will have six tracks, each with it's own video.  We will be playing numerous shows in the Twin Cities in support of the record starting with Mortimer's on March 24 and The Kitty Cat Club on April 9.  Stay tuned for more details!

Fringe Pipes Triumphant Return 

Back from our 3 year tour of every territory and province of Canada, we return triumphantly to our great motherland of Minneapolis to open for the great Christian Wheeler.  Our performance will feature special guests King Calderon and Wayne Train from Air Is Air.  New lineup, new songs, and we're all slightly less good-looking now (except for Christian, who is better looking). 

December 18, Icehouse MPLS 9:30pm

Let's kick it.




released November 6, 2015

Download for free until Dec. 1 here

Written, performed, produced, recorded, and mixed by Colin Loynachan. Artwork by Eileen McNulty. Piano and Organ on tracks 1, 2, 8 by Adrian Calderon. Drums on track 2 by John Kronlokken. Acoustic and electric rhythm guitar on track 3 by Aleksander Seeman. Special thanks to Christian Wheeler and Jay Carlson who assisted in the inspiration and creative concept behind the music, and who comprise the band's vital rhythm section for live performances. While they are technically not heard on this record, it remains very easy to hear them on this record. Also thank you to Elliott Tadanier, a founding member of Fringe Pipes. Without Elliott, none of this would have been possible.

We will also be performing locally the Twin Cities area for the next few months.  A few upcoming shows include November 13 @ The Garage (Burnsville)November 19 @ Driftwood Char Bar (South Minneapolis), and December 12 @ The Contented Cow (Northfield).  See or check out our Facebook for more information regarding upcoming performances.

New Album to be Released November 6th 

We will be release our first full-length record, Karma Bricks, November 6th.  A single has been released today.  It is called A Little Before Nine.  Special thanks to Eileen McNulty for the artwork, and to Aleks Seeman and John Kronlokken who make noise on the record along with Adrian and Colin.  Karma Bricks arose out of a summer of systematic boredom for Colin and Adrian, as the rest of the band was out of town for the summer.  It started as a basement experiment- just a few demos for a new record.  As the summer came and went, it became apparent that these tracks were no mere demos- this was a record.  We hope you enjoy it.



We have released a new single called Prison Cells with an accompanying video.  The video is 100% live footage of the actual recording session for the single.  It was filmed in the retired public radio studio on St. Olaf College's Campus in Northfield, Minnesota.  The single and accompanying video were produced in association with DNNR PRTY.

Download the free single and watch the video here.


Produced and Engineered by John Kronlokken 
Mixed by Colin Loynachan

Video Directed and Edited by Aleksander Seeman 
Camera: Aleksander Seeman, Steven Wett, Zeos Greene, Kobi Dansingburg

With additional help from:
St. Olaf Broadcast Media
St. Olaf Theater Department
Melissa Nyberg - Media Room
St. Olaf Media Lab

John Kronlokken-Chair
Jay Carlson-Events Manager
Sam Benson-Treasurer
Colin Loynachan-Technical Manager
Aleksander Seeman-Video Production Manager
Christian Wheeler-A&R
Kristina Brust-Graphics

Music isn't dead - Disco hasn't won.


We have been working very hard in a little room with little light for many months.  We have struggled against power surges, tape hiss, electrical storms, and bouts of some unknown and mysterious illness.  Despite all of this:  we made something good.

We hope you all take the thirty minutes to give our debut release a good, thorough listen, and we hope you turn it up loud.

Remember, music isn't dead--disco hasn't won.


Christian Wheeler, Adrian Calderon, Jay Carlson, Elliott Tadanier, and Colin Loynachan