Argentina-born Fernando Viciconte came old musically in L.A. fronting the hard rock-band Monkey Paw (and implementing the moniker Xavier). He transferred to Portland, OR, in 1994 and released Period in Hell, a downbeat assortment of nation rock and roll, in 1996. His sophomore work, Widows, noticed a harder-edged strategy that sometimes recalled his Southern California times. Speaking spanish record Pacoima (1998) symbolized an abrupt change as Fernando explored his Therefore Cal barrio root base, swinging from boundary rock and roll to Tex-Mex to Mexican R&B. Affirmed, he transformed gears just as before for Old Guy Motel (1999), indulging in a robust collection of fairly straight-ahead rock and roll. 2001 discovered Fernando departing Cravedog for Domingo Information and launching Dreams of sunlight and Sky, a startlingly beautiful assortment of gauzy, narcotic monitors with Latin and country-folk accents.