Farewell Typewriter
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Farewell Typewriter

Alameda, California, United States | SELF

Alameda, California, United States | SELF
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"Recorded Reviews: Farewell Typewriter — Selfish EP (Oct. 2007)"

On Selfish, Farewell Typewriter remembers what it’s like to be on the verge of adulthood. A coming of age story, the CD finds the Bay Area quartet revisiting the trials typically associated with one’s late teens and early twenties to the beat of catchy indie rock tunes.

The album starts off with “I’m Good I Swear,” a song about the challenges of upholding moral beliefs when faced with being responsible for one’s own actions. Grant Shellen sings, “I knew when I went to college / That my head would fill with knowledge / But I hoped it wouldn’t push my values out / Seven bottles later / As I puked in the elevator / I knew there had to be an in-between.” Following this opening track are several variations on the “girls are so confusing” strain of boy-talk. The final song, “You Know the One I Mean” attempts an ode to the moochy friend: “I’m the ghost that always haunts / I’m the friend that always wants / Something done for him and done ASAP.” A very truthful and seriously funny song.

The tone and overall vocal style are very straightforward on Selfish and the CD is generally no frills as far as instrumentation is concerned. Solid drumming by Steve Slater propels each song forward into a swelling bridge or a swinging chorus. A synthesizer comes in on two songs in a successful attempt to up the dorkitude.

For an initial effort, this album presents itself well. It seems it would be most relatable and enjoyed by those currently struggling through this limbo zone of growing up, with plenty of potential for new dimensions to be added musically as the band matures and other lyrical themes are explored.

-Allison Foley - West Coast Performer


Buttons & Bows (2011)
Selfish EP (2007)



Farewell Typewriter is simply the best mediocre rock band around. The energy and accuracy with which the band performs its middle-of-the-pack songs is simply astounding. This San Francisco Bay Area band's top-notch ordinariness is on fine display on its 2011 full-length release, "Buttons and Bows," featuring live favorites "The Golden Kind" and "To Tell the Truth" alongside newer nuggets of polished normalcy like "Slow Burn," a rich tapestry of predictable instrumentation and average-level performance. Whether live or recorded, Farewell Typewriter will knock your socks off with its mid-level quality. Prepare to be satisfied.

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