Farkus

Farkus

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAlternativeRock

In a time where pretentious art-rock bands are hailed like the second-coming of Jesus, Farkus sheds the notion of what's cool and simply rocks with no-nonsense rock n roll based on big rock hooks, smart insightful lyrics, and memorable melodies. Farkus' debut album was a success with critics and fans with 70k+ downloads. - Muzik Reviews

Biography

Drummer Dave Durdov entered a Champaign Illinois college party as a stranger when he happened upon Tony Maguire and Brian Gillham jamming together on acoustic guitars. Intrigued by the unfamiliar songs the duo was performing, Durdov had to inquire who they were “covering”. His question remained unanswered until the three were able to regroup in their hometown of Chicago years later to form the beginnings of Farkus. The final piece of the puzzle, Kevin Coyne, was no stranger to the band. However, Maguire and Gillham were unaware that since they last saw Coyne in high school he was busy honing his musical talent by touring Europe as a bass player. Today Farkus has a catalogue of material and have released their first record ‘Thought You Should Know’ to much critical acclaim. Among other gems, the debut album includes includes “Windsor Noose”, the very first Farkus song Durdov heard that night in Champaign.

Lyrics

Chance

Written By: Tony Maguire

Is there truth in destiny
Or can my will change everything
Maybe fate’s a hopeless dream
The lazy rely on

I have nothing I’m concerned
But that’s everything I’ve earned
If I stomp my two feet hard enough
Will I get my way

Will I take it now
I will rise or I’ll go straight down
Make a move or only wait around
Complacent as I let escape
Another chance

Should I keep my fingers crossed
Quote a poem by Robert Frost
Or beg a body on a cross
To find it, find it

I close my eyes and make a wish
At least the losers took their risk
Inspiration’s for the amateur
Sleep through dawn today

Will I take it now
I will rise or I’ll go straight down
Make a move or only wait around
Complacent as I let escape
Another chance

Without your slogans
Without your gods
I will make this happen
And this will be the day

I will take it now
I will rise or I’ll go straight down
Make a move, no I won’t wait around
Complacent as I let escape
Another chance

Bitter Cinderella

Written By: Tony Maguire

You speak of insecurity
Like it’s your self-righteous confession
All your researched magazines
Can’t cure your pop-culture depression

You fear, like you, some play the part
You learn the hard way that they
Fake their smiles too

Insincere affections fade
Although they’re comfortably consistent
Your brilliant pessimist pretense
It’s never worse than you expected

You fear, like you, some play the part
You learn the hard way that they
Fake their smiles too

You’re just afraid that everyone else is like you
You’re just afraid that everyone else is like you…

Supposed To Be

Written By: Tony Maguire

I found myself lost again
Seems lately this is how
Everyday begins
I’d ask directions
But this is where I’m supposed to be
Within the lines
Black and white

I found myself alone again
Seems lately this is how
Every evening ends
I’m never questioned
‘Cause this is who I’m supposed to be
Living a lie
And satisfied

And when the curtains close
I escape so drastically
Desperate to be as happy
As I pretend to be

There is no one I’m supposed to be
There is nowhere I’m supposed to be
There is no one I’m supposed to need
I’ll decide who I’m supposed to be

Salt

Written By: Tony Maguire

I’ve lost again thought you should know
Start the parade gather your stones

I see your finger points at me
But don’t you see the other three
Point right back at you

I’m wrong again thought you should know
Save breath from laughs for I told you so’s

There’s a splinter in my eye
But before you free it
Pull the log out of your own

I may be at fault and out of line
Just live your life, don’t live mine
Wherever I fall, whenever I bleed
You pour your salt all over me

I may be at fault and out of line
Just live your life, don’t live mine
Wherever I fall, whenever I bleed
You pour your salt all over me

I may be at fault and out of line
Just live your life, don’t live mine
Wherever I fall, whenever I bleed
You pour your salt all over me

New Love and Prescriptions

Written By: Tony Maguire

I lost her for days
In her deferment of pain
She hangs onto this world
With a lose grip
I found her in her ruins
With dust covered spoons
Wake for me
Wake for me…

Eyes squint as I open the blinds
Blinded by a bright pink sky, sky
She asks is it sunset or rise
How could I leave her alone

Conflicting addictions
New love and prescriptions
Can I cure my love

You want me to let you go
To save myself
To spare your shame
But if I go
You’ll just be fooling yourself
Because you won’t
You won’t stay long

If you give up on yourself
Like you gave up on me
Or if I cure my love
There’ll be nothing left of yourself
There’s not much left of me

Windsor Noose

Written By: Tony Maguire

I stayed up all night
Looking for the line
I’m not ready to cross
My plans are quickly falling into place
Just not in order
‘Cause I don’t need my dreams to be brought down
I’ve got two aisles left to walk down
And I still can’t tie a tie

But in just one night
I could cross the line

When I wake tomorrow
Will it still be the same
I’m not ready for the change
When I wake tomorrow
Will I find my way
I’m not ready for the change

I guess I need a haircut
And a collared shirt ‘cause I’m
Done with the shovel
Will I have to let go of these strings
Or the bottle
Can’t I be set free just like Barabus
Should I lose those rose colored glasses
And wear this noose around my neck

‘Cause in just one night
I could see the line

When I wake tomorrow
Will it still be the same
I’m not ready for the change
When I wake tomorrow
Will I find my way
I’m not ready for the change

Will I trade my jeans for slacks
My beer belly for an office ass
What will the mirror show
Will I ever let this go

When I wake tomorrow
Will it still be the same
I’m not ready for the change
When I wake tomorrow
Will I find my way
I’m not ready for the change

‘Cause in just one night
I could cross the line

This Happens Everyday

Written By: Tony Maguire

From my shadow I run
I spent four days chasing the sun
As she makes her great escape
Every worry she takes

Without payment
Without praise
This happens everyday

It’s for the journey not the place
Not to capture just to chase
As she makes her great escape
An empty canvas thirsts for paint

Without payment
Without praise
This happens everyday

When this world spins me around
There’s a new friend to be found
Without payment
Without praise
This happens everyday

When this world spins me around
There’s an old friend to be found
Without payment
Without praise
This happens everyday

When this world spins me around
When this world spins
When this world spins

When this world spins me around
When this world spins
When this world spins

Discography

Thought You Should Know
Naked Eye Astronomy

Set List

We have a fairly large catalog of original songs 20+, but we also like to mix in a variety of covers depending on the venue and occasion. Our sets are typically an hour long but we have had sets exceeding 2 hours.

Covers:
No Quarter - Led Zepplin
War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Sober - Tool
YYZ - Rush
The Seeker - The Who
Have a Cigar - Pink Floyd
Cult of Personality - Living Color
State of Love and Trust - Pearl Jam
Creep - Radiohead
Possum Kingdom - Toadies