Far-Less

Far-Less

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The band Far-Less is a dynamic melodic masterpiece that keeps on giving their fans great music to listen to. If you haven’t heard of them you need to check them out!

Biography

The rock music landscape is littered with pre-fabricated poseurs putting on their silliest clothes and making their stupidest faces with a complete
lack of genuine emotion. Imagine a band without gimmicks, made up of regular people writing and performing honest music. Sound crazy?
Then you haven’t heard Far-Less.
Determined to shake up the unimaginative pseudo-aesthetics of their indie and pop peers, Far-Less have crafted a sophomore album that single-
handedly destroys the notion of the “sophomore slump” in one swift move. Produced by Mike Green (Paramore, The Matches), A Toast to
Bad Taste (out October 23 on Tooth & Nail Records) boasts a complex sense of confidence, like a deftly inspired blend of Muse, Dredg, Brand
New and the most ethereal of shoe-gazer pop, with some Foo Fighters thrown in for good measure.
Despite a handful of setbacks, a remote locale, and the increasing mediocrity of the indie rock scene, Far-Less has triumphed against the odds
with A Toast To Bad Taste, and the rock world is hereby put on notice.
Sounding unashamedly modern while retaining a foot in the 90’s heyday of Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden, Far-Less have fully come
into their own from their humble Virginia beginnings.
“Virginia has everything to do with who I am as a musician and a person,” Far-Less singer Brandon Welch says thoughtfully. “Lots of quiet time
with beautiful scenery. You tend to make lifelong friends in a place like this, which is awesome. Music seemed to be my only way to get out of
here. As long as I can remember, I wanted to play music.”
And beyond that, Welch and his band mates - Jordan Powers (guitar/vocals), Mark Karsten (guitar), Joseph Powers (bass), Elizabeth Pina
(keyboards), and Todd Turner (drums) - set out to make music that is relevant, honest and powerful. And they have succeeded. “The best part
about music is when it makes you feel something, when it moves you,” says Welch.
It was with that in mind that Welch wrote the first song for the new Far-Less album, a track called “So Glad,” which gave him the idea for the
record’s title, A Toast to Bad Taste. “It’s an album about the things that bring us down. The things in our society that hold us back and the
people in our lives that show no respect or love for us, or anyone. It’s the most personal piece of art I have ever been involved with,” he explains.
“A few people have told me this record brought them to tears, which is the most beautiful thing anyone could say to me, because there were
a lot of tears involved in the writing of this album. My best friend left the band. My girl left me. It might seem trivial, but those things happened
so close together, right as we started writing for this album.”
Strangely, “So Glad” wasn’t intended to be on the album at first. It was a song Welch wrote to make himself feel better, nothing more, nothing
less. The band loved the song and insisted they make use of it. As they continued writing, it served as a roadmap for all of the dynamic places
where the album would end up. Like Elvis Costello or The Clash, Far-Less can write a straight-forward radio jam (“It’s Not Me, It”s You”) without
sounding corny, and immediately about face and offer up something layered and intricately pleasing. “Surprise Funeral” will go down as
one of the best songs this year from one of the year’s best albums.
Far-Less is on a mission to become your favorite band, but on their own terms, and their terms alone. “I would hope that at the end of our
career people would say that we made music that moved them,” Welch says, adding: “And that we made music that jammed.” Only two albums
in, it’s safe to stake both claims already.
Far-Less, ladies and gentlemen, your new favorite band.

Discography

Emerge (2001) - Self-Released
Apossibility (2002) - Self-Released
Broken Hearts Unite (2003) - Silent Uproar Records
Turn to the Bright EP (2004) - Tooth and Nail Records
Everyone Is Out to Get Us (2006) - Tooth and Nail Records
A Toast to Bad Taste (2007) - Tooth and Nail Records

Set List

Typical set list length is 30-60 minutes but the band is definitely capable of playing longer sets (60-90 minutes). They do not usually do covers but can also perform stripped down acoustic sets when right for the setting. They have plenty of releases & material to choose from.