The Farewell Show

The Farewell Show

BandPopAdult Contemporary

The Farewell Show offers slice-of-life narratives embedded in musical landscapes that blend elements of electronica, acoustic rock and alternative pop.

Biography

The Farewell Show began in early 2006 as a solo project for songwriter/vocalist, Paula Ann Sutor. Sutor had just finished a year long stint with San Franciso glam-punk band, Candy from Strangers, in which she had supported the band on bass, keys and back up vocals. In the year she spent with Candy from Strangers she had recorded and played more than 40 dates on both the east and west coast, including a short stint on the Vans Warped Tour. Sutor felt it was time to concetrate on her own music and record a solo EP.

She enlisted the aid of long time friend, Glen Douglas, on guitar and R. Scott Sutor on keys, drum programming and as co-producer for the recording. She also called on Bay Area drummer, Gina May Montel, for help in the percussion department, and Diggsville vocalist, Karen Mitchell, for back up vocals.

In August of 2006, Sutor was asked to join Candy from Strangers on stage once more. The band was breaking up and had planned a farewell show at the well known San Francisco venue, Bottom of the Hill. It was an emotional evening for all involved and from it Sutor conceived the band name. The Farewell Show's music embodies the moment when you are holding on to what's almost over and at the same time longing for it to be in the past so you can move on.

Although The Farewell Show is still a fledgling band, the band members are not inexperienced players. Glen Douglas has been playing guitar and writing music since 1982. He has a broad range of musical influences such as U2, Chet Baker, Lighting Hopkins, The Who, Mozart and Psychedelic Furs. In 1985, he started his first band, For Strange Americans, which attempted to blend 70s rock, punk and folk-rock. The next year he decided to take another direction and formed a solid alternative rock group called The Rayn. Glen performed and recorded with The Rayn throughout the 80s and 90s touring the Midwest and California.

R. Scott Sutor began his musical career in church and school choirs. He spent three semesters as a vocal performance major in college before coming to the realization that music as a career generally does not pay very well, at which point he dropped out. He continued performing in local bands in Delaware until the early 90's when he relocated to San Francisco where he began a career as a network engineer. With the advent of computer-based home recording, Sutor has had the opportunity to combine his musical and technical backgrounds while honing his recording and production skills. The Farewell Show marks the second major project he has produced in his home studio (Fictitious Studios), following the sound design and scoring for an independent 16mm film release. If you ever find yourself sitting next to him at a bar, be sure to ask him about his jacket.

Lyrics

Nicotine

Written By: Paula Sutor

He's riding on nicotine
Jacked up on adrenaline
And he can't stop talking
He's telling his life story

Well I'm a sucker for an almost-was
True believer, crusader for the cause
Tell me everything that there ever was
In your days of glory

Well give me a hit of your cigarette
It makes me high,
Yeah, it gets me lit
Everywhere you've been is
Everywhere that I've been trying
to get
But that don't matter somehow
'Cause we're both here now

December morning just a little after three
All the stops lights are blinking
off and on like a Christmas tree
But I've got to get home to my family
So you walk me back to my car

Well I know in a month or two
You'll be sick of me and I'll be bored with you
when I've heard all those stories a dozen times through
And I still won't know who you are

Well give me a hit of your cigarette
It makes me high
Yeah, it gets me lit
Everywhere you've been is
Everywhere that I've been trying
to get
But that don't matter somehow
'Cause we're both here now

Out in suburbia the lawns, this time of year,
Are decorated with these wire-frame reindeer
And all the houses glow with candy colored lights
A grounding hum provides a pedal tone to Silent Night

Good Enough

Written By: Paula Sutor

I saw the lights come up on Market Street all at once
Just like the night had been switched on
This city's given me everything a girl could want
Where has my city gone?
Friends on the Avenues felt fog seep under skin
And they burned off on some sunny day
While you're still sweating out a youth pressed under glass
Banking on charms that never fade

Gone away now, it was wrong
So wrong
And I held on for too long
Too Long
I didn't know what else to do
I never felt good enough
I never felt good enough
I never felt good enough for you

I watched the landscape change
Magnetic North shifted South
And you were unimpressed, so very unimpressed
I never realized until you spelled it out
That there's the best then there's my best
You disappear for years and show up unannounced
And now you're slumming it with me
But who doesn't like to be entertained by the freak show I can be?

Gone away now, it was wrong
So wrong
And I held on for too long
Too Long
I didn't know what else to do
I never felt good enough
I never felt good enough
I never felt good enough for you

Did you think about it for very long
before you said good-bye?
'Cause I want to tell you I've been thinking about you, yeah
I've been thinking about you, yeah
I'll be thinking about you
My whole life

Barfly

Written By: Paula Sutor

Christmas lights of blue and gold are coming 'round again
And she was Daddy's little girl when she was 9 or 10
She's keeping time to Patsy Kline
But looking kind of lost
And everything she had to fight for she then had to fight off

And she wouldn't mind a little company tonight
So why don't you stay, 'cause no one like to be alone
Yeah why don't you stay and have a - another, whatever
Let's take a ride
I'll see that you get home

I'm too old for the where-are-you-going-where-have-you-been demise
The devil that I fear the most is the one who tells no lies
She's sinking in like a long lost friend
Someone I've always known
I'd like to stay and see how it ends
But instead I just go home

And she wouldn't mind a little company tonight
So why don't you stay, 'cause no one like to be alone
Yeah why don't you stay and have a - another, whatever
Let's take a ride
I'll see that you get home

Riding, touch me, burn me, ruin me
Don't you want to wrap that moldy, gin-soaked flesh around
This paragoric baby?

And she wouldn't mind a little company tonight
So why don't you stay, 'cause no one like to be alone
Yeah why don't you stay and have a - another, whatever
Let's take a ride
I'll see that you get home

Discography

We're currently recording an 8 song CD at Fictitious Studios in Pacifica, CA.

Set List

Set list is comprised of six to eight original songs with a few covers from artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Johhny Cash and Depeche Mode.