A Spotlight Interview With Far From Good
The new EP release by Far From Good touches on a number of classic punk styles with thrashing guitars, boisterous attitudes, slamming drums, and enough character to fill your cup but still have you coming back for more every time.
The Fading Out EP is a bit destructive but in the best ways possible. The songs are fists in the air, singalongs with brimming energy and a sort of vintage punk tonality.
As with most punk music it's honest and straightforward. Everything about these guys gets right up in your face and dares you to do something about it.
This record is endless fun from start to finish and serves true punk fans right with a set of memorable and excited singles that flow into each other and with messages to send.
These guys really crush it in the way of nailing down the right soundscapes for thrashing punk rock and you can tell they have a damn good time laying it all down.
The EP bears the influences of everything from classic Minor Threat to Rancid and the whole thing really makes you want to see them live. You just get that feeling that they will obliterate in a live setting as most good punk bands tend to do.
What's also cool is that you can tell these guys have been at ti for a bit. The musicianship is killer, and the songs are arranged and written in a true love letter to the genre which you have to have the right gang of people to do.
That bass tone is nearly perfect, the guitars boast driving riffs and, although it may sound strange to say it in this setting, these guys have tons of heart and a pure love for their craft.
With such a great classic punk release, we wanted to have a chat with Far From Good to see where this all came from and what may be next for them. Here's what happened.
RAG: Let's kick things off with the Fading Out EP. This record has a great classic punk rock feel to it. Where did this EP come from?
Tim said: (guitar @ backing vocals) for me writing these songs is all about experiences and feelings I’ve had over the last two-three years. All music is some sort of emotion, but I feel that punk is that raw emotion. Musically it’s been fun as well… Bernie (lead vocals and guitar) really did most of the heavy lifting with how the song sounds like. He’s taken the ideas or just came up with the riff and structures the songs. We really wanted to sound like us! We didn’t layer multiple guitars on the EP. (Bernie added)up until the release of our new EP. We only had demo singles released. We wanted to get some decent studio recordings out there for our fans. So really out of necessity.
RAG: When did this all start for you guys as a band?
(Tim said) 2017/2018 we started playing. Bernie and I are the two original members. Since then we have gone through a lot of different musicians. Anyone who plays an instrument the idea of a band is always a great thought, but the drive and dedication has to be there along with a certain brother hood as well.
(Bernie added) 2017 was the start, about 6 months later we had a handful of songs and our first show book! (Tim said) man what an epic first show! So many of our friends and fans came out to the show, the bar ran out of beer about 11pm.
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
For me (Tim said)? It’s easier to write a song then talk about what I’m going through. Also music speaks to me, wether I wrote the song or not. I think it helps other people as well. (Bernie added) usually it’s something I’m going through that brings out the lyrics. Coming up with the riffs/chord progressions until it becomes a song. Then on to the next new song!
RAG: This record has some great styles! Can you give us some of your top musical influences?
(Tim said) Lagwagon, MXPX, No Use for a Name, those guys can write.
(Bernie said) I think we are mostly influenced by punk bands from the mid 90’s to the around the early 2000’s bands like Lagwagon, No Use and Face to Face. Also the pioneers like Op Ivy, Descendants and Misfits make the list!
RAG: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
(Tim said) apart from our daily responsibilities? We hang out together, our families hang out together. These guys are some of my best friends.
RAG: Who's in your headphones right now?
(Tim said) Taken Days, Dynamite Boy, give you nothing apart from the classics.
RAG: Are you doing guys doing any live performances right now?
We are putting a show together at the end of January, we will hopefully be booking some more shows soon. Check out our Instagram for upcoming shows at FarfromgoodAZ or to book us hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Bernie said) We have been doing live performances for the last few years and plan to continue moving forward to promote Fading Out.
RAG: This EP feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming bands out there?
Bernie said Yes! Find a studio that you are comfortable with and make sure you have your songs down and ready to record.
RAG: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
New songs we had in our back pocket, new merch and some shows! Full length album coming too! (Bernie added) we are planning to record a few new singles and the record a full length album.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
(Bernie said) thank you for your support through the past few years. Let’s keep punk alive!!
(Tim added) Thank you for the continued support!