Tuesday, September 16, 2014
REVIEW: Further - Where Were You Then?
Further was founded by brothers Darren and Brent Rademaker, Kevin Fitzgerald, and Josh Schwartz. They released records on several labels, but eschewed an opportunity to sign a major label contract. Listening to the songs on Where Were You Then, I'm struck by the the atmosphere of freedom, of we do what we want to do, that infuses the tracks. The fidelity is low, the garage rock quotient is high. This is the joy of shredding -- loud guitars, pounding drums, driving bass, and pop song melody and vocals snugly nestled inside the sonic storm.
The Rademaker brothers went on to form Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde, both of which are probably are better known. But the Further chapter should be known and celebrated. These are great songs, and represent the best of harder edged garage rock. Thank you, Bad Paintings!
Pre-Order link for Physical
Pre-Order link of digital
Soundcloud for the album