Figures in Shadows
Farewood arose from the decay of the once vibrant industrial town of Meriden. Located in Central Connecticut, Meriden is known as the 'Silver City' and is the halfway point between New York and Boston. The members of Farewood grew up listening to mid to late 80's indie rock and post punk. Bands such as Sonic Youth, Big Black, Samhain, Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi, The Cure, The Sundays, and Cocteau Twins were all major influences on the development of Farewood's sound. The bands biggest influence however, came from the Cincinnati band The Afghan Whigs. The Whigs mixture of Soul infused indie rock had a large impact on the members of Farewood and to this day they still considers the Whigs to be the best band to come out of the indie rock revolution of the 90's. The members of Farewood would spend their teenage years going to as many shows as possible, mesmerized by the emotional impact that indie rock had, the band decided to lend their own voice to the continuing evolution of original rock. The environment and the emotional climate of Farewood's hometown plays the largest role in the shifting dynamic found in their music. When outsiders think of Connecticut they may see a Connecticut that gave birth to 'trust fund' musicians such as Moby and John Maher. They may see the New York suburbs of Fairfield County where the wealthy continue to proliferate and foster a view of Connecticut that hides what is at the heart of the State. Cities such as Meriden, Waterbury, Ansonia, Naugatuck, Hartford, and New Britain reveal a much different, a much more hidden side of Connecticut. Drive through any one of these cities and you will see the abandoned plazas, the empty downtown centers, the dilapidated buildings, and the disparities between the rich and the poor. The core of Farewood's music comes from being children of working class people. It is in that core that Farewood hopes their music continues to evolve, and shift. And as a result, will continue to shed light on issues facing people living in circumstances where the line between wealth and poverty is always visible; Where escape and surrendering to daily temptations are only a 90 mile car ride Noth or South. Farewood's third album 'Figures in Shadows' was inspired by the years in which the band occupied a room at a downtown Meriden rehearsal facility. Being immersed in the desolation of the downtown Meriden culture, Farewood began to explore music that was more about impulse and less about trying to craft a great hook. The landscape of their home environment played an immense part in the dark, soulful, more stripped down sound that Farewood achieved with this latest recording. Farewood forged strong relationships with the other residents at the facility and a sort of community arose. Often party's would grow into full shows where multiple acts would participate and feed off each others energy. Fueled by the potential of what was starting to grow, the band decided to contact the well know local producer Michael Deming. Farewood up until that point produced and engineered their own recordings. Working with Deming gave them a chance to get into a better equiped studio under better recording conditions. Deming who had worked with many established acts such as the Lily's, Pernice Brothers, and Trash Can Sinatras was located in Hartord just 20 minutes North of Meriden. The band knew that Deming had a lot of success producing bands that had a much more 'Pop' and at times a 'Retro' sound. Farewood, however was not interested in making a 'retro' record. But the band also knew that the contrast he would bring to the project would create a unique listening experience. Deming, for his part also saw this as an opportunity to work on a record that was not like anything he had worked on before. With Deming's impeccable engineering and producing at the helm, the rythym section was harnessed and vocals were recorded to their fullest potential. The pairing of the two sides resulted in a record that leaves a lasting impression on the listener. Farewood's music is mood altering to say the least, and 'Figures in Shadows' adds another chapter to the continuing saga of Farewood.