Jeez, do you think singer Chino Moreno is busy enough already? He’s already got Deftones about to hit the road with System of a Down AND he’s also got ††† (Crosses), the project with Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. Now he’s teamed up with ISIS members Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide to create a new band: Palms.
Aaron Harris: “Clifford, Jeff and I started Palms a little over a year ago out of a desire to continue making music together after ISIS ended. Chino joined shortly after and our sound took shape from there. We’ve worked really hard on this first release and are excited for people to hear it. It’s nice to be back behind the drum kit, and with this line up.”
Chino Moreno: “Being a huge ISIS fan I’ve always dug the moods these dudes convey with their sound. I am excited to combine my sense of creativity with theirs, and to have fun doing so.”
The album will see a release later this year via Ipecac Records, the home of ISIS. READ MORE
If you haven’t heard of Crosses, then shame on you! A side project from Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), Crosses is the result of these childhood friends getting together and recording music for the fun of it. The guys have apparently recorded several songs together and plan to release them as EPs over an undetermined amount of time. The first of these EPs is now available for free download or you can pay $5 and get the high quality audio upgrade.
Having downloaded and listened to the EP a few times, I can safely say that it’s a very unique sounding project but one that I’m really enjoying. There is a slightly creepy Depeche Mode-esque feel to the tracks but also a sublime, ethereal beauty as well with a very sexual edge. Basically, it would make great banging music.
Far will be releasing their 1st album in 12 years on May 25th entitled ‘At Night We Live’. But according to an interview with SPIN Magazine, the title track At Night We Live was inspired by Deftones bassist Chi Cheng. For those who don’t know, back in November of 2008 Chi got into a car accident that put him in the hospital, and he has been there ever since.
Jonah states a dream he has where he was staring into Chi’s eyes. ‘I wrote the line, ‘In the daytime we’re dead / but at night we live,’ and that was literally me trying to say…there Chi was, that was me spending time with him.’ You can read the full article, and check out a video interview with the band about the song, and the upcoming album HERE! You can also pre-order the album now on their official site THEBANDFAR.
You can also order a limited pressing of their album on vinyl. Only 500 copies available though!
I was so excited about this I had to post it myself. For those who don’t know who Far is, they released their last album in 1998 entitled, Water and Solutions. It was and still is an amazing record. The band broke up in 1999, spinning off into many new bands such as The Revolution Smile, Onelinedrawing, and Gratitude. When I found out they broke up, I was shattered. When you really really love a band and they break up, all you can think is “That’s it. No more new songs.”. It’s kind of devastating really. Far was a major influence for such bands as Thursday, Blink 182, and Funeral For A Friend.
Back in the day Far and Deftones we’re good friends touring together, and if you can search hard enough you’ll find a few songs they did together. I’m not sure if the relationship still stands, but that’d be a tour I would die for. In 2008, Far got together to play some shows. Liking the feeling of playing together, they played some more, and finally decided to try the band thing again. I can’t begin to express the feelings of joy that swept over me. Vagrant Records re-signed Far, and they recorded their 5th studio album, At Night We Live. Please read on! READ MORE
Far announce a May 18 release date for their fifth full-length and Vagrant debut At Night We Live. The album was produced by guitarist Shaun Lopez at his own Airport Studio in Southern California. It’s the band’s first release in over a decade.
“I’ve got ten years of interviews saying this would never happen, that Far would never play together, let alone make a record, so I really have no idea what will happen from here on out,’ comments singer Jonah Matranga. “All I know is that I’m really proud of the record, and I think it stands with anything we’ve made. Really, that’s all I cared about as we were making it.”
“I think every record we had made in the past, there was always some sort of outside pressure,” said Lopez. “Either it was label, or us trying to “make it happen”. This writing and recording process was great, since there wasn’t any of that. The end result is something we are all very proud of.” READ MORE