steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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"Figures in Shadows" CD

ARClight USA

Genre: rock, indie rock

August 2007

Meriden, Connecticut spawned Farewood, a m/f-fronted darkish indie rock band that sounds like The Breeders crossed with Afghan Whigs. On Figures in Shadows' first track I started to think it was a vaguely gothy, 4AD-type affair but more uplifting songs like "Station" and "The People" drift from that notion. Opener "King John" is still easily the best track here. I found that Leah Booker's voice takes awhile to get used to but in the end it fits the songs' dark aura appropriately. There's a sort of 80s-ish dark pop mentality that I quite admire on Figures in Shadows, as well as a strong nod to 90s bands like Bettie Serveert and, as previously mentioned, The Breeders. One of the strongest songs here is Lou Lorenzo-fronted "Transcend"; his voice offers a nice change of pace for the record, and is quite strong in its own right (think Three Mile Pilot for reference). By the time it reaches the end, this album does tend to drag somewhat, though there are some particularly strong songs that make this worth a look.

farewood myspace


youuuuuuuutube!: "king john" video

Fun Fact: Arclight USA is also the name of a company that makes figurines of army tanks.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, 52:57, distributed by the band, released Oct 2006]