By Jenine Clancy
Possessing hard-driven guitars riffs, Celtic –infused bag pipes and uproarious chants— Farler’s Fury have made a name for themselves as the Canadian Drop-Kick Murphys. Don’t be too quick to put a label on the four-piece, whose punk style and attitude could be aligned with who they are as a band.
“We’re definitely not an Irish band. No one in the band is Irish and we don’t really play that style of music.” Says lead singer and guitarist Jody. “In the beginning we were a more Celtic-influenced band as we had violin, bagpipes and we were all really into bands like Dropkick Murphys, Real McKenzies, Flogging Molly, etc. As time passed and our musical tastes began to change we found we were listening to Celtic Punk much less. Instead we were into bands like Against Me!, Street Dogs, Gaslight Anthem, Propagandhi… and folk stuff like Frank Turner, Bob Dylan, and Billy Bragg. So naturally our song writing also shifted towards more of a Rock, Punk and Folk influence, while still keeping the Celtic instruments.”
The band formed back in 2003 through friends and instantly garnered a fan base in Canada. Fans loved the band’s bounces of energy melding a punch-drunk sounding melodies, and even songs in other languages. Becoming well-known could have its draw-backs…like wanting to change your band name.
“Farler’s Fury was a song that our bagpiper wrote during his time in various pipe bands around Quebec. says Jody. “At the time it seemed like a cool name for a band as many bands in the genre had similar sounding names so we took it as our own. To this day we regret the decision.”
A decision that they wouldn’t regret is their latest album “Purgatory, Quebec.” The album was recorded in two weeks between two 40-day Canadian tours. They survived on Mr. Noodle (I guess a Canadian thing?) and coffee. All grown men, the band came to a conclusion that didn’t please everyone…they quit their jobs and reduced personal spending to live life on the road.
“Making a decision like that does not always reflect well with the people that surround you and I’m sure any independent band that has made a similar decision has had to deal with the criticism. For us giving up comfort and security to be a part of something we believe in and want to be a part of was an easy decision, but we also had to deal with constant doubt and negativity from others who used to offer us support. While I’m sure they were just looking out for our best interests and wanted us to stay home like most people do, to us home was Purgatory… and so it pushed us to work even harder. “
The band has not toured the US in some time, but plans to sometime in the future. Weirdly enough, some other external factors could be attributed to not playing to and American audience. When asked how the Canadian scene differed from the states Jody was hesitant to state everything was perfect between the neighboring countries:
“Obviously we’ve played Quebec a lot more than the US… which is unfortunate because Boston and New York are 5 to 6 hours from our doorstep. There seems to be awkwardness between our two countries that really shouldn’t exist. The media doesn’t help and neither does that 1,500 mile border that separates us. I’ve heard it’s harder for US bands to enter Canada than it is for Canadian bands to enter the US… and maybe if it wasn’t we’d see more great bands like Burning Streets and Swaggerin’ Growlers up here (to name a few east coast US bands that have managed to tour Canada recently).”
“Having said that… Quebec has a very tight scene. The support is unbelievable and it’s nice to be a part of that kind of community, rather than one that competes against itself and in the end self destructs. But that’s not to say we don’t get support when we travel… The last time we were in the US we met some of the most incredible people we’ve ever met and had some of the best times we’ve known. At this point for us it’s unrealistic to expect sold out shows when we travel to the US, but for those that do come to our shows we’ve noticed an enthusiasm for live and original music that is unmatched.”
The band plans to head out on a 25 day East Coast Canadian tour, followed by a 35 day tour of France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Czech Republic. That will take them to the end of October, at which point they are going to finish up the writing their next album to released in the summer of 2012.
Be the first to say “I saw them when..” by checking them out on July 10th out at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ, USA!