Review : Farewell Continental - EP 2
AbsolutepunkCan Paper+Plastick Records do any wrong? Apparently not, as Farewell Continental provides yet another quality – yet at times absolutely hilarious – offering from the label. Ask yourself: Do you enjoy Harrison Ford film characters? Or the idea of Justin Pierre’s vocals as Richard Kimble mixed with a female partner, Allie Fox? If so, then Farewell Continental are the band for you.
The opening “The Great Decay” is downright hilarious as Fox sings “I just wanna fuck the work” with Kimble’s amusing response “so fuck the world / fuck them all away.” The track is simply hilarious, yet it sounds serious and serves to be a real track, indeed. Kimble takes the lead on “Son Of A Bitch/Son Of A Whore,” a raw cut reminiscing Motion City Soundtrack’s signature sound with a twist provided by Fox’s amusing entrances. “Camera Ready Kids” slows down EP #2 with the best vocal performance by Fox and Kimble, accompanied by Rick Deckard’s backing guitar work and Jack Ryan’s drumming.
Ms. Fox takes the lead on “Total Devastation,” adding a nice touch to the track, while “Western Boys & Girls” exemplifies the resonating guitar work of Kimble and Deckard, another amusing pop number from Farewell Continental. Lastly, the final “Our House” is a stripped down cut that builds into the laughable singing of “our house is a very very very fine house.” The closer ends the EP on a soft yet comical note, basically a summary of what Farewell Continental are....full text
ScenepointblankMotion City Soundtrack fans rejoice this EP simply titled #2 from Farewell Continental, is a side project of lead singer Justin Pierre’s. This is actually their second EP and contains six tracks of tunes available in two media choices, vinyl or digital download. This is one of the bands still pushing the vinyl media choice, their first EP was a clever square picture disk which I am certain you collectors already have. As far as the band goes it is hard to get any information from them as Farewell Continental seem to not want you to know who they really are. When you go to the band site the members’ names are simply listed as follows:
Dr. Norman Spencer
Thoroughly researching these names it turns out that they are from Harrison Ford’s résumé i.e. parts he has played throughout his career. They boast members from Trace The Skyline and Small Towns Burn A Little Slower, and vocalist/guitarist Kimble is a dead ringer for Motion City Soundtrack’s Justin Pierre. They prefer to let their music do the talking rather than rely on the past production. These six tracks on the EP bring you back to ’90s indie rock, with a sound that brings reminds me of Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, or The Flaming Lips.
The first tune titled “The Great Decay” begins with a layered guitar buildup that transitions into a beautiful melody showcasing the vocal balance between Fox and Kimble. The second song “She’s a son of a bitch/She’s a son of a whore” is a great song with a great chorus delivered as a pop melody in spite of the message behind it. “Camera Ready Kids” and “Western Boys And Girls” are just overall great indie pop rock songs that would fit perfectly into any indie movie soundtrack, while “Total Devastation” is a brooding tune that reminds me of something Dinosaur Jr may have done. The final song on the EP is a trippy cover of the Graham Nash song “Our House” that doesn’t really fit with the flow of the total EP but is done well regardless....full text
AltpressFarewell Continental do not want you to know who they really are. The members’ names—Richard Kimble, Allie Fox, Rick Deckard, Jack Ryan and Dr. Norman Spencer—are stolen from Harrison Ford’s resumé. Rumor has it they boast members drawn from the ranks of Trace The Skyline and Small Towns Burn A Little Slower, and vocalist/guitarist Kimble may or may not bear a striking resemblance to Motion City Soundtrack’s Justin Pierre. Letting their music do the talking, the six tracks on their second self-titled EP are awash in ’90s indie rock, swimming in the sounds of My Bloody Valentine, Swell, Pavement and the Flaming Lips, and it’s pretty fantastic stuff.
Opener “The Great Decay” certainly gives a nod to MBV, the feedback squall at its outset giving way to an understated melody that is simply gorgeous, Fox’s female vocals intertwining beautifully with those of Kimble. The lively bounce of “Camera Ready Kids” and “Western Boys And Girls” are buoyant in all the right ways, embracing the wonky aesthetic of Pavement, though it is the darkness that seeps into the record in places that is most affecting. The chorus “She’s a son of a bitch/She’s a son of a whore” of “Son Of A Bitch/Son Of A Whore” is wrapped in a candy-coated melody, belying the spite behind it, while “Total Devastation” is hauntingly brooding. The ebow drone that underscores the track strongly conjures memories of Swell, the vocals of Kimble and Fox more potent in their restraint, and the plaintive tone of the track is perfect for those looking for something to get depressed to.
Rounding things out is a faithful cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Our House” that sits comfortably aside what has preceded it, though a sixth original would certainly have been welcome. Regardless of who they are (or are not), Farewell Continental’s music will be a welcome addition to the collections of indie kids—and indie grown-ups—and here’s hoping we hear more from them soon....full text
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