â€œDays after Far-Less entered the studio in April to record â€˜A Toast To Bad Taste,â€™ their hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia, became the setting of the mortifying Virginia Tech shootings. Whether consciously or not, this young sextet deliver an effort that reflects bravery in both a musical and very personal way.â€â€“ Alternative Press, 4 and 1/2 out of 5 stars
Blacksburg, VA â€” Brandon Welch, Jordan Powers, Mark Karsten, Joseph Powers, Elizabeth Pina, and Todd Turner – an innocent enough series of six random names; but when combined with each other, they represent the powerhouse rock and roll sextet from Virginia that is called Far-Less – true evidence that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The band’s sophomore album, A Toast To Bad Taste, boasts a complex sense of confidence, merging the dynamic elements of rock bands like Muse with the intelligence and finesse of Dredg and Brand New. Produced by Mike Green (Paramore, The Matches), A Toast To Bad Taste is the incisive testimony of a band reborn.
With an astute knack for combining melody with crafty instrumentation and drawing inspiration from such 90’s alternative bands such as Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden, Far-Less has yet again carved out it’s own unique place in the world of rock and roll. The end result is a seemingly timeless and artful album that will continue to distance the band from the dormant and unimaginative aesthetic of the vast majority of it’s peers.
PRAISE FOR A TOAST TO BAD TASTE:
â€œPost-hardcore, indie rock, or whatever youâ€™d like to call it, this band is on a mission to bring you relevant, powerful music…From humble beginnings in true DIY fashion, Far-Less has come into their own, pulling influences from the heyday of Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden, while drawing inspiration from Brand New, Muse and Dredge. Far-Less packs a punch of power, sensitivity, desperation, and hope into each track on this disc, it does nothing less than make you feel (and dance.)â€ – FMQB.com
â€œBuilding on the shoegazer foundation of stalwarts like Elliott and Hum and blending in the more active flair of Muse and the Receiving End Of Sirens, the group paint a moody and beautiful canvas of engaging atmospheric rock.â€ – Alternative Press
â€œFanâ€™s of epic guitar rock with obvious hardcore and metal underpinnings but no screaming will probably shit themselves over this record. This isnâ€™t a bloated disc of â€˜one hit wondersâ€™ but if you give it some quality face time there is wealth of truly stirring music to be discovered.â€ – Mammoth Press
â€œWith sharp guitar work, drum work that will keep you tapping your feet, Brandon Welchâ€™s unique vocals an the addition of Elizabeth Pina on the keyboards, Far-Less has gone above and beyond any expectations and creates an album that will keep growing on y our with each listen.â€ – HM Magazine