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THE FARRELL BROS. INTERVIEW -by Ryan Settee for the Odyssey - If you love rockabilly, you'd probably love The Farrell Bros. Outta Winnipeg, the Bros play a lean, mean version of 50's music, and while their sound might be best termed rockabilly, there's a punk ethic at work in the tuneage, even though they don't hit you over the head with it. They've recently sealed a deal with Raucous Records, a prestigious 50's influenced label. As well, the Farrell's are currently undergoing a resurgence of local popularity, and it's rightly deserved the Farrell's always put on a great show.

Q. Your new disc, "Rumble At the Opry", is one of my top rock n' roll albums of this year. You guys and the Legendary Shack Shakers have released truly classic grimy rockabilly/ twisted roots albums this year. What inspired this new record?

TFB. Thanks. The inspiration for the new album came as a result of the fact we've never really captured our live sound in the studio. Our first album "Ballad of Jackpine Slash" was essentially a studio project that took us in a completely different direction than we had intended to go. We had never been in the studio before that album and really just lost sight of what our intentions had been. In retrospect, and listening to the album now years later, it could have been a great album, but just never had a chance to get to that point. It's been sold out now for years. Our new label (Raucous Records) wanted to re-release it. We politely declined. Our second release, "...Go to Hell!" was a lot closer to what we sound like and really did capture what we were doing at that time and with that line-up. That's still a fun record to listen to. We basically went in and recorded a half dozen songs live off the floor. The engineer thought we were just recording some rough demos, but that was the sound we wanted so we never told him we planned on releasing it. It's very acoustic, that album. Shortly after that the line-up changed pretty drastically with Gordie taking on the stand-up bass duties and myself becoming the lone guitarist. Although it wasn't a change we had wanted to make initially, looking back it all makes sense. I can't imagine the line-up being the way it was anymore. We really developed our own sound with the new line-up and had a lot of new songs we wanted to get recorded.

Q. I always get you guys mixed up. (Gordie?) had switched to stand up bass slappin' for this record, as opposed to the "Go To Hell" album, where he played guitar (and I remember him playing guitar onstage). Was this due to the fact that you were going through bass players quite frequently, and decided to permanently fill the bass position?


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