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
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?
©2008 THE FARRELL BROS.