Brisbane’s garage rockers The FAR OUTS (with members of Grand Atlantic and Sacred Shrines) announce the release of their debut album “The FAR OUTS” this July 7th on Rebel Waves Records and Ripple Music, and unveil the video for “Last Night” via The Sleeping Shaman today!
The FAR OUTS began as a side project to Brisbane’s Grand Atlantic, as an outlet for songs that didn’t quite fit the band’s format but still desperately needed a place to party. With influences ranging from the likes of The Kinks, The Sonics and The Easybeats, the group quickly established a reputation for their 60’s influenced Garage Rock – featuring blistering riffs, catchy choruses and drums akimbo.
About new single “Last Night”, The FAR OUTS
frontman Phil Usher comments: “The song was built around the central catchy riff that could have come from a long-lost album by The Sonics circa 1963. In typical garage-rock style, the lyrics don’t spend any time trying to define the mysteries of our immense universe, sticking to more earthly subjects such as partying and relationships gone bad. It’s a simple mission to turn the down times on their head and celebrate with abandon both sides of the coin that we all experience during our collective lifetimes.
The video for “Last Night” was directed and filmed by Beata Maglai (Sacred Shrines, Hillsborough) with direction and editing by Phil Usher. It was filmed in a few hours underneath their house at Paddington in Brisbane and painstakingly edited over a few weeks, adding the right amount of grit and grime to give it that “lived-in” look. Actually having been aptly filmed in a garage, the end result is the perfect introduction to The FAR OUTS!
The FAR OUTS “The FAR OUTS”
Out July 7th on Rebel Waves Records/Ripple Music
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The FAR OUTS played their first show in Fortitude Valley on October 5th, 2020 and have since performed at most live music venues in Brisbane including your favourite bar, and are probably there right now drinking your beers. Drummer Jonny Pickvance (Blonde On Blonde/Fingerless etc) has been a part of Brisbane’s music scene for long enough to know better. He joins singer/guitarist Phil Usher (Sacred Shrines, Hillsborough etc) to complete the ultimate party equation. Jonny and Phil have been around the block a few times and have shared the stage with a kaleidoscope of local and international bands, including everything from The Dandy Warhols and INXS to Barry Manilow, Tame Impala and a whole heap more. Chief songwriter Phil Usher, who also drums for Screamfeeder and Sounds Like Sunset, has had his work featured internationally on TV shows and movies, with songs featured on Gossip Girl, Dawson’s Creek, Bondi Rescue, Underbelly and more. The band launched their debut 7-inch in June 2021 with their debut album slated for release in July 2023 on California’s garage/psych label Rebel Waves Records/Ripple Music. Buy the ticket. Take the ride.
“The Far Outs” album started its life during a fertile period of songwriting for Grand Atlantic’s third and final album. Several songs appeared from the ether that really had no place on the GA record but had a freshness and immediacy that required attention. It was at this point that it was decided to start a new project – a duo – where these tunes could find their rightful place in the world. Other songs followed quickly close behind, complimenting the sound of the initial compositions, alongside carefully selected deep-cut covers by bands such as The Kinks and The Easybeats and… The FAR OUTS was born!
The recording for the album was done quickly and the brief was simple. Keep it raw. Keep it fun. Lunch at the Pub. The band was well rehearsed and with a limited number of instruments to consider, the main concern was capturing the lightning radiating from a band making their debut album, with very few concerns other than squeezing a good time out of every passing moment. Turn it up real loud Heathens!