Far was one of the 90s’ most hard-to-pigeonhole bands. The band’s two albums for Epic Records, 1996’s Tin Cans With Strings To You and 1998’s Water and Solutions, were pretty much unheralded classics. Heavy, not not metal, emotional, but not emo, the band found fans and friends in bands like the Deftones, who they collaborated with on a stellar cover of Jawbox’s “Savory.” While touring with bands ranging from Incubus and Life of Agony, ultimately they were more critical favorites than commercial ones, and disbanded in 1999.
Fortunately, after a 10-year hiatus, Far has reformed, signed to Vagrant, and recorded a new album, the forthcoming At Night We Live (due out on 5/25). The band is streaming a new song, “Deafening,” online for anyone that goes to their Web site and signs up. We like the new song a lot. It’s heavy, riffy, and for a band that’s been dormant for over a decade, sounds very current. Maybe it took a decade for the rest of the world to catch up, but we’re looking forward to the rest of the album.