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Me Too

by Farrah

Jangly powerpop, big choruses, school discos, pimples, Cresta, sharp suits, souped up Capris and three-minute heroes. They marry brazenly beautiful chord progressions with swooping three-part-harmonies and devilishly skewed lyrics.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Tongue Tied
2:26 album only
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2. Daytime TV
2:52 album only
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3. He Gives Me an Inch
2:47 album only
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4. The One That Got Away
3:20 album only
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5. This Is My Life
3:26 album only
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6. Hopelessly Devoted
3:34 album only
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7. First and Last
3:19 album only
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8. It's Different for Girls
2:57 album only
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9. Half As Strong
2:54 album only
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10. Wake Up
3:00 album only
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11. School Disco
3:25 album only
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12. the Last Word
2:54 album only
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13. Nigel
1:35 album only
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14. High and Low
3:01 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Great band from the UK - CD - Imported from Japan


Farrah are:
* Jez Ashurst - Vocals, Guitar
* Andy Campbell - Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals
* Mike Hopkins - Drums, Vocals
* Michelle Margherita - Bass, Vocals
We begin in the summer of 1998. The charts are awash with Boyblands and silicone-enhanced pop divas whose sole aim seems to be to rob small children of their pocket money. The Indie press are championing the latest navel-gazing anorexic guitar band. Jez Ashurst is drawn to a thin red leather tie in a charity shop. He fondles it...it seems to evoke an era long forgotten in British pop... jangly powerpop, big choruses, school discos, pimples, Cresta, sharp suits, souped up Capris and three-minute heroes. In other words bands who can't dance. Jez and school mate Mike Walker form Farrah with an ever changing array of drummers. They marry brazenly beautiful chord progressions with swooping three-part-harmonies and devilishly skewed lyrics. They deliver this with an explosive live energy that soon starts tongues wagging in Yorkshire's Capital.
After months of hard gigging Farrah record their debut single "Terry", released in August 1999 by cool independent label Noisebox Records and relocate to London. "Terry" was an adrenalised three-minute classic, a cautionary tale of a yuppie who bites off more than he can chew on the London club scene. Backed by the infectious slice of pop, "Talk About Nothing" the limited edition single sold out in the first week, sought out by powerpoppers from Taunton to Tokyo eager to surf the new wave of Skinny Tie. Legal action threatened by chocolate giant Terry's Of York - who objected to the song's drug imagery when they saw the picture of a slice of Chocolate Orange on the cover - showed that Farrah lived on the edge (confectionery wise anyway).
Heartened by the success of the single, the band (now joined by keyboard wizard and soldering genius Andy Campbell) decamp to darkest Wales in early 2000 to start work on their debut album "Moustache" (so named because Mike's Uncle Ted holds the record for longest moustache in the UK). The album began to take shape as the lads combine the diverse influences of Supergrass, The Vapors, The Rubinoos, Fountains Of Wayne, The Beach Boys, Teenage Fanclub through to Squeeze, resulting in twelve perfect, contrasting songs about bittersweet-bubblegum crushes, jealousy, Neighbours obsessions, wannabe Supermen, and drinking games with German schoolgirls (?).
Thanks to the success of their website, www.farrah.co.uk, Internet giants Peoplesound give the band a page and three weeks later the band are Number One in their charts with "Living For The Weekend', which is downloaded by thousands of new converts. After a riotous appearance at Glastonbury Festival, Farrah release "Living For The Weekend" as the next single and garner plays by Steve Lamacq on Radio One's Evening Session (after being featured on "The Session Unsigned"), Bob Harris on Radio 2 and Gary Crowley on London Live. Dealing with the doomed romance between a girl frustrated by her boyfriend's 'gothic' leanings and lack of ambition, the song is a blistering piece of wry pop, an anthem for the disenchanted.
Bob Harris now uses a customised version of "...Weekend" as his regular show jingle.
"Some of the best lyrics we've heard on the Evening Session"
Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 1
At the tail end of 2000, Farrah ink a record deal with Police svengali Miles Copeland's label Ark 21 and also sign to publishing giant Warner Chappell. Whilst putting the finishing touches to Moustache, the single "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" ( an affectionate cover of the long-lost Rubinoos powerpop classic ) wins rave reviews as the band blitz London with their regular Club Skinny Tie gig nights. The band also guest with The Webb Brothers and Shed Seven, winning over new fans every night with an unbeatable combination of high energy performances, good humour and most importantly, killer tunes.
"Moustache" was released in June 2001 to great press reaction as the band embarked on a 5 week UK club tour.
"big choruses...sparkling arrangements...as bright and breezy as midsummer's day on Santa Monica beach...powerpop is back and it now hails from York"
**** Q Magazine, July 2001
"In an age of exceptional mainstream gloom and plasticine they offer a beacon of hope"
Mojo, July 2001
"Indie newcomers are a cool, summery band, all in all it's a great debut album"
Daily Star, June 2001
"Sprightly Indie Janglebop"
Loaded, July 2001
"Pure quality..effervescent choruses..the harmony work is always superb"
Bucketful Of Brains, August 2001
"The verses bounce along, the chorus is pure sing-along sunshine,
the guitars are made for jumping about to...perfect pop"
Sunday Express ***** Single Of The Week ("Boyfriend")
The first Farrah single of 2002 is the bittersweet, jangly anthem "Tired Of Apologising", already singled out by reviewers as one of the standout album tracks. The B-side is something special - a gorgeous acoustic version of Joe Jackson's "Different For Girls", a skinny tie classic from the heart of the powerpop era.
"Moustache" sells strongly on import in Japan, and the US release in June 2002 on ARK21 wins rave reviews.
As 2002 draws to a close, the band recruit bass player Michelle Margherita from Sydney-based powerpopsters Montana to replace Mike Walker, who returns to York to enjoy new fatherhood. The UK office of ARK 21 closes and the band are left label-less, winning back rights to "Moustache" outside the UK and US. Rock Indiana Records in Spain snaps up the album and Farrah tour Spain for 3 weeks, whilst writing the next album.
2003 brings studio sessions for the new album, as well as regular London gigs and a return trip to Spain to headline 2 nights in Madrid. Polaris Music in France sign the rights to "Moustache" and release it in April to glowing reviews, and the band play 3 storming nights in Paris.
As the new album "Me Too" nears completion, the search for a worldwide deal continues, but with a network of Indie labels ready to put the new album out come what may. This includes Listening-Post Music which is now distributing the CD in the USA and Canada.
Farrah...the story continues, riding in a Beach Buggy, with four-part harmonies.

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Ross Nelson

Great Pop!
I had heard good things about Farrah's first CD and then read some really positive reviews about this latest disc which led me to investigate and ultimately purchase Me Too. No regrets. Songs are varied but uniformly strong - keen sense of arrangement and melody, with the right level of zest and touch in the playing. Urgent and arresting in the more straight-up power-pop songs and subtle yet always passionate in the slower-paced tracks. Really well put together disc and I keep coming back for more.
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