Far
Tin Cans with Strings to You


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben Greenbank USER (41 Reviews)
February 7th, 2007 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Defintive post hardcore/emo classic from Jonah Matranga and his compadres from Sacramento. Approaching social commentary with both relevance and a stylish wit this album is a must have for fans of the genre.

Remarkably I discovered Far and hence their finest album Tin Cans With Strings to You from an interview with Tom Delonge of the Blink 182 fame where he cited Jonah Matranga’s legendary post hardcore band as one of his driving influences growing up. I’ll leave it to you to figure out quite how there is any notable Far influence on Blink’s albums as I myself fail to see it. While I have really outgrown Blink in the past few years I owe a considerable debt to the Angels & Airwaves front man for introducing me to one of the finest albums in my collection and a band as unique as they are influential. Far’s sound is quite a complex affair with the band drawing a strong influence from the Seattle grunge era that preceded them but at the same time they sit nicely with the Mid-West Emo movement. They mix elements of Sunny Day Real Estate but a heavier sound not too far from what Glassjaw would come to achieve half a decade later, but at the same time fans of the Deftones would find this record equally enjoyable and hailing from the same city of Sacramento its not hard to find parallels in both bands driving melancholy rock. While 1998’s Water and Solutions is certainly not without its charm but Tin Cans with Strings to You of two years previous is most certainly the bands crowning achievement.

As with a great many bands the most memorable point in Far’s music is their front man Jonah Matranga. His voice is no doubt an acquired taste and takes a while to get used to but their really is something incredibly likable about his voice. He ranges from extremely emotional screams to a low croon as well as managing a really catchy tone somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. Equally his lyrics stand up to just about anyone. On Job’s Eyes, Jonah vents his fury at organised religion telling the vague story of Noah’s Ark and delivering a damning judgement on the seamless fury of the god of the old testament, "Those people, they had families. Their families don't have them, you’re not any god I believe in, I hope the rain ruins the work you did." The song has a post-rock feel to it akin to Explosions in the Sky at a stretch. The layers upon layers of guitars grow into a powerful wall of sound before exploding into a finale of pure emotion both vocally and musically.

“The birds would laugh at Job, their song would torture him. Always, a steady rain fell, soaking and chilling him. He could always see a dry, light place on the horizon. He would walk for miles, muttering, "I'm sure this rain won't last. I'm sure its time is up. Though it's pouring down, I'm sure this rain won't last."


Opener What I’ve Wanted to Say and the following song Love, American Style are both more straight up bursts of post hardcore fury. The former starts of with a few natural harmonics before kicking into a wall of down-tuned guitars. Jonah vocal performance is almost beyond words and as essentially depressing as the music feels it for some reason always has an uplifting effect on me, it also feels very cathartic with Jonah seemingly purging himself of all his pent up emotion with every line on he sings. The aforementioned Love, American Style tells the story of a child killer, “I know you, she said, you're that guy from my TV! You're that guy that killed all those kids!” rolling over what he has done in his own mind and this is interchanged with a backdrop of mind numbing US talk shows. Girl is a slower number which has more in common with typical emo/indie bands like Texas is the Reason and Mineral. Jonah sings in a high pitched voice over a brooding repetitive riff. Once again the song is not for the faint of heart and the lyrics are about the death of a young girl and the same girl questioning her killer. Although the song is surpassed by stronger material on this album it is still an excellent tune especially when listened to with the song lyrics in hand.

Far of course paved the way for countless modern post hardcore bands, the direct influence Jonah Matranga’s various projects have had on say Thursday is clear for anyone aware of both bands. Where as some bands can be said to have been extremely influential but with retrospect hugely overrated, take Saetia for example, this is just not the case with Far. Tin Cans with Strings to You is an album that I will listen to for quite some time to come and sounds as meaningful and as relevant as ever. The album does ever so slightly drift off towards the end and of course had little impact outside of its small birth but within its field it is a genuine classic.



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Neoteric
February 7th 2007


3243 Comments


Great work.

I see you finally found this.

You must send it my way sooon.

lunchforthesky
February 7th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It will be on the PPDU this week. Which upload sites actually work for you?

Neoteric
February 7th 2007


3243 Comments


sendspace, YSI, turboupload, uploading.com etc.

lunchforthesky
February 7th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

okay ill try get it up for you.

pixiesfanyo
February 7th 2007


1223 Comments


Yeah, this band is pretty good.

trustxdialect
February 7th 2007


1502 Comments


I want this. Who can I get it from?

lunchforthesky
February 8th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I bought it in an indie shop years ago and when i recently lost it i got it off OINK.

Abaddon2005
February 8th 2007


684 Comments


Was it this band that collaborated with the Deftones?

lunchforthesky
February 8th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There guitarist Shaun Lopez produced Saturday Night Wrist.

trustxdialect
February 8th 2007


1502 Comments


Lunch, could you invite me to OiNK?

DaveBum69
April 5th 2008


699 Comments


jonah also did vocals on deftones acoustic version of be quiet and drive

MyRamona
May 10th 2008


1090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to get hold of this album, Jobs eyes is epic.

Willie
Moderator
May 21st 2009


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I threw this on after a couple of years of not listening to it and it's still awesome.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

Crymsonblaze
May 9th 2010


7526 Comments


I remember Job's Eyes from a scene on Buffy. I liked the song so much I had to look up where it came from.

What I've listened to on here is pretty sweet.

TRMshadow
April 18th 2012


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Just like many others, I decided to check these guys out because of Buffy. Not disappointed.



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