Far
At Night We Live


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
May 25th, 2010 | 59 replies | 14,426 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If there is one time to start appreciating Far, it's now.

Way back when in 1998, Far were an underground success with Water & Solutions, and while it hardly caught onto the masses, it was deemed rather successful and incredibly influential (cited by bands such as Thursday and Blink-182). Stylistically, they combined alterative-rock, with pop-hooks and post-hardcore riffs with an underpinning punk roots. In other words, Water & Solutions was an earful to try and unscramble without actually listening to Far. However, the second time around, their sound is a bit clearer with At Night We Live, but that shift hardly occurred overnight.

So exactly what has Far done since their break seemingly forever ago? Well, Jonah Matranga had the time of his life since Far disbanded twelve years ago, and this was apparent from the ecstatic, infectious smile he brought to every show. Since Far’s last album Water & Solutions, Matranga has toured solo, under his pseudonym Onelinedrawing and under his name Jonah Matranga, and also a short stint with two side projects New End Original and Gratitude. With each project, Jonah has become a better singer, and lyricist, especially during his solo career, as his ideas developed more than ever before with such freedom. And yet, their hiatus growth hardly stops with Matranga, as guitarist Shaun Lopez produced a slew of albums, most notably Deftones’ album Saturday Night Wrists that likely changed his overall songwriting approach. Bassist John Gutenberger and drummer Chris Robyn pursued other musical endeavors with the bands Two Sheds and Will Haven respectively. All four put aside their past riffs and created something many thought would never happen, an album together.

One of the first striking differences between At Night We Live and Water & Solutions is how much heavier, and yet jovial At Night We Live plays. Perhaps due to the fact Water & Solutions was filled with a certain amount of angst and glumness around it. But now, At Night We Live is a gleaming beacon of hope, as told by the title track, “At Night We Live” and even the shimmer of the album cover. “At Night We Live,” a song written about a dream Matranga had about speaking with incapacitated bassist Chi Cheng of Deftones fame, throttles with slow, yet forceful emotion, as Matranga belts ‘daytime we’re dead, but at night we live.’ Elsewhere, “Deafening” and “Dear Enemy” contain the heaviest riffs Far have produced, and are hardly limited within the album (hell, the intro riff to “Pony,” a cover of R&B artist Ginuwine, blows their previous albums away).

But Far are not completely transformed into a heavy riff-orientated band. Closing track, “The Ghost That Kept Haunting” broods with dissonant guitar riffs, as drums act as the defining climaxes throughout the track, rather than any kind of vocal or guitar shift. Meanwhile, “When I Could See” slowly clicks with each snare tap as a swinging riff brings forth a slow tenseness which is eventually brought full circle in a truly immense track without ever exploding as one might expect. On a lighter note, “Better Surrender” and “Give Me A Reason” has a certain pop prowess that defines its charm, showing the versatility of At Night We Live.

In a word, At Night We Live is refreshing. Far are heavy, but without sounding like a generic rock band, poppy yet not cheesy, and proud to show they are back. And they should be. In essence, Far does it right in every aspect of dynamics and pacing through the album. Their sound is unparallel as a whole, as genres clash on a regular basis, in a cornucopia of brilliance. At Night We Live could have easily floundered after such a long hiatus, but Far flourish and prove they are worth the wait.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bodiesinflight57
May 25th 2010



866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need to hear this.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 25th 2010



3752 Comments


Woah these guys are still around?

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Tits McGee
May 25th 2010



1876 Comments


That's what I said. I neeeeed to hear this, band has always been solid.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010



30299 Comments


Must get this now

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bodiesinflight57
May 25th 2010



866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The band split up in 1999 but reformed in 2008

ianjulian
May 25th 2010



611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

expected more from this album

Inveigh
May 25th 2010



24192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wow it sounds like this is something I need to hear

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thediamondcanopy
May 25th 2010



509 Comments


alterative-rock?

thediamondcanopy
May 25th 2010



509 Comments


Nevermind. The more I read, the more this needs fixing.

Good album either way.

bodiesinflight57
May 25th 2010



866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to this now...liking it so far

DaveBum69
May 25th 2010



699 Comments


I can believe how good this is i might liek it more that water and solutions

buckfutter
May 25th 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wasn't too impressed with this release. I might be on my own here, but I believe that they took some MAJOR steps backward this time.

bodiesinflight57
May 25th 2010



866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like it apart from a couple of songs. A solid 4.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
May 25th 2010



4925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not surprised about a mixed reaction of this album, especially for past fans. I thought it was unreasonable to think they'd create something near what they wrote 12 years ago and basically tried to judge it that way.

buckfutter
May 25th 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^I agree 100%, and usually I don't mind progression nor change in a band. I'm just not feeling this album at all. It's a boring listen for me.

Titan50
May 25th 2010



4588 Comments


Just getting into these guys, like what I hear

accompliceofmydeath
May 25th 2010



4083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

After one listen, this isn't doing it for me. I'll have to listen to it some more but, I don't like the overall sound of this record compared to their previous works.

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bodiesinflight57
May 25th 2010



866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's certainly not a natural followup to Water & Solutions but I really enjoyed it first listen. More likely to go up to a 4.5 and down to a 3.5 I reckon.

fractured
May 25th 2010



362 Comments


Need to find this bad, I really like this band and this is definitely on the most anticipated for me personally.

Apollo
May 25th 2010



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the review reads to me that this is something I should like so I will check it out



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