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THE FAREWELL STATE

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM THE FAREWELL STATE

A measly fourteen years it has taken for Sheffield outfit The Farewell State to reach their current incarnation. They’ve overcome line-up changes, natural disasters, and even the dreaded Disease. Yet here they stand, in their final form, stronger than ever and ready to take the Northern music scene by storm.

Their first offering as an established group comes in the form of a debut single, fittingly titled Year Zero. Labelled by the band as a protest song, it seems to manifest in a culmination of what the four-piece have experienced to get to where they are now.

The track begins with shallow-sounding drums before the guitars kick in; trebly, undulating chords embellished with sprightly harmonious solos. It’s a dark waltz, rhythmically, as the instrumentation swings from side to side while the vocals take hold, and the accompaniment grows.

When the chorus comes around, the axis on which the tune resides knocks completely loose. The swing deepens through rugged guitar tones that build, layer upon layer. A throbbing bassline rumbles beneath the surface to even out the western twang of the guitars.

It becomes somewhat of a frenzy. Like the protest The Farewell State describes.

Structurally, Year Zero is cleverly engaging. With snappy verses and huge, bellowing choruses, it falls where it needs to and picks back up before the listener’s attention can drop.

Though the layers are formulated to emphasise big moments, it does feel chaotic at times. Balancing the levels so that each part can be truly appreciated would lend itself to the track, and I’ve no doubt that The Farewell State will achieve this in due time.

To conclude, Year Zero is one hell of a debut single. It may have taken fourteen years for the band to get here, but those years did not go by in vain. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another fourteen for them to create anything else as good.

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