Take an in depth look into the making of the dynamic album art from Fair To Midland’s new album ‘Arrows & Anchors’, out July 12th on E1 Music. “I wanted to make something monumental in size for a monumental band, you know,” Isaac “Eye-Sack” Flores explained. “Have a representation of the struggle. A monument to the journey that they’ve taken me on, as a listener, as a friend. Those rocks are still sitting there obviously. I’m not gonna pick them all back up.” Isaac also hoped fans of the band would follow his lead with similar monuments to the band. Watch it via YouTube below.
Fair to Midland drummer Brett Stowers tells Noisecreep that being labeled “prog” (ie. progressive rock) isn’t something he’d agree with, but to each their own. “If the term prog feels comfortable to someone as a way to describe our sound, more power to ’em,” Stowers explained. “I personally don’t see it, though. I guess it’s all in how you define prog. Normally we use a pretty basic, old-school song structure, but we try to do it in a weird/creative way. I’d say we probably have more in common with the Beach Boys than Dream Theater.”
Fair To Midland are hitting the road this spring ahead of the May release of their upcoming fourth album. The Texas alternative metal band will begin the jaunt early March, joined by Periphery and Scale The Summit, before concluding mid April.
“We are extremely excited to try out our new songs live in front of all of our friends. It has been too long since we have headlined a tour. Expect a whole new show.” frontman Darroh Sudderth said.
3/3/11 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
3/4/11 Dallas, TX – Trees
3/5/11 Austin, TX – Emo’s
3/6/11 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sport Cafe
3/8/11 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
3/9/11 Victorville, CA – VVEC
3/11/11 Los Angeles, CA – Whiskey
3/12/11 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
3/13/11 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
3/15/11 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
3/16/11 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
3/17/11 Spokane, WA – The A Club
3/18/11 Boise, ID – The Venue
3/20/11 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
3/21/11 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
3/23/11 Cedar Falls, IA – The Wheelhouse
3/24/11 St Paul, MN – Station 4
3/25/11 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
3/26/11 Madison, WI – The Annex
3/28/11 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
3/29/11 Toronto, CANADA – Mod Club
3/30/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
4/1/11 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
4/2/11 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
4/3/11 Philadelphia, PA – Barbary
4/6/11 New York, NY – Santos Party House
4/7/11 West Springfield, PA – Jaxx
4/8/11 Knoxville, TN – The Cider House
4/9/11 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
4/10/11 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
4/12/11 New Orleans, LA – The Parish at HOB
4/13/11 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
4/14/11 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
4/15/11 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
Fair to Midland bassist Jon Dicken spoke with the Examiner in a Q&A, talking about the band’s sound, progress on a new album, adapting to a recording studio and bringing together the group’s diverse influences. “It makes for a very interesting writing process,” Dicken said about the latter topic. “I’m into country and blues, Matt [Langley] is into progressive rock, Darroh [Sudderth] – I’m not sure what he likes. Out of necessity we’ve learned to make it work, even if it takes months to finish a song. In a small town, the options are slim and that’s why the influences are different. Fortunately, we like each other … most of the time!” Read more.
Texas rockers Fair to Midland talked with Artisan News Service about their first headlining tour, which comes on the heels of a very successful tour with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian. Singer Darroh Sudderth said, “Where we’re at right now, it’s really necessary that we expose the band and the music to a new audience. I think another one of the downsides to the headlining tour is we’re playing for people who are already familiar with the band and the music, and we need to open ourselves up to a broader audience. It’s a lot harder to do, being on a headlining tour.”
As for opening for Serj, bassist Jon Dicken said, “Especially at the Serj shows, they were packed houses and every one of them was into what we were doing whether they’d heard of us or not. It was nothing but positive for us.” Dudderth added, “I think most of it was positive as well because we had Serj’s seal of approval. A lot of those hardcore Serj fans were willing to give us a try for that simple reason.” Watch the interview at YouTube.
Fair To Midland posted the following update to fans on their Myspace on Tuesday (July 3):
As you may or may not have heard, we weren’t able to play our show in Dallas last night with 69 Eyes at the House of Blues. The reasons why were more than we can count, but were mainly due to our RV breaking down permanently in Arizona yesterday, stranding our sound guy with ALL of our gear, and then having three of our band members stranded all day in El Paso (where we’d played a show on Sunday), while every single flight to Dallas they were scheduled to be on was canceled one by one, due to shi**y weather. As a result, the whole band was physically unable to arrive in Dallas on time to make it to the House of Blues in time to make our set time.
So the whole day was a fiasco, with multiple things spiraling out of our control, and we feel really terrible about missing a gig in our home town, with tons of our fans waiting to see us. However, the good news out of all of this is that we are already working on setting up a makeup show as soon as possible, so stay tuned here; we’ll send out updates as soon as we have more news… Also, if you bought tickets for last night’s show to see us, PLEASE SAVE YOUR TICKET STUBS (or receipts)!
Thanks to everyone in Dallas for sticking by us as you always have….we love you and can’t wait to come back and play for all of you as soon as we can.
Take care and be back soon, we promise!
Fair to Midland
Fair to Midland are out with the video to their new single ‘Dance of the Manatee’, from the album ‘Fables From A Mayfly’. Watch it via YouTube below.
Artisan News Service reported on the 2007 Coachella festival, speaking with Matt Langley and Darroh Sudderth of Fair to Midland, Ryan and Gary Jarman of The Cribs, and Against Me! drummer Warren Oakes about the annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. Watch the clip at YouTube.