It’s time to get your garage rock and roll boogie on as Brisbane guitar and drums duo The Far Outs are gearing up to deliver their high-octane ten track Self-Titled debut album on the 7th July through Ripple Music imprint Rebel Waves Records. And today, prior to its official release, we at The Shaman are elated to bring you the video for the first single, Last Night.
About the track, the band says, ‘Last Night, one of the earliest of the initial songs written before the project had even begun, immediately became a live staple for the new band, and is now chosen as the first single to be lifted from The Far Outs debut Self-Titled LP.’
Adding, ‘The song was built around the central catchy riff that could have come from a long-lost album by The Sonics circa 1963. In typical garage-rock style, the lyrics don’t spend any time trying to define the mysteries of our immense universe – sticking to more earthly subjects such as partying and relationships gone bad. It’s a simple mission to turn the down times on their head and celebrate with abandon both sides of the coin that we all experience during our collective lifetimes.’
As for the video, they divulge, ‘Last Night is very much a DIY affair with direction and filming by Beata Maglai (Sacred Shrines, Hillsborough) with direction and editing by Phil Usher. It was filmed in a few hours underneath their house at Paddington in Brisbane and painstakingly edited over a few weeks adding the right amount of grit and grime to give it that ‘lived in’ look. Actually, having been aptly filmed in a garage the end result is the perfect introduction to The Far Outs!’
It’s time to go far out by clicking play below and devouring the garage rock and roll of Last Night…
More On The Far Outs & Their Self-Titled Album
The Far Outs began as a side project to Brisbane’s Grand Atlantic, as an outlet for songs that didn’t quite fit the band’s format but still desperately needed a place to party. With influences ranging from the likes of The Kinks, The Sonics and The Easybeats, the group are quickly establishing a reputation for their ‘60s influenced garage rock -featuring blistering riffs, catchy choruses and drums akimbo.
The Far Outs played their first show in Fortitude Valley on October 5th, 2020, and have since performed at most live music venues in Brisbane including your favourite bar, and are probably there right now drinking your beers. Drummer Jonny Pickvance (Blonde On Blonde/Fingerless etc) has been a part of Brisbane’s music scene for long enough to know better. He joins singer/guitarist Phil Usher (Sacred Shrines, Hillsborough etc) to complete the ultimate party equation.
Jonny and Phil have been around the block a few times and have shared the stage with a kaleidoscope of local and international bands, including everything from The Dandy Warhols and INXS to Barry Manilow, Tame Impala and a whole heap more. Chief songwriter Phil Usher, who also drums for Screamfeeder and Sounds Like Sunset, has had his work used internationally on TV shows and movies, with songs featured on Gossip Girl, Dawson’s Creek, Bondi Rescue, Underbelly and more.
The band launched their debut 7” in June 2021 with their debut album slated for release in July 2023 on California’s garage/psych label Rebel Waves Records, an imprint of Ripple Music. Buy the ticket. Take the ride.
The Far Outs album started its life during a fertile period of songwriting for Grand Atlantic’s third and final album. Several songs appeared from the ether that really had no place on the Grand Atlantic record but had a freshness and immediacy that required attention. It was at this point that it was decided to start a new project – a duo – where these tunes could find their rightful place in the world. Other songs followed quickly, complimenting the sound of the initial compositions, alongside carefully selected deep-cut covers by bands such as The Kinks and The Easybeats and… The Far Outs was born!
The recording for the album was done quickly and the brief was simple. Keep it raw. Keep it fun. Lunch at the Pub. The band were well rehearsed and with a limited number of instruments to consider, the main concern was capturing the lightning radiating from a band making their debut album, with very few concerns other than squeezing a good time out of every passing moment. Turn it up real loud Heathens!
The Far Outs Tracklist:
01. Last Night
02. Bad News For You
03. Keep Away
04. Hey Little Girl
05. Get Off My Shroud
06. Miss Me
07. Freight Train
08. El Diablo Del Mar
09. Some Kind Of Treason
10. Bad Thing
The Far Outs is:
Phil Usher – Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Percussion
Jonny Pickvance – Drums, Handclaps
Dan James – Guitar solo on Last Night + chanting on Get Off My Shroud
Mat Von Diehm – Additional drums on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Beata Maglai, Matt Weatherall & Alice Kaps – Handclaps
The Far Outs debut album is set to be released on 7th July through Ripple Music imprint Rebel Waves Records, keep your eyes peeled for pre-sales starting soon.