Single-handedly revitalizing a genre is hard work, primarily because it can only be done the uphill way: with sincerity and credibility. Further Seems Forever, over the last four years, has been crossing the country in a van, playing music every night for the sheer love and their dedication to it. Founding member Chad Neptune is reluctant to describe their existence as a “dream”, alluding to the fact that being a blue-collar, everyman rock band often is accompanied more by duty than excess. “We’re just normal people naturally doing what we love to do… [and] pushing through the drama.” Having had more than enough of their share of drama (including the departure of original lead singer, Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carraba, in 2000), original and new members have proven that their whole is greater than the sum of their parts, and that Further Seems Forever is an entity independent of line-up changes and the fickleness of a contrived rock scene gasping it’s last.
How To Start A Fire, FSF’s follow-up to 2001’s highly acclaimed The Moon Is Down is a wrenching exploration of hope, perseverance, faith, and humanity’s seeming inability to actualize these virtues in their fullest. Throughout How To Start… vocalist and lyricist Jason Gleason (21) unfolds a poetic-beyond-his-years duality of victory and struggle, set against an equally bi-polar melodic soundscape, crafted by FSF’s legendary cast of hardcore (Strongarm) and emotional rock veterans. Inspiration runs deep throughout the new record, as equal parts empathy and encouragement fuel anthems such as “Against Better Judgment” and the title track. Faith, the immaterial, and internal struggle fill much of
the records content, and are testament to much of Gleason’s willing vulnerability and adept ability to lyrically convey it.
Recorded with James Paul Wisner (Two Thirty Eight, Dashboard Confessional), How To Start… is gorgeously crafted and takes the band in the direction of a natural progression as well an improvement upon the signature elements that made The Moon Is Down such a success. Simultaneously aggressive and beautiful, songs such as “On Legendary” feature delicate and lush instrumentation; including acoustic guitar, strings, piano and a gentle vocal delivery, while the instantly memorable “The Sound” invokes undeniable radio-status and attaches beautiful wings to a lyrical bullet. Consistent throughout, however, is evidence of a band who have mastered how to challenge while at the same time offer accessibility in the form of hooks, melody and lyrical solidarity.
Characteristically, there are plans for extensive touring in support of How To Start A Fire, and in junction with an explosive response to pre-releases, and an ever-growing nation-wide following, FSF are positioned for an even broader audience and some much earned exposure. With a record showcasing both sides of a rock band wanting to grow while
clinging proudly to their roots, Further Seems Forever emerges more mature, more beautiful and an exceedingly vital part of the rock and roll scene.
Source: Tooth & Nail