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Preview: Fair To Midland hits the target


Fair To Midland bewitched more than one listener with their Fables From A Mayfly, released four years ago already. Among these listeners was a certain Serj Tankian (System Of A Down’s Mister Quality), on whose label, Serjical Strike, the record was released. Small wonder, since the Texan band displayed a rare personality and heaps of talent, with original alternative rock songs combining big riffs and irresistible popish melodies.

Fair To Midland make their big comeback this very week with a much-expected new album – especially since a good half of the songs from Fables From A Mayfly were simple re-recordings of inter.funda.stifle, their more confidential 2004 album. Suffice it to say that the fans who’ve been following them from the beginning hungered for new material. Let them be reassured: with Arrows & Anchors, the band kept their promises.

This new album confirms Fair To Midland’s talent and offers irresistible riffs and first-class melodies, as well as the band dazzling personality. Did we say confirm? It does more than that: with this album, the band make a step forward. The music gains new influences, an extra touch of madness, even (“Rikki Tikki Tavi” cannot but be reminiscent of Serk Tankian’s influence), and gets a little harder, which produces bigger contrasts. In this respect, vocalist Darroh Sudderth doesn’t hesitate to call this album “the heaviest non-metal album you will hear this year”. The same Darroh also happens to be the biggest surprise on this album and reveals an impressive vocal variety – going as far as doing grating vocals on the monstrously good single “Musical Chairs”.

Salivating already, are you? Or at least a little piqued? Don’t say another word! In association with the label Season Of Mist, Radio Metal gives you the opportunity to discover Arrows & Anchors in its entirety.

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Full album stream:

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01. Heavens To Murgatroyd

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02. Whiskey And Ritalin

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03. Musical Chairs

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04. Uh-Oh

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05. Amarillo Sleeps On My Pillow

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06. A Loophole In Limbo

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07. Typhoid Mary Sends Her Best

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08. Short Haired Tornado

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09. The Upset At Bailey Bridge

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10. Rikki Tikki Tavi

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11. Golden Parachutes

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12. Bright Bulbs And Sharp Tools

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13. Coppertank Island

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14. Three Foolproof Ways To Buy The Farm

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15. The Greener Grass

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  • Andrew The Activist says:

    this is the best album of 2011!
    i can not wait to see them live in San Diego on July 31st!!
    Fair To Midland is awesome!!!!!!!

    [Reply]

    Jackie

    i will be there as well along with dredg.
    im gunna shit my pants.
    btw, they are also playing at house of blues on the 13th of august.

  • AMAZING. THANK YOU RADIOMETAL.COM. MY EARS JUST LOST THEIR VIRGINITY

    [Reply]

    matt

    jizzed…in my pants

  • Jesus Christ says:

    I approve of this….

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  • jase mayhugh says:

    Amazing. This is going to occupy my brain for the next two months

    [Reply]

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