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DS Photo Gallery: Smoking Popes, Chris Farren and The Bigger Empty, Cambridge, MA (10/21/17)

With all but a few rare exceptions, punk rock afternoon matinee shows have become a thing of the past in the metropolitan Boston area. This isn’t the time or place to really drill down to the core of that issue, but is both the time and place to point out than when they do happen, they can still be pretty magical. Due to a chain of scheduling miscues, last Saturday’s Smoking Popes headline show that was supposed to take place in the smaller, friendlier confines upstairs at Cambridge’s Middle East got bumped to the more cavernous space downstairs at the same venue…BUT Propagandhi was already booked to play the same space that night, so as a result, the Popes got bumped earlier. Like, way earlier. Like, “doors at noontime” earlier. The net result was a feel that had a bit of a throwback vibe for the slightly older-than-average crowd to revel in the ’90s pop punk goodness.

The Bigger Empty kicked off the show well before the early afternoon NFL games did the same. The five-piece hail from outside Chicago and are centered around frontman and songwriter Mike Felumlee, obviously pulling double-duty as drummer for the Popes. Together, the five-piece ripped through about a dozen up-tempo melodic rock tracks, most notably “Take My Heart With You,” which both appears on the band’s “Lakes & Oceans Volume 1 – Michigan” EP (La Escalera Records) and perhaps more recognizably as the introductory music to Felumlee’s Live From The Rock Room web series of live performances that he tapes from his basement. For what was basically a late morning show in their native time zone, Felumlee and keyboardist Amanda Moudry’s harmonies were tight, and the poppy energy provided by bassist Ruben Baird and new drummer Steve Lopez (who flew in from Texas and had no rehearsal time with the band) pushed the gas pedal beyond where it tops out on album format. Smoking Popes guitarist Eli Caterer filled in on guitar as well with very limited rehearsal time himself, so for a band that was hypothetically working through the kinks in real time on stage, there really weren’t very many kinks to work out. We know Mike keeps himself busy, but it’d be great to see The Bigger Empty on the touring circuit regularly!

Chris Farren served as main support, and played another perfect set. We last caught Farren a couple years ago when he was on the road with Dave Hause and Rocky Votolato, and to say that the Chris Farren live show has progressed in that amount of time is to completely understate the issue; his 2017 self is virtually a different species altogether. I’ve struggled with combining the right collection of words to encapsulate what it means to witness Farren live; there’s glitter and lights and lasers and mirror balls and pre-recorded samples and guitar loops and a gold microphone. I guess it’s like if a unicorn were playing pop-infused guitar rock on a rainbow. As an artist, it’s both inspiring and a little nerve-wracking to watch, but he had the still-filling-up crowd actually draw closer to the stage, many of them singing along at full volume.

Which brings us to the Popes. By the time the pop-punk icons took the stage, the crowd had filled out respectably. The brothers’ Caterer might not bring their show to the northeast all too often in later years, but when they to, they most definitely still bring it. Within the scene, Smoking Popes have long been considered in influential, important band, but I always got the sense that they just missed blowing up wider, for a variety of reasons most of which we won’t go into now, but one of which was that they were a pop punk band who was more than a pop punk band. “Need You Around” and “Rubella” and “Let’s Hear It For Love” had that midwestern punk rock vibe that made them at home among the likes of Alkaline Trio or Screeching Weasel but would just as easily have been at home on the alternative rock radio waves at the time. The music now sounds just as earnest and important as it did nearly a quarter-century ago. And so it was with eager anticipation that not only did the band announce they were working on new material AND hoped to have something out within the year BUT that they were also going to play one of those new tracks. It’s a song that serves as sociopolitical commentary that is, according to frontman Josh Caterer, based loosely on Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and let the record show that this song seriously needs to see the light of day very, very, very soon. That one of the newer tracks in an afternoon of tight, high-energy pop punk sounds might have been the tightest and most inspiring of the occasion was an unexpected positive sign that we’re going to be following the sound for a lot longer.

Head below for our full photo gallery. (And seriously…there’s something to be said for getting home from a punk rock show at four in the afternoon. Let’s do this more often, yeah Boston?)



Chris Farren (solo) streaming new song “Be There 4 Ya” and announces tour dates

Chris Farren is streaming a new song “Be There 4 Ya” and has a slew of tour dates. You can checkout the new song below and tour dates here.

The new song equal parts happy and catchy is the first new release from Chris Farren since 2016’s album “Can’t Die”. Do yourself a favour and check Chris Farren out on tour through the rest of the summer.



Telethon announce 30-track concept album ft. Roger Lima, Chris Farren & more

It’s not every day that you hear about punk band releasing a 30-track concept album, but Milwaukee’s Telethon are doing just that. Blending elements of punk rock, power pop and rock ‘n’ roll, The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told In Five Acts is ambitious, to say the least.

Set to release on September 29th, the album will feature a variety of guest appearances from Roger Lima of Less Than JakeChris Farren, and Franz Nicolay, among others.

Listen to two songs from the record below, and head over here to get your pre-orders in.



Chris Farren performs “Still Beating” on Live From The Rock Room

Chris Farren (Fake ProblemsAntarctigo Vespucci, etc.) recently performed “Still Beating” on Live From The Rock Room, and you can check out the video below.

“Still Beating” comes from Chris Farren’s latest album Can’t Die, which was released on September 2nd through SideOneDummy Records.



Kevin Devine hits the US roads with Chris Farren and Adult Mom

NY based singer/songwriter Kevin Devine is heading out on a lengthy acoustic tour through the US. Joining him are the amazing Chris Farren (west coast) and Adult Mom (east coast). Head down below for the full tour calendar.

Kevin Devine will be touring in support of his fantastic 9th studio album Instigator, which was released in October 2016.



Brian Fallon and the Crowes announce UK/Euro Tour W/ Chris Farren and Dead Swords

The story heading really says it all…

Brian Fallon and The Crowes will be heading to the UK and The European Union with Chris Farren and Dead Swords.

Check out the full list list of tour dates and the tour flyer below.

16/11 London UK-O2 Forum
17/11 Norwich UK-UEA
18/11 Cardiff UK-Uni Great Hall
19/11 Leeds UK-O2 Academy
20/11 Liverpool UK-O2 Academy
22/11 Glasgow UK-O2 Academy
23/11 Dublin, Ireland-Olympia Theatre
24/11 Oxford UK-O2 Academy
25/11 Newcastle UK-O2 Academy
26/11 Wolverhampton UK-Wulfrun Hall
27/11 Portsmouth UK-Pyramids Centre
29/11 Saarbrüken, DE-Garage
30/11 Stuttgart, DE-Longhorn
01/12 Frankfurt, DE-Batschkapp
02/12 Dortmund, DE-Visions Party
03/12 Bremen, DE-Schlachthof
04/12 Kiel, DE-Max
06/12 Oslo, Nor-Rockefeller
07/12 Gamla Stan, SE-Debaser
08/12 Goteborg, SE-Pusterviik
09/12 Malmö, SE-KB
10/12 Copenhagen, DK-Pumpehuset



Album Review: Chris Farren – ‘Can’t Die’

Yes baby, yes yes baby. Chris Farren’s full length debut album, baby come on!

It’s true: the inevitable has happened. After a few years of releasing solo splits and EPs (and a Christmas album), and becoming an innovative fashion designer (did you see Will Smith receive a “The Smiths” shirt on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon?) as well as being one half of the perfect friendship/power-pop duo Antarctigo Vespucci, dear friend and punk celebrity Chris Farren has finally released Can’t Die, his proper full length solo album. Allegedly influenced by the realization that death isn’t just something that happens to other people, and he will, in fact, one day die, Can’t Die is the most fun funeral soundtrack you’ll ever hear.

Anyone who has been keeping up with Farren’s music over the last few years won’t be surprised by the pop-heavy direction he takes on Can’t Die. Since the last Fake Problems album, Farren has become somewhat of a master pop songwriter (and even back then he was writing songs like “Soulless,” a prototype of the mega anthemic hits he churns out today) and the songs that make up Can’t Die are no exception. It finds a balance between everything that Farren has done over the past several years- some tracks are more Vespuccian than others (“Human Being,” “Everything’s My Fault”), while others feel like secular gifts from God (or whatever) (“Brighter,” “Flowers”) but all the way through the album screams “Chris Farren.”  There are even a few tracks that mostly serve as transitional pieces between songs much like “IV” or “Chris Farren’s Disney’s Frozen” have done on previous releases.

Can’t Die is light and breezy, particularly for an album rooted in the fear of death. The result is a rather optimistic listen; one that can, and should be, enjoyed several times over to fully take in everything. With his main project having fallen into some kind of limbo (Strange Emotions was great but where’s the follow-up?), we should only be so lucky that Farren has continued to make music. It’s almost like one could say that he’s turned his lack of a band into some kind of a non-problem.

4 / 5

RIYL: Jeff Rosenstock, Allison Weiss, MouseRat



Chris Farren streams new album “Can’t Die”

Chris Farren (Fake ProblemsAntarctigo Vespucci, etc.) has made his new album Can’t Die available to stream, and you can give it a listen below.

Can’t Die is set to release on September 2nd through SideOneDummy Records. It will be Farren’s first full-length solo album.



Chris Farren streams new song “Human Being” from upcoming album “Can’t Die”

Chris Farren (Fake ProblemsAntarctigo Vespucci, etc.) is streaming another new track from his upcoming album Can’t Die. Check out “Human Being” below.

Can’t Die is set to release on September 2nd through SideOneDummy Records. You can listen to two other songs – “Say U Want Me” and “Still Beating” – here and here, respectively.



Chris Farren streams new song “Still Beating”

Chris Farren (Fake ProblemsAntarctigo Vespucci, etc.) is streaming another new song from his upcoming album Can’t Die. You can give “Still Beating” a listen below.

Can’t Die is set to release on September 2nd through SideOneDummy Records. If you missed the album’s first single, you can check that out here.



Chris Farren announces new solo album “Can’t Die,” releases music video for single

Chris Farren (Fake ProblemsAntarctigo Vespucci, etc.) has announced he will be releasing a new solo album titled Can’t Die on September 2nd through SideOneDummy Records. Additionally, he has released a music video for the LP’s first single “Say U Want Me.”

You can check out the music video alongside the album’s tracklist and cover art below. Once you’ve done that, head over here to pre-order Can’t Die.

Farren last released a 7″ titled Where U Are in April of 2015.



DS Staff Picks – Ben’s Top Ten Albums of 2015

I write reviews and features for Dying Scene when I’m able to (which isn’t often). I put a Christmas album on my top 10. I won’t apologize for it.

You can find my list below.



Chris Farren covers The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love”

Chris Farren of Fake Problems, Antarctigo Vespucci, and various other bands is streaming a cover of The Supremes’ 1966 classic “You Can’t Hurry Love.” Give the track a listen below.

This cover will be appearing on the Artistic Integrity Records compilation Not the Same Old Songs: A Tribute to Motown, which releases in early 2016. Pre-orders are available here.



Music Video: Chris Farren – “Chris Farren’s Disney’s Frozen”

World-renowned punk rock celebrity Chris Farren (Fake Problems/Antarctigo Vespucci) has just released a spectacular new video for his song “Chris Farren’s Disney’s Frozen.”

Check it out below.

“Chris Farren’s Disney’s Frozen” comes from  Farren’s solo Christmas album, Like A Gift From Got Or Whatever, which was released on December 2nd, 2014.  His last release was Least Embarrassing Demos: 2008 -2014 in July.



Chris Farren streams “Cold Front” featuring Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.)

World-renowned punk rock celebrity Chris Farren (Fake Problems/Antarctigo Vespucci) is streaming a new track that features the inimitable Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. fame. It’s called “Cold Front,” and you can check it out below.

“Cold Front” appears on the vinyl reissue of Farren’s solo Christmas album, “Like A Gift From Got Or Whatever.” The reissue, featuring the aforementioned bonus track, is being put out by Soft Speak Records on November 13th; you babies can get your hands on your very own copy by pre-ordering here. The pressing benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness, so make sure you buy this one!