Saying Hello to Farewell, My Love
Farewell, My Love has surely been through the ups and downs of a vast and brilliant career – from the trials of changing both lineups and labels, the band remains passionate about both their music and their fans. Above It All is the name of Farewell, My Love’s latest magnum opus, now available from their own CRCL imprint, and it’s filled to the brim with superbly catchy pop rocking songs.
We recently caught up with lead vocalist Chad Kowal to find out more about the current happenings of Farewell, My Love and their exhilarating new album! Read on as we say hello once again to Farewell, My Love…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in FAREWELL, MY LOVE, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Chad Kowal, I sing for Farewell, My Love & we’ve been a band for about 5 years.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are based out of Phoenix, AZ. Honestly the music scene here is very black & white. There is either a lot of heavy music or pop music, not really anything in between. When we started this band we wanted to be the middle ground between the two.
How did you wind up on CRCL Records?
We have grown so much & have gained a lot of knowledge of how the industry works so we felt like the natural next step for us as a band was for us to create our own record label. Since the inception of the band we always felt we created our best work when just the members of the band made all the decisions. It’s been a very fun yet very new experience for the band & we cannot wait to see what the future holds!
Is there any overall story or concept behind the Above It All title?
We’ve been through so much even in our relatively short career span. We easily could’ve thrown in the towel time & time again but for us we can’t deny the magic this band has together. The loose concept behind this record is being able to take all the hits life can throw at you but still stand stronger than before.
Select two songs from Above It All and what inspired the lyrics.
Maybe I is in a lot of ways a song to myself. I tend to do that a lot. It’s a song that is helping to push me to never give up on playing music & to always give everyday my best shot. Burn Out The Night is a perfect song to explain my writing style. Usually the verses are one character & the chorus is another. In this case it’s someone trying to tempt another person to change who they are in order to fit in. It’s a song that acts as a reminder to everyone to stick to who they are & never succumb to the bad temptations you may have in life.
Who produced Above It All and what was their overall contribution to the recording?
Our producer on this album was Dan Parker from A Change Of Pace. He had a ton of great ideas on how to improve parts & really make each song shine the best it possibly could. For me personally, what he really nailed is helping us bring out the emotional value in each track.
What could one expect from a live Farewell, My Love show?
I would say that on record we are more of a rock band but live it feels a lot more punk. With the exception of orchestral parts, nothing is backtracked. The element of having live instruments working together brings out an energy that is truly special & one of a kind.
If Farewell, My Love could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
For me personally I would say My Chemical Romance. It would just be this full circle moment to go from buying The Black Parade & learning every word to performing with them every night. I live for those moments. The moments where you can show your fans “look what I did with my dreams, you can do the same thing“.
Any strange or scary happenings while on the road or at a show?
Whenever we tour in the winter & have to drive the van through the snow & black ice on the roads is always sketchy haha.
What is it you’d like someone to remember the most after hearing Above It All for the first time?
How much heart & effort was put into that album.
What’s up next for Farewell, My Love?
Tours are in the works, stay tuned!
Any final words of wisdom?
I know that sometimes you may look at your dreams head on & think they’re impossible to make come true but I can promise you that it will be worth it to pursue them.
(Interview by Ken Morton – Live Photo by Jack Lue)
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