"Technically pure, slightly jaded, no-nonsense and honest with stellar storytelling for the every-man." The Far West came together in early 2010, each member having left other bands to pursue a unique sound they weren't getting elsewhere. Robert Black, hailing from Texas has played in dozens of bands from the plains all the way to the coasts (in both directions). In his Texas days he backed a number of bands in all day BBQ hoedowns and late night jam sessions. He even had a band share a bill with Townes Van Zandt. In Los Angeles, after working as a session bassist for several LA bands like Leslie & The Badgers, West of Texas & many others, he met singer Lee Briante. Briante comes from the fertile Hudson Valley of NY, by way of the rolling hills of Western Mass. His parents instilled a deep love of music in him from a very early age, taking him to see a wide variety of music like Arlo, Pete Seegar, Charlie Daniels and many others. Memories of rowdy irish bands burning through bow rosin in low ceiling riverside taverns stand out in his mind. Lee has been playing in bands since he was 15 or so, among others he played in the Northampton, MA ambient band paris., the Boston band 1986 and the LA based Queen Victoria. Ready to start a project of his own he made contact with Robert Black by posting a simple craigslist ad that consisted of nothing more then a Waylon Jennings video. James Williams, Keys, has played in Biirdie, the breakups, and SpongeBob SquarePants and the Hi-Seas. He has performed live on KTLA Morning News, KXLU, and KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Nick Harcourt. James has hared the bill with Mates of State, my ex-girlfriend's favorite band, thereby winning the breakup.His permanent medical records include that I drink cosmopolitans. Taylor Negron once called him a poseur. Chicago native Aaron found his true passion for music when he picked up his first guitar at fourteen. He's played was an integral part the Chicago band, Dorian Taj. Aaron has also been seen playing with Clip Art, Dick Prall, The Eighth Grade, The After School Special, Hobo and Boxcar, Face for Radio, Coldcock Jones and the Shithawks, The Last Vegas, and Keith Scott. On the drum perch, a California native and Los Angeles music scene stalwart, Travis Popichak. Travis is a hotly sought after drummer in LA, as much for his drumming as his unique and flamboyant style of dress. His mutton chopped mugg has been seen behind the kit for Paul Chesney, Leslie & The Badgers, Welldiggers Banquet, Ben Redell and countless others.
In early 2013, The Far West began working with Mongrel Music Booking, an inspiring development and a welcome reward for years of hard work. The Far West have been gigging all across Southern California and the southwest at places like El Rey, The Echo, The Satellite, Pappy & Harriets, Hotel Cafe, Cowboy Palace Saloon, Taix, Silverlake Lounge & many more. They've been winning accolades all along the line from bands and critics in all kinds of genres. In the summer of 2012 The Far West opened a sold out JD McPherson show at The Echo and a week later a sold out Nick 13 at the 1,000 seat El Rey Theater.
They're debut album was recorded in Encinitas, CA where the American Legion Post 416 had become a familiar venue to them. The crew at the legion opened up the doors to the band, and over 3 days The Far West recorded their originals with he help of Engineer/ Producer Colin Mclean. Done live-to-tape with minimal overdubs this record captures the live energy and beautiful tone of the Legion Post. The band is currently working on their 2nd album, pairing again with producer Colin Mclean.
What others are saying:
"The Far West do gut-wrenching country better than just about anybody"
"Californiality is categorically labeling The Far West as "the best L.A. country music act of 2011," and here's why: The Far West takes country music where it should be by now in 2011 - technically pure, slightly jaded, no-nonsense and honest with stellar storytelling for the every-man.
The songwriting, musicianship and production quality on The Far West album is superb, so nothing more needs to be said. It simply must be heard."
"The Far West have an authentically Americana sound that's been described as something like Waylon's band jamming with Wilco. Their songs are highly personal, introspective and original and portray a deep love of American music."