Sacramento's Far was one of those bands that disappeared when they were at the height of their popularity, right before they would go on to influence a slew of whiny mall punks with stupid haircuts (among other things) that fell under the newly invented tag/drrty little three-letter word "emo." And with that Far amassed this sort of cult-like following, especially over their last record 1998's Water & Solutions.
A decade later the members of Far got together, talked things out (perhaps a group hug was involved), recorded a cover of Ginuwine's "Pony," and played some dates. I saw them last year at Satyricon, and I must say it was fucking rad. Things must be going swimmingly because Far is getting ready to release a new record on May 25th called At Night We Live. The band is playing more dates as well, including this Sunday at Roseland Theater with The Used.
The two songs I've heard from the new album sound... OK. The songs themselves are good, but the production is slick, whereas part of what made Water & Solutions a great record was its rich and gritty production. Needless to say it'll be interesting to see how Far is received in 2010, and who will embrace them.