HistoryLos Angeles-based Tommy Grenas, he of Pressurehead, if the mainstay of Farflung who, so appropriately, play the neatest space rock jam since Hawkwind 1977. The band issued two albums through Flipside and one through Undercover before issuing a rare 'n tidbits 'n compilation 'n odds 'n ends album in 1997 called So Many Minds, So Little Time. This disc came out through Purple Pyramid. Bad Acid issued an album by the band, but was soon hurtled into space so the group’s ever-changing line-up moved to demo land with the release of a 1999 CDR called The Myth Of Solid Ground. Two CDs appeared in 2002. The band toured as part of the Anubian Lights tour in 2002 and also went over to Europe. One was a collection of material culled from the last few years; another, When Science Fails, was a soundtrack for a Croatian film called Guardian Of The Frontier. Fast forward another six years and the band came back with a new disc on a new label, stonerrock.com/Meteor City. Farflung was confirmed to play Walter’s Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands in April, 2009.
Tommy has toured as part of Nik Turner’s Space Ritual.
FARFLUNG - A WOUND IN ETERNITY - METEORCITY
Farflung being a new name to these ears the music disk went into the slave-cranked phonogram with little or no preconception. As the Metallian surfs cranked and cranked and the music played and played the band comparison that came to mind again and again was Hawkwind. After several listens and sitting down to type the review the name Hawkwind popped up again. It is on the band’s biography. Then again, and by then, other names had come to mind. Early Pink Floyd on the more acidy moments, The Who’s riffs on songs like Endless Drifting Wreck and even U2 and Big Country on the more poppy and upbeat guitar riffs that are strewn all over the place (space?). Speaking of which, next to the very prominent and atmospheric vocals the guitars are the loudest and clearest in the mix. The drums, in contrast, do not suffer so much from bring mixed low than a dull sound. It is as if the drum heads were too old or not high enough. Oh well, the band is both trippy and accessible; eccentric and upbeat and a surprisingly great listen even for those who are more heavy metal fans than rock or alternative listeners. - Ali “The Metallian”