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EP Release: Farewell Republic @ The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, 10/3

These cool cats are 'putting out' for MCB readers! Download their MP3's for free ("Heat", "Crimes", "Trenchman") and check out their press release below:


Fresh out of the studio, Farewell Republic will bring their "Intense, theatrical, guitar shredding, visceral indie-rock” (Real Detroit Weekly) to new ears as they release their "HEAT/CRIMES/TRENCH MAN EP" on Saturday October 3, 2009 at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI. Having already recorded their well received Debut EP, "Bridges," with Grammy winning producer/engineer Gus Oberg (The Strokes, Willie Nelson), this will be the band's second release.

"HEAT/CRIMES/TRENCH MAN EP" was recorded in late spring in Ann Arbor,during four all night sessions and was mixed in June 2009 in New York City. The recording captures three of Farewell Republic's live staples: “Heat,” “Crimes,” and “Trench Man.” The band assembled an ensemble of string and horn players to add lush orchestration to the project. The EP was recorded and mixed by Michael Coffman, produced by Farewell Republic members Sivan Jacobovitz and Brian Trahan, and was mastered by Fred Kevorkian (White Stripes, The National) at Avatar Studios in NYC. The EP captures the sound that The Current describes as “Slightly psychedelic, slightly world-music leaning, slightly NY-77-art-punk leaning, slightly Eno leaning...and yet never really sounding like any of that – blending all these grand influences into hook-heavy gut-punch indie-pop, filled with glorious guitar feats, sweet solos or feedback storms."

Since beginning to play concerts in September of 2007, Farewell Republic has toured the East Coast four times, including shows at The Knitting Factory and Pianos in New York City, 3 shows at Black Cat in Washington, DC, and the Living Room in Providence. They have also played around Michigan and the Midwest including high profile local support slots with bands such as HEALTH and Ponytail. Having received favorable press from Real Detroit Weekly, Detroit News, Washington City Paper, (DC), The Michigan Daily, Ann Arbor News and various college newspapers/radio stations in the East Coast and Midwest, the band is said to be "musically and logistically coming into 2009 like a tidal wave." (The Current 3/09)

This EP represents a new generation of musicians and engineers coming together to assert their voice. Until the mastering stage, no one involved in the project was over the age of 21. The EP combines musicians well versed in all genres of music. “While we like what is currently going on in music and the indie rock scene, our goal has never been to be a part of that. We always wanted to combine all of our diverse influences into creating a unique and fresh sound,” says guitarist/producer Sivan Jacobovitz. “We’ve never felt a need to hide the fact that we can actually play our instruments, but at the same time we’ve never wanted to overindulge.”

In January of 2008, The Michigan Daily proclaimed, “It’s bandwagon time, kids.” Four students at the University of Michigan formed Farewell Republic about half a year earlier. Their sound is a combination of both modern and classical influences, interpreted through the lens of their generation.