Farrah (band)

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Farrah
Farrah 2009.jpg
Farrah in 2009
Background information
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Indie rock, power pop
Years active 1999–present
Labels
  • Lojinx
  • Egging
  • Ark 21
  • Rock Indiana
  • Polaris Records/MVS
  • Fabtone
Associated acts The Bad Machines, Montana, Cotton Mather
Website farrah.co.uk
Members
  • Jez Ashurst
  • Andrew Campbell
  • Henrik Irgens
  • Dana Myzer
Past members
  • Mike Hopkins
  • Tom Marsh
  • Max Fidani
  • Mike Walker
  • Michelle Margherita

Farrah are a British indie rock band. They have released four studio albums since 2001 and toured internationally since their formation. Though less well known in their home country they continue to have considerable success in Japan.

History[edit]

After releasing their debut single "Terry" on the indie Noisebox Records label in the UK they were signed to The Police manager Miles Copeland III's Ark 21 Records for the release of their debut album Moustache. The album was released in the UK, USA, Europe and Japan and saw the band tour the world extensively to support it. When Ark21 shut down operation in the UK, their second album Me Too was released on various independent labels throughout the world.

Farrah have maintained their independent status ever since. Recording at their own South London recording studio, producing their own videos and managing their online presence.

In addition to developing a harder rock sound, Me Too incorporated more diverse elements into their sound while still remaining true to the lyrically quirky 3-minute, harmony-laden, melody-driven power pop sound of Moustache.

In late 2006 Farrah completed their third album, Cut Out and Keep. It was released in 2007 in the UK, Spain and Japan and accompanied by a world tour.

Since early 2007, Farrah has been working with the Japanese pop rock artist Kaela Kimura. They have so far composed two songs for her, and she has covered their song, "No Reason Why". One of Japan's leading rock bands, Asian Kung-Fu Generation has invited Farrah to appear at their own Nano-Mugen Festival on 2 occasions, most recently in 2009.

In 2009 they released their self-titled fourth full-length album in Japan. The band now features former Cotton Mather drummer Dana Myzer in its lineup. The album (with a slightly different track listing ) was then release in the rest of the world in May 2010.

Lead vocalist and principal songwriter Jez Ashurst has also written songs recorded by numerous artists including Gabrielle Aplin, Boyzone, Will Young, The Click Five, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Brian McFadden, Hanson and Cliff Richard. Farrah co-founder Andrew Campbell also owns and runs the indie record label Lojinx. In 2015, he worked with Shane Filan from Irish pop band Westlife for two tracks off Right Here album where it charted No. 1 in Irish Albums Chart.

On 15 November 2011, the band included a cover of Europe's "The Final Countdown" on Engine Room Recordings compilation album, Guilt by Association Vol. 3.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2001 – Moustache
  • 2004 – Me Too
  • 2005 – Stopgap Product (Japan only mini-album)
  • 2007 – Cut Out and Keep
  • 2009 – Farrah (Japanese version)
  • 2010 – Farrah
  • 2013 – Bees & Honey[1] (demos, live & rarities compilation)

Singles[edit]

  • 1999 – "Terry" (UK)
  • 2000 – "Living For The Weekend" (UK)
  • 2001 – "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (UK)
  • 2001 – "Tired Of Apologising" (UK)
  • 2004 – "Daytime TV" (France)
  • 2005 – "Tongue Tied" (UK)
  • 2005 – "Christmas Is Cancelled" (free download)[2]
  • 2007 – "No Reason Why" (Japan)
  • 2008 – "Can't Kick The Habit" (Japan)
  • 2010 – "Swings & Roundabouts" (UK)

Compilations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farrah - Bees & Honey (Lojinx)". 5 November 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  2. ^ http://www.lojinx.com/media/Farrah_ChristmasIsCancelled.mp3
  3. ^ "Zipped Up & Down (Under) - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Farrah Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Bob Harris Presents... Volume 5[dead link]
  6. ^ "lojinx // releases / various artists / christmas present". Lojinx.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Music - Engine Room Recordings". www.engineroomrecordings.com. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 

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