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Origin Birmingham, West Midlands
Genres Ska Punk
Years active 1996–2004
Labels Sucka Punch
Moon Ska Europe
Associated acts Mad Caddies
Shooter McGavin
Shortcut To Newark
Beat Union
The High Society
Phinius Gage
The King Blues
Website Official Myspace
Members Ollie Patrick
Chris Badham
Ade Preston
Dan O'Connell
Dean Ashton
Past members Tomas Whitehouse
Adam Price
Tom Rose

Farse are a five-piece ska-punk band hailing from Birmingham in the West Midlands.


They attended St. Thomas Aquinas school in Birmingham, where the band formed in 1996 as a four piece, with the lineup of Ollie Patrick (Vocals/Guitar), Chris Badham (Bass), Dan O'Connell (Drums) and Tom Rose (Guitar). After releasing a string of demos and a few line up changes (Tom Whithouse joining on second Guitar, leaving Ollie as Vocalist and Ade Preston replacing Tom Rose in the same year), they released their debut album, Means To An End, (recorded at Rich Bitch studios, Selly Oak, Birmingham) on 8 October 2001. The record created a buzz throughout the underground punk and ska scene in the UK and attracted the attention of the Moon Ska Europe label.

In late 2002 Farse entered UB40's DEP International Studios to record their second album, Boxing Clever. Following the album's release the band's popularity grew, with the video for the song Hopscotch receiving heavy rotation on the now-defunct digital music channel P-Rock. The band then embarked on several headlining tours throughout the UK before unexpectedly announcing their split in early 2004. Their full final tour was with Phinius Gage at the end of 2003.

During their career they performed with similar acts such as King Prawn, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Mad Caddies, Bowling For Soup, Reel Big Fish and Capdown.[1]

The final performance was held on Thursday 18 March 2004 at the Carling Academy 2 in Birmingham. The show involved former band members joining the line up to play old material. The set finished with the song "Youth On Paper", a song said to have been previously unheard at live shows.

Bassist Chris Badham now tours with The Mad Caddies.[2] Ade is also the bassist of Beat Union[3] formerly known as Shortcut to Newark, and has more recently joined The King Blues replacing Fruitbag as guitarist.

Farse played two reunion gigs, one at Subside Bar in Birmingham on Monday, 4 May 2009, and one at O2 Academy 2[4] Birmingham on Saturday, 9 May 2009. Farse also performed at the Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds on Sunday, 24 May 2009.


On Friday October 30, 2009, Farse played their 'finale' gig at O2 Academy Birmingham. During this set, frontman Ollie proclaimed that it wasn't to be their last ever show, in fact, that the group were reforming, writing some new material and getting back out on the road. "Why give up doing something that you enjoy and love so much?"

Band members[edit]

Past Members
  • Tomas Whitehouse – Guitar (1998–2004)
  • Adam Price – Drums (1998–1999)
  • Tom Rose – Guitar (1996–1998)


Music Videos[edit]

  • Cigarette Through Polystyrene (2003)
  • Hopskotch (2003)


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