We recently caught Fair to Midland at the Chevelle concert , and what an amazing surprise. We were completely not expecting an opening band to be as good or better than the main event. From the moment Darroh began singing, I could feel the tingle in my spine from truly great music.
The very next day we purchased this CD “Fables from a Mayfly…” and have been listening to nothing else for 4 days. Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9 and 10 are amazing and much more metal influenced. “Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes” track 9 is, in my opinion, probably the best track, followed closely by “Dance of the Manatees” which I love because of the changes Darroh makes with his voice. This man has amazing range and was even better live.
Experts talk about FTM as prog rock (neo-prog-hardcore, more accurately) with influences like U2, Deftones and most obviously System of a Down. This band revitalizes the repetitively melodious prog-rock sound by adding in the occasional thumping and visceral nu-metal riffs along with some guttural rapping (like at the end of Dance w/Manatees). This band is probably one of the most talented I have heard or seen in a long while. Apparently they hail from experimental rock roots and have been compared to Mars Volta, but I personally like the more mainstream sound with a lot of cross-over.
I do have to comment that this CD is nothing compared with seeing this band live. Live they were raw and much more metal. The guitars were turned way up and you could feel the pounding. Darroh was amazing with his voice and clearly payed close attention to his sound even though he jumped around spasmodically.
Interestingly, “Fables from a Mayfly…” is a concept album, that you only really understand when you look at the album art and read their full-length lyrics (available on some websites). Several have commented on the meaning, but they to me, clearly call out the issues that America faces today. For example, Track 5 “April Fools and Eggmen” must be referring to the media.
This CD is definitely something to add to your collection, and promises to be one that you will listen to again and again. We’ll be hearing a lot more about Fair to Midland.