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EP REVIEW: Farehaven - 6 song EP sampler from their album Upsidedown  

By: Cyrus Rhodes








Artist: Farehaven
Album: EP Sampler from their album Upsidedown  
Label: Independent Artist

Genre: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock  

Sounds Like: Incubus, Live, Chevelle

Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Nobody Knows You, The Black Heart, Capsule
Weakness:  A Few Winded Songs



Cincinnati based 3 piece “Farehaven” just released their latest CD Upsidedown in 2011. This band has made a name for themselves regionally for their explosive live performances and has had radio success reaching #6 on the STS college charts and #16 on the STS Hot AC Charts. They were even nominated for the New Music Awards college category for new band. Band members consist of David Sizemore (Guitar, Vocals) Dan Durrant (Drums) and Rob Jamison (Bass). Cited influences include Van Halen, Creed and Led Zeppelin. This EP sampler contains 6 tracks off the CD.


The EP kicks things off with “Nobody Knows You” a dynamic intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, against infectious vocal vibe, hypnotic melody and a grand slam chorus. Track 2 “Caught in your Trap” shifts gears a bit with methodical guitar intro eventually evolving into a heartfelt follow-up that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. This coupled with mesmerizing guitar ambience and hypnotic vocal layering makes for an impressive follow-up. Track 3 “The Black Heart” shifts gears with it’s heartfelt vocal delivery, thought provoking lyrical content and impressive finale. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as Incubus, Live, Chevelle, and a dash of Avenge Sevenfold and even Nikelback. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of passion, variety and strong melodic structure. The songs themselves are addictive and packed full of passionate lyrical content and subject matter that simply cannot be pinned down with one listen. The music itself is an impressive blend of rock, alternative rock with just a dash progressive-pop. Besides the typical 4 piece standard, I also didn’t fail to notice some impressive guitar solos and riffs, well placed rhythm section, impressive double bass action and rich harmonies layered along the way. Sizemore’s voice works well within the confines of this catalogue and I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks throughout the EP indicating to me a strong and confident vocal ability. Chops from the rest of the band are spot on. From rocking “Going Nowhere” to dynamic “Capsule” Enter the rest of the bands musicianship - equally as impressive. The EP ends with Track 6 “Upside Down” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.


All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.   


This 6 song EP sampler from Farehaven is an impressive musical teaser from start to finish. This band possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous in 2012. The music is clean, goes down smooth and is full of passion. The messages are passionate, honest and melancholy – all from the artist’s brilliant perspective. Like I mentioned the true meaning of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content and not so easily pinned down the first listen. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist or band that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Farehaven is one of those bands.


Cyrus Rhodes