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Sulphur Springs, Texas (1998 – present)

Fair to Midland are a band formed in Sulphur Springs, Texas in 1998.

Anyone who thinks the phrase “it’s all been done before” carries real weight clearly has yet to encounter Fair to Midland. Dark, heavy, moving, cryptic, progressive collides with flourishes of old-school country, Americana and Delta Blues in their sound. These Lonestar boys genre-defying and boundary obliterating ocean of sound righteously upends the old phrase “fair to middling” from which their Texas-ified moniker was drawn.

Arrows & Anchors, the five-piece band’s first album in partnership with eOne Music, is meaner, sadder and altogether more desperate of an affair than its predecessors. “It’s a very bitter album,” offers vocalist Darroh Sudderth. “The last album had some light at the end of the tunnel in some of the subject matter. This one doesn’t have that quite so much.”

This particularly invigorating yet undeniably gut-wrenching collection of songs is the product of a string of years of career strife since the group last poked their head into magazines and record shops. Arrows and Anchors follows a change in record label, a change in management and one (“maybe two,” Sudderth laughs) changes in booking agent. All of that change and upheaval definitely played a role in the creative process; artistic lemonade from business lemons.

There has never been a lack of faith from the diehard admirers who have steadily adopted the band as their own in growing numbers since Fair to Midland’s initial pair of self-released albums, The Carbon Copy Silver Lining (2001) and inter.

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  • grid15

    Such an incredibly unique band that I check back every once in awhile with faint hopes, but always hate the feeling after. Sounds like the member's live in different parts of the country now, so I should stop dreaming and just enjoy the two gems the did put out. Do wish Pandora would give inter.funda.stifle a rest from it's FTM playlist. Such inferior versions to Fables. Gives new listeners the wrong idea.

    Yesterday 11:26pm Reply
  • vo_id

    ftm... we really miss you.

    30 Sep 11:34am Reply
  • BtBaM27

    forever one of the best

    1 Sep 3:54pm Reply
  • NightHuntressXx

    I'm sad that I only just discovered this band....

    21 Aug 8:07pm Reply
  • Tryddyn

    @badasskurt hope you heard the demo version too, cause the album one doesn't do justice to darroh's voice

    16 Aug 8:53pm Reply
  • Donks1975

    If difficult times lead you to produce amazing music like this, then bring on the misery!! Absolutely fucking brilliant. Sad that it's over.

    19 Jul 7:56am Reply
  • badasskurt

    the vocals on bright bulbs & sharp tools... holy shit!

    18 Jul 12:49am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Ridiculous vocals/lyrics (in a good way) and awesome sound, so much fun to listen to!

    15 Jun 12:55am Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    @porucupine I bet they're some sweet muffins though.

    19 May 9:18pm Reply
  • finkk

    I listened to them for the first time in 2008 but just recently I discovered how great they were! omg it took me 6 years, and now I can't stop listening. It's so sad to know most likely they won't be together again...

    24 Mar 9:40am Reply
  • porucupine

    So I heard Darroh is a father now...and has his own muffing company thing going on with his wife. So I guess...that's it? ;_;

    22 Mar 2:17pm Reply
  • LewisSO

    daamn haven't heard these guys since myspace was popular

    19 Mar 11:23pm Reply
  • tasiek

    unless they didn't:)

    24 Jan 6:21pm Reply
  • tasiek

    hate to say that, but they sound even better when they fell apart.

    24 Jan 6:20pm Reply
  • IocanePowder8

    Noooooooo, come back! You guys had a distinct sound that will never be replicated... sigh.

    9 Jan 4:47pm Reply
  • aloeveradrink

    i'd be suprised if they ever used this name to release anything ever again.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Ghestal

    Since the band is all but officially dead and their website is no more, would someone mind hooking me up with Inter.Funda.Stifle in my inbox? Completely impossible to find anymore.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    Would love to hear the surprise announcement of another album.

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CassieMosley

    breakup rumors huh? Hope they aren't true [2] I didn't see them live yet ;_;

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ShadowolfIncubi

    oh wow, breakup rumors huh? Hope they aren't true, I became a fan seeing them for the first time as an opening act, they completely blew my mind.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
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