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Biography

  • Years Active

    1992 – present (26 years)

  • Founded In

    Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

  • Members

from The Ripple Effect……..

Farflung……'is a cosmic spacecraft that will take you to heights unimagined and if youre not careful, could leave you floating there all alone. Ive got my ticket . . . how about you?'

from Sonic Frontiers……

'This is a fuzzed-out, spacey freak-out……. Farflung is a band with one foot firmly in the past and the other set light years into the future. I can only hope that this is just the beginning of a long trip yet to come. '

from allmusicguide…..

'If there were ever proof that stoner rock has become its own genre, it would be the fact that an album would have song titles like "Endless Drifting Wreck" and "Silver Shrooms" – given the band, it would actually be more surprising if it didn't have song titles like that. Farflung have been at it often and long enough that by this point their jacked-up space boogie – still audibly in debt to the patron saints of the whole shebang, Hawkwind, but no less enjoyable for that reason – gives exactly what anyone who favors the approach would want: great album graphics perfect for black T-shirts, more echo slathered over the vocals than imaginable, and a feeling that everything and everyone involved in the creation of it are all collectively careening down a cosmic highway at light speed while screaming "YEEEAARRRRRGHHHH" out of the windows.'

A Message from Farflung…

The origins of the Monster that is Farflung

Over the years there has been many misconceptions about the origin and group membership of Farflung. Here is a brief outline to set the record straight.

Cheers

1992

While at Calarts Brandon Labelle (aka Gammaknife) and Michael Esther founded a band called Helianthus with fellow students Karl Petion and Michael Griffin. When Karl Petion returned to New York he was replaced by Buck McGibbony (aka Bucky Bono, A.Gnudarve Lovejoy) of Death Ride 69. When Michael Griffin left the band he was replaced by Tommy Grenas of Pressurehed.
At this point the band changed it's name from Helianthus to Farflung.The year is 1994
There are a number of songs on the first two albums that were originally Helianthus songs including Open Your Mouth, Landing on Cydonia, Helianthus, Candied Electronic Atmospheres and Hot Fluffy Mind.
Karl Petion was given co-writing credits for these songs.

1995

25,000 Feet Per Second was recorded @ Poop Alley by Tom Grimley.
Released by Flipside Records
Paul Fox of Pressurehed and Trash Can School, joined the band.
line up:
Brandon Labelle
Tommy Grenas
Michael Esther
Buck McGibbony
Paul Fox

Also appearing on this album are:
Marina Cordial aka Marina Rosenfeld, Keyboards
Petra Hayden, Mandolin
Brian Norman, flute and percussion
Charles Morigiello, cello

Paul Fox leaves the band.

1996

The Raven That Ate the Moon was recorded at Poop Alley by Tom Grimley.
Released by Flipside

line up:
Brandon Labelle
Tommy Grenas
Michael Esther
Buck McGibbony

Also appearing on this album are:
Marina Cordial aka Marina Rosenfeld, Keyboards, piano and vocals.

The Band tours with Raging Slab

1997

The compilation album
Some Many Minds so Little Time Time was released by Purple Pyramid.
It includes rarities, singles and album cuts.

line up:
Brandon Labelle
Tommy Grenas
Michael Esther
Buck McGibbony

The Band Tours with Nik Turner.
It is billed as: Nik Turner and Farflung as The Sons of Cydonia.

Buck McGibbony leaves the band.

Dan Planet-Quag Meyer (Dashboard Prophets)
Doran Shelley (Death Ride 69, Pressurehed, The Cramps)
join the band

1998

The Belief Module was recorded @ the Record Store by KC Staples.
Released by Bad Acid 1999

line up:

Brandon Labelle
Tommy Grenas
Michael Esther
Dan Planet-Quag Meyer
Doran Shelley

Also Appearing on this album are:
Lisa Papineau, vocals
John Perara, Guitar
Brittany Collins, Vocals
KC Staples, atmospherics

1999

The Myth of Solid Ground was recorded by Len Del Rio
Released by Brainsquid in 2000
During these sessions both Doran Shelley and Dan Meyers exit the group.
They are replaced by Ryan Kirk and Skott Rusch (Hunting Lodge)

Michael Esther leaves the group.

line up:
Brandon Labelle
Tommy Grenas
Ryan Kirk
Skott Rusch

The Band tours again with Nik Turner

2001

When Science Fails is recorded
Released by Transparency 2002

line up:
Brandon Labelle
Tommy Grenas
Ryan Kirk
Skott Rusch

2002

9 Pin Body is released by Brainticket
It is culled from the the Myth of Solid Ground sessions
musicians include

Brandon Labelle
Tommy Grenas
Ryan Kirk
Skott Rusch
Michael Esther
Dan Planet-Quag Meyer
Doran Shelley
Lisa Papineau

The Band tours Europe with Earthlings?

line up:
Brandon Labelle
Tommy Grenas
Ryan Kirk
Skott Rusch

2007

The band reforms to record A Wound in Eternity.
It is recorded at Cochran House and Rancho de la Luna, Produced and Engineered by Ryan Kirk.

line up is
Ryan Kirk
Michael Esther
Tommy Grenas

2008
A Wound in Eternity is released by Meteor City.

The live line up is
Ryan Kirk
Michael Esther
Tommy Grenas
Paul Hischier
Rodney Rodriguez
Andrew Scott

The Band plays Roadburn and tours Europe w/White Hills

Full length Releases

1995 25,000 Feet Per Second Flipside
1996 The Raven that Ate the Moon Flipside
1997 So Many Minds so Little Time Purple Pyramid
1999 The Belief Module Bad Acid
2000 The Myth of Solid Ground Brainsquid
2002 When Science Fails Transparency
2002 9 Pin Body Brainticket
2008 A Wound in Eternity Meteor City




Some notable bands Farflung has played with:
Melvins
Silver Apples
Gong
Nebula
Earthlings?
Raging Slab
Keji HeinoFushitsusha
Epic Soundtracks
White Hills
Hawkwind
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sweet Cream USA
Sonic Boom
Acid King
Four Carnation (The For Carnation? ed.)
Foo Manchu (Fu Manchu? ed.)
TransAm

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