FARSIDE by David Sine
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Revelation Records announce 30th anniversary vinyl of FARSIDE’s 1994 album “Rigged”

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Seminal melodic punk band Farside formed in 1989 in Orange County, California and had a strong eleven year run before disbanding in 2000. During that time the band released three albums, two EPs and a split with Sense Field. Released on June 21st, 1994 through Revelation Records, Farside’s sophomore album Rigged became a fan favorite spanning praise from audiences across punk, hardcore, emo, and alternative rock.

In celebration of the record’s 30th anniversary, Farside and Revelation Records announce a special pressing of Rigged on mint green eco-vinyl with an accompanying 16 page booklet. In addition to Rigged, Revelation Records is offering new color vinyl represses of Farside’s Rochambeau (1992) and Monroe Doctrine (1999).

Then comprised of vocalist and guitarist Michael “Popeye” Vogelsang, bassist Bryan Chu, and drummer Bob Beshear, Rigged marked the first output from the band with Kevin Murphy who shared guitar, vocal, and songwriting duties with Popeye. The result was a dynamic and collaborative album that translated just as remarkable on record as in a live setting.

When Popeye was asked why the album was given the title Rigged, he replied with a laugh, “Because that’s what all our equipment is.” Now, Farside may have used a lot of bubblegum and rubber bands to get their equipment to do what they wanted it to do, but there was nothing about this album that sounded ‘rigged,’ however. The record spans from the opening punk frenzy of “Square One” to the mainstream rock appeal of “Audience,” ending with the melodic and melancholic “Someday Too Soon.”

While Farside has no plans to reunite on stage, the band is happy to share in the memories and influence that Rigged materialized throughout the past thirty years.


Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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