Stream Chris Farren Where U Are EP (Stereogum Premiere)
Chris Farren is something of a legend in certain circles. With just about a decade-long career under his belt — first via the criminally underrated punk band Fake Problems, more recently with Antarctigo Vespucci, his project with Bomb The Music Industry!’s Jeff Rosenstock — he has that magical quality where pretty much everything he touches in absolute genius, and these three tracks are no exception. His new Where U Are EP was recorded during stolen moments an Australian tour with the Gaslight Anthem (whose Brian Fallon contributes vocals to one of the tracks), before being finished up back in his home state of Florida, a scrappy origin story for a home-baked collection of songs. All three tracks show off Farren’s versatility as a songwriter: there’s the magnetic bounce of the title track, “Evaporate”‘s jingle-worthy anxiety celebration, and the tender, sweet closer “Permanent For Me.” It’s a complete journey that lasts just under ten minutes, a testament to Farren’s inimitable charms. You can listen to the whole thing below.