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Further were an early 90s indie rock band indebted less to the wordy, snarky bands around them and more to the slow, sludgy guitar jams of bands like Dinosaur Jr; just listening to "Filling Station", the guitar duelling instrumental that opens to 'Where Were You Then?', is proof of that. Further were super lo-fi and fit snugly into an indie rock scene that went on to eclipse them. Their own brand of noisy, no frills rock fun is available again with 'Where Were You Then?', courtesy of Bad Paintings.

 

Tracks:

Filling Station Over & Out Generic 7 She Lives By The Castlr 5. Surfing Pointers California Bummer Quiet Riot Grrrl Springfield Mods Spheres Of Influence Wett Katt I Wanna Be A Stranger Be That As It May Grandview Skyline

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Where Were You Then? by Further
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 28 August 2014

Here's a nice little collection of tracks from the singles and EPs of early '90s LA grunge-gaze outfit Further, whose members went on to play in Beachwood Sparks, The Tyde and Circle Jerks. Their deal was Teenage Fanclub-ish summer pop buried in shitkicking layers of trebly Dinosaur Jr distorto-sludge and MBV wibble.

Towards the end of this collection you can tell they're heading towards the more refined alt-country inspired sound that hints at their later bands, and the most fun cuts come on side A, with the lolloping Ty Segall-meets-Three Mile Pilot riffs of opener 'Filling Station' that churn lazily towards a frantic early Dino Jr grunge-sludge finale. "It was supposed to be like Teenage Fanclub meets Mudhoney" say the entertainingly candid liner notes.

The frantic drumming and dreampoppy distorto-haze of 'Generic 7' bring another early highlight, like Superchunk through shoegaze-tinted spectacles. The Polvo-ish twisting riffs of 'Surfing Pointers' and the glorious falsetto-vocalled three-guitar attack of 'California Bummer' are other stand-outs here on a collection which, with the exception of a couple of plodding numbers towards the end, still punches above its weight.




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