Chris Carrabba-Fronted Further Seems Forever Releases Video for "So Cold"; Are We Too Old or Too Young for This Song?

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Chris Carrabba left Further Seems Forever to pursue other endeavors like the ultra-emo Dashboard Confessional and contributing songs for Tobey MaGuire movies. And after an 11-year break from his hometown act, Carrabba is back in the band with a new release Penny Black on Rise Records. Their first single off the album "So Cold" dropped today with a brand spanking new video.

The question we ask here is, what does this Carrabba-fronted Further Seems Forever mean to late 20 and early 30 somethings? "So Cold" has an adult contemporary vibe. Is that what our generation's listening to now? The thought of a FSF reunion felt fucking great for the first 10 minutes, but then one starts to wonder, "Wait, would I like FSF if I just started listening to it at this age?"



Musically, FSF's debut The Moon Is Down is a guitar record -- lots of mathy-sounding tunes, weird time signatures, and epic as fuck songs. Come to think of it, that record is more nerdy than emo (not that they're mutually exclusive). But people were into the content and the lyrics, Carrabba's lyrics.

A couple years ago, we saw Thursday play at Revolution. When they took the stage, they, no lie, looked like Bon Jovi. But then they shredded this post-hardcore front that I associated with a time when I had my Jew-fro and NFG T-shirt... And it just felt awkward.

Are these bands supposed to grow with you, though? Are we ready for the now mature emo band you were into at preadolescence? It's a seesaw that's hard to balance on. So is life. But you'll always keep The Moon is Down inside that bubble of your teens, which you can pop or revisit any time.



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ChrisR
ChrisR

I think that this is sort of the problem with music fans, especially young one's, in general. They don't understand that there is a very short window in which to try and 'make it' in this industry, and if they're going for it they want to try and have a career at it and not just have one or two albums and that's it. It shouldn't be a phase. It's a battle that a musician can almost never win. If a band keeps making albums of the same ilk or repeats themselves, fans complain that they keep making the same album over and over again and aren't growing. If a band does grow from the debut album you have fans complain that they want them to put out more albums like their first/earlier releases. I think it's cool to actually grow up with a band personally.

dirbab
dirbab

@radacat lol I saw dashboard play in brooklyn a few weeks ago. it was awesome. never rly liked further seems forever tho.

radacat
radacat

@dirbab oh man i spun "the moon is down" like crazy when i was 16. i didn't know he still toured with DC! pretty sweet.

dirbab
dirbab

@radacat haha, he must be having some kind of midlife crisis. I think it was a reunion tour? reuniting with himself? I'm not sure.

radacat
radacat

@dirbab oh good! i'm coming to town shortly, i hope it stays that way.

dirbab
dirbab

@radacat the east coast misses you! we finally got some SF weather today. the heat has been brutal all summer. today was lovely!

radacat
radacat

@dirbab hahaha if anyone would do that, it would be him. hows BK btw? i miss the east coast.

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