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Fell Far Behind/Chasing the Dream EP

October 23, 2003

fellfarbehindFell Far Behind/Chasing the Dream EP
Best Feature: Combination of driving guitar lines with vocal harmonies.
Genre: Emocore/Metal
Label: PumpkinEater Records (

Fell Far Behind has the ability to combine their individual talents and passion for music to produce a four song EP (Chasing the Dream) that hits you hard at the beginning with the title track, grabs your attention and holds it through tracks two and three (“Honest Eyes & Just Once”), and leaves you begging for more at the end of the fourth song (“Simple Wishes”). This EP is best listened to loud, on good quality speakers or headphones, because it deserves that much attention.

Musically, Fell Far Behind is the sound of metal, emo, and hardcore in a blender. The result is a unique blend of passionate, emotional vocals accompanied by a thick drumming and driving, raw guitar lines which are sure to quicken the pulse. It’s obvious that each individual member of this band loves what they do, has immense talent at their instrument of choice, and consistently puts out 100% effort. This gives Fell Far Behind the potential to rise above the “everyday” band, as they have some of the same key elements that helped bands such as Thursday, Thrice, and Silverstein attain popularity, as well as an unique niche within the genre.

The only real weakness that I could find was that, while the heavy guitar lines are stellar, they cause the songs somewhat to blend into one another. It’s great for continuity but there are no surprises- nothing really to shake things up. In spite of this, the overall quality of their music is good enough to keep the sound lively.

I highly recommend picking up the EP, but if you do and you’re anxiously awaiting more, look for their full length coming out in January 2005 (according to their website).
-Andrea Goodwin

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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