Faraway Neighbours clearly have found home
Exhibiting their trademark flare for humility mixed with a defined yet nuanced approachable disposition; Faraway Neighbours’ triage of: Chris Cucullo, Andrew Sowka, and Vince Aquilina delivered unconditionally.
May 31 marked the debut show and release party for Faraway Neighbours’ sophomore album I May Never Find Home. A tour of local venues following the original release concludes shortly.Playing melodic, dance-able “folk” to an enthusiastic crowd at The Raven and Republic in North Bay – Chris (vocals and guitar), Andrew (bass and vocals) and Vince (drums and vocals) created an atmosphere of philosophic instrumentation mixed with care, performed with rigor.
The delight felt by fans, patrons and newcomers permeated the venue. Their engaging performance enabled a hypnotizing and melodic atmosphere. What might loosely be described as “folk”, the philosophic instrumentation, technicality of the musicians, as well as the palpable sentiment went above and beyond that definition.
Many long-time supporters of this Sault Ste. Marie-slash-North Bay trio were in full attendance. Already acclaimed throughout Northern Ontario, Faraway Neighbours present themselves as a project that is difficult to ignore. Their music commands attention in the most delicate of ways.
Though the bandmates are synonymous with humility, they are proud and powerful performers. Their tracks, built upon tight musicality and meaningful lyricism, had everybody nodding rhythmic heads. The feeling generated in the crowd made it easy to see why people are drawn to the metaphysical canvas of their music, notwithstanding recent exposure on CBC Radio and the hype surrounding the release of this, their second album.
The organic, off-the-floor feel of their music sends the listener to a comfortable space in which to contemplate love and its intransigence. The unbreakable connection between band members displays itself full-frontal via the massively collaborative design of their live music as much as it does through the careful engineering of Ben Leggett. The signals they upkeep through their obvious dedication, perseverance and adoration for sound itself becomes rapidly evident.Upon introducing a favoured track “Nervous Girl,” Chris encouraged the crowd.
“This is a love song, so grab someone you love, if you have one. Or, grab someone you don’t know and they might love you.”
If that doesn’t properly sum up the experience of the album, let alone the show, then I cannot write it any better. The atmospheric sounds, the meticulous ease of performance and delivery, the philosophy, the personality, all combined to create a new lexicon and direction for Canadian “folk”.
I May Never Find Home is a genuine, heartfelt album that demonstrates the sincerity and dedication of these long-time friends and travelers. Upon listening, one feels as if you can take the Faraway Neighbours home, or go visit, shake their hands, ask for a bear-hug, fall in love.
Even if you don’t buy the ticket, you might as well take the ride.
Story by David Pottery, photos by Andrea Krabbe