The Farewell Circuit release 'In Our Bones' at the Cedar


It's not often a band comes along that changes your view on the music industry and gives you hope that good music is still being made -- and with so many new bands and artists popping up everyday, it's difficult to discern who to spend your time and hard-earned money on.  

Meet The Farewell Circuit. Lead singer Danny O'Brien has a voice that will break your heart, yet draws you in with lyrics that tell the story of a something that is bigger than us all.

Gimme Noise spoke with Danny and DJ before the band's album release at The Cedar.

Band Members: Danny O'Brien, DJ House, George Hadfield, Dan Lawonn, Alex Young

Gimme Noise: The title In Our Bones either sounds very morbid or reflective; where did you come up with the name for the album?

Danny: Morbid? That's funny; this is far and away our most hopeful and positive record to date. In Our Bones essentially stems from the idea that we are all (humanity), when we break it down, made from the same stuff. It's reflective in the sense that we're trying to present an alternative mindset to the polarization of today; the goal of being more unified and supportive view of humanity and its constant struggle for balance. You know, there are the "haves" and "have-nots," how is it that we as humanity have overlooked and exploited one another for so long that the gap between the two seems insurmountable?  It's questions like this that really fueled the writing for this record.


Danny O'Brien, George Hadfield, Geoff Hartnell, DJ House
Danny O'Brien, George Hadfield, Geoff Hartnell, DJ House
Jessica Ekstrand

What was experience with having a record label behind your music versus releasing as an independent artist?

Danny: Our last two releases (Birdless Sky and Brother's Eyes) were self-produced and self-released. Having Princess Records on our side has been a real blessing. Krista and Grant are great friends of ours, they are ethical and honest people who desire what's best for the bands they support and this is exactly what we have been looking for.

Putting out records on our own has been frustrating. We spent hours and hours hand-making our past two releases (literally...I drew/painted and wrote out the credits on each individual disc) and we would send them off to radio stations, blogs, and various other media outlets and received little to no attention. We had a little ray of hope for the completely independent releases when one of our acoustic videos for the song "Guard" was featured on This was exciting and even got us a spin on the Current, but the hype fizzled out pretty quickly and we were back at square one. Yet, now that the new album arrives with a Princess Records sticker and address on the envelope, people are starting to listen. Princess Records happens to be well-connected and respected around The Cities and we are so thankful to be a part of their family.

DJ: I wasn't on a label in this band but I was on EMI for a period of time with George (bass) in another group. Being on a label certainly has it's perks at times; you get a lot of exposure and it sort of gives your band some more credibility in a way, but you do give up ownership and total control of what it is you're trying to do. Sometimes having so many people involved can be to the detriment of the project and sometimes you see it work really well. I think if you're just stubborn and hold true to what it is you're in it for.

It seems like you really have to have tons of gusto to make things happen as an independent artist. Most importantly, you have to be doing something people are interested in hearing. Hopefully it's as much as you enjoy making it or maybe its a paycheck. With sites like iTunes, Emusic, Bandcamp, etc. and the blogosphere, the playing field has certainly been leveled, but it's even harder to stand out. 

The more I answer this question, the more I realize, I don't know if I fucking know anything. I just enjoy trying to help make concise, creative, and hopefully moving little bits of music.

With the local music scene finally getting some recognition, where do you see the Farewell Circuit in five years?  Any plans on touring with the new music?

Danny: In five years, we will hopefully be living on a homestead, writing music and working the land to benefit families who cannot afford quality foods. The idea is to have a sort of CSA program, but free of charge...and to make great records in the process.

DJ: Well, we'd like to do it for a job, thats for sure. If we could be making a living, supporting our families, and playing new music to whoever wants to hear it, that would be ideal.

In the short term, we are hitting a lot of "weekend warrior" sort of dates down to Milwaukee/Chicago. Up to Duluth, Fargo, etc. Mostly Midwest markets. If the record grows we'd love to do some small runs out to the east/west coasts -- places we've never been before. And after that, world domination will surely ensue.

How did you come to the conclusion to have the CD release at the Cedar?  What can we expect at the show?

Danny: Well, the original idea was to book it at a smaller location, where we were certain that we could sell out. But after a few discussions with other musicians around town and our producer, Brett, we were convinced to look into a larger venue. The Cedar is a great place to hear music, so we sent out a message and everything work itself out from there.

What can you expect? Well, you can expect is a solid performance, lush tones, and a whole lot of love and hope pouring out of the PA. We will be playing with our full line-up of band members: Danny O'Brien, DJ House, George Hadfield, Alex Young, and Dan Lawonn. There's going to be a lot of textured instrumentation and a choir. 

DJ: It might be loud? I'm not sure. Just some great music from our friends Bella Ruse and actually, old high school friends White Light Riot...and we'll try to play the new record well too.

The Farewell Circuit will release In Our Bones at the Cedar Cultural Center on 11/4/2011 with White Light Riot and Bella Ruse. AA, $10 adv, $12 door, 7 pm.

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