The newly announced supergroup The Farewell Anthem have debuted the first taste of their sound with their first track, a cover of Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes”. Featuring members from I Set My Friends on Fire, Whether I and Time and Distance, the band showcases their abilities to transcend from the metalcore/hardcore world into the pop punk scene.
The decision for the band to get together was an easy one, however the timing was never right until now. With their schedule calming down, I Set My Friends guitarist Nate Blasdell heard “Too Good At Goodbyes” and immediately knew that was going to be the beginning for The Farewell Anthem.” He shared, “After listening to it once, I knew this was it. I called Kaleb [Eddy of Whether I] all night and he was asleep, so I just texted him ‘fly out to Pittsburgh on Friday, I’ll have you back by Monday.’ The next morning I woke up to a text saying ‘cool, what are we doing’ and it all transpired from there.”
While known for their heavier projects, the band was excited to branch out and experiment with different genres. Blasdell explained, “As much as all of us have loved playing heavier music, touring the world and everything else; we had all talked about wanting to step outside the box by doing something different.”
Choosing a cover song as the debut of the band opens numerous doors for listeners who may not have been exposed to the member’s other projects in the metal world. Blasdell joked, “We wanted to give our parents music that they could show their friends and not be embarrassed by it.”
The Farewell Anthem is:
Kaleb Eddy (Vocals) – Whether I
Nate Blasdell (Guitar) – I Set My Friends On Fire
Dustin Patton (Bass/Vocals) – Time and Distance
Greg McGowan (Guitar/Vocals) – Time and Distance
Chris Thompson (Drums) – I Set My Friends On Fire
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