Not to be confused with the band formed by former members of the Grateful Dead, the LA band Further has their roots in an entirely different strain of classic rock. Starting life as the ill-fated band Shadowland Darren and Brent Rademaker tumbled out of a bad major label deal in the mid ’90s and regrouped a few years later (with drummer Kevin Fitzgerald and guitarist Josh Schwartz) as an ornery indie band with an unabashed fondness for Dinosaur Jr. That’s how they spent the rest of that decade, proffering their brand of groaning guitars and croaked vocals up and down the West Coast — occasionally hitting some of the other coasts, too (according to their press materials, Lou Barlow recruited them to open for Sebadoh just to piss off J Mascis). After Further fell apart, Schwartz netted critical acclaim founding Beachwood Sparks and, later, the Tyde, but the band themselves never achieved more than a cult following. That’s a problem the forthcoming compilation Where Were You Then? seeks to correct. Gathering up a baker’s dozen of the group’s greatest moments, it’s the ideal introduction to Further’s particular brand of crank-rock. Get an early earful with “Over and Out” below.
[Where Were You Then? will be released by Bad Paintings Records on September 2]