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Rising from the obscure and dilapidated Mobile, Alabama music scene, Too Far From Amsterdam is one of the most musically conscientious hard rock groups in existence. TFFA thrives on its emotionally broad live shows and on its core fundamental of well orchestrated music. Drawing from such influences as Coheed and Cambria, Brand New, Dredg, At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, Rush, The Foo Fighters and almost any other influential progressive hard rock band from the last several decades that you can think of, TFFA uses their unique classical style to bring listeners something bold and new but also somewhat familiar. The primary goal of these boys has always been to protect the sanctity of the progressive style, trying to push the envelope but never to push it too far.
The group was born from the early collaborations of frontman, Arie VandeWaa, and guitarist, Mark Parrish, combined with the determined and melodic style of bassist, Ben White. Like most bands, TFFA spent its infancy writing, rehearsing, and performing in garages and living rooms, busting their asses just for the thrill of it. With original drummer, Zach Webb, the band moved up to playing open mic nights and a few sparse gigs here and there. However, due to conflicting projects, Webb was forced to leave the band and his replacement, Cameron Alidor has filled his place marvelously. Since the addition of Cameron to the lineup, the band has found a sense of stability and urgency, recognizing its own potential and talent and desperate to share it with the waiting world, gigging regularly in the state of Alabama and pushing its way into the Southeastern music scene, one venue at a time.