So Far Gone is the result of passion, death, and a promise. Originally comprised of Cameron Shiflet, (guitar/vocals) Jeff Burg, (drum/vocals) and Joey Mann, (bass/vocals) the band was faced with the death of not only their bassist, but their best friend in August of 2009. After nearly six months of mourning, the surviving members decided to take it upon themselves to keep Joey's memory alive. With a new found motivation and outlook on life, So Far Gone came to the decision that they would press on. With Joey’s unexpected passing, the band felt the need to push harder than ever to reach the goals they had set for themselves to honor their fallen friend.
In January of 2010, So Far Gone added Sam Spofford, a close friend of Joey’s, as their new bassist. In July 2011, the band released their critically acclaimed debut EP, ‘Don’t Worry, It Gets Bigger.’ The fast-paced EP contains five commercial friendly tracks, some of which include the final bass lines ever composed by Joey. Music critic, Annie Reuter of Ariel Publicity states, “It’s So Far Gone’s catchy lyrics that have the listener pressing the repeat button. The high energy tracks are ear-grabbing ”. When asked about their debut release, the band members affirmed, “Don't Worry, It Gets Bigger was released with the intention of providing listeners with a taste of things to come”. The E.P. contains songs highlighting the group's signature punk urgency as well as tracks revealing the bands undoubted maturing since their loss. "This E.P. is our way of honoring the past while embracing the future,” remarks guitarist Cameron Shiflet. In response to the bands new direction, music critic, Matthew Warnock avowed, “Kudos to So Far Gone for pushing the envelope”.
Since the release, So Far Gone has been actively performing in support of the album. Singles ‘Biting Lips and Clawing Bed Sheets,’ and ‘We’ll Die with the Sunrise,’ have been met with radio play and high demand. When inquired as to what is next for the band, drummer Jeff Burg opened up to say, “We really like the response our E.P. is receiving. We have been writing and rehearsing for hours on end, and have begun to lay down the ground work for a full length album”. Bassist, Sam Spofford’s outlook on what’s to come is equally as bright stating, “We are pushing ourselves into uncharted territories with high expectations”. Only time will tell what the future holds for So Far Gone, but all of their hard work will be met with equally high anticipation as we patiently await their next release.