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FARRIS, the international, Dutch rock band originally from the United States is the product of a world in motion, the inspirations, the wisdom, and the understanding that comes from miles of movement. The band first emerged out of the Salt Lake City alternative rock scene when globetrotting Kathleen Farris, lead singer-songwriter and creator of FARRIS, landed in Utah after three years of playing solo in support of her 2005 self-titled debut release. Known for placing equal importance on the music and the lyrics, FARRIS’ music quickly became known for its lyrical depth and impeccable live show.
By one or two twists of fate, Kathleen ended up docked in the port of Rotterdam one cloudy September in 2010. It was here where she placed her feet in the wet sands of the North Sea and decided, “why not stay and learn to sing in Dutch!”--- not really!. Once the clouds cleared and the sun shined again, the new Dutch FARRIS was ready. She met up with three experienced musicians, including Jeff Lafitte on guitar who has played numerous stages around Europe, especially in his home country, France, Evert on drums who was a perfect complement for FARRIS with his new rock influences (and hairstyle :). FARRIS wouldn’t be complete without THE LEO on bass. He started playing at the age of 6 and did his first gig at 11. He’s been in a number of original and cover bands and strives to bring James (Jamerson) and Bootsy (Collins) with a little bit of Flea together and voila...you have FARRIS
THE ALBUM: FARRIS melds diverging influences of its band members including blues, latin samba, hard rock, new wave, and mellow acoustic sounds while maintaining the importance of lyrics and highlighting Kathleen’s unique, compelling voice. FARRIS’ debut release, “WE ARE CREATURES” will be out in March 2013. Four of the twelve songs directly speak about political issues including, “Chased to Heaven” a gospel and reggae inspired song about the Sudanese Lost Boys escaping civil war and “The Dam” a full-on rock song which creates a metaphor between the US and a dam blocking the flow of a river. “Tu Eres mi Vida” is a world music-driven raucous ride with horns and multiple percussion sections blending many languages. Listen carefully to the remaining songs which touch on predestination, buddhism, love, death, and reincarnation including the alternative rock title-track, “We are creatures”, highlighting a philosophy that Kathleen holds dear - that we are all united under one sky.