Vancouver’s The Farewell Folks formed through a series of Craigslist ads posted by frontman Leo Song between 2010 and 2012. The then five-piece band worked on Song’s compositions in a derelict jam space beneath a now-gentrified Chinatown building for two years with the goal of putting out a debut LP in mind. Throughout their two-year writing and rehearsing stint, the band made frequent use of Vancouver’s Farm Studios and Nimbus Recording School’s facilities, where they developed their recorded sound, and built up the lush and cinematic qualities that define their music. In 2012, they released their radio single Smiling, which was received to some acclaim and made its rounds on local music blogs and radio.
In 2013, the band left the city and spent 21 days recording at Bottega – a remote studio located on a farm property just outside of Kelowna, BC. The resulting recording was produced and engineered by guitarist James Peter Watkins and co-engineered by Nick Civiero of Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios. Over the time spent recording, the band discovered and honed the sound they call “crescendo-core”, often layering guitar riffs a-la American Football, and organ parts reminiscent of Manchester Orchestra atop one another to construct anthemic swaths of sound around the band’s confessional and candid performances. Back in Vancouver, the project was mixed at home by Watkins and mastered by Brock Macfarlane of CPS Mastering. After the recording it remained unreleased and the band eventually opted to take a hiatus.
In 2016, the hiatus ended when frontman Leo Song-Carrillo, singer/keyboardist Emma Song-Carrillo and drummer Sean Witzke rented a new derelict rehearsal space and began working on the songs from the recording as a three-piece. The re-formed band returned to their old material with fresh ears and improved instrumental prowess, and began carving out a live sound that had been absent in the early days of leaning on the recording process as a means to discovering their sound. The Farewell Folks are now working towards re-recording and releasing their new debut album “Us” with combined elements of the original recording and the new sound of their three-piece configuration. Though The Farewell Folks have passed through several iterations of their lineup and aesthetic, the beauty and vulnerability of their songs are what have ultimately stood the test of time.