Musicscan: What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create? Why chose you the reunite after some years of absence?
Far: It's really the music that keeps me interested. We make a particular noise together. I don't enjoy many parts of the music business, but I enjoy the making of the music. One of my favorite tracks from At Night We Live, 'Fight Song', is all about that.
Musicscan: How does your band feel about having post-hardcore-punk-rock become one of the “new” things in music? What makes far stand out from your artistic point of view?
Far: We're actually interested in writing original songs and doing our own thing, as opposed to figuring out what's popular and trying to fit with that. There are too many bands that are way too worried about being popular and not nearly concerned enough with making stuff. You won't find a lot of hard rock bands putting songs like 'When I Could See' on their records. Similarly, you wouldn't find most mellow bands putting a track like 'Dear Enemy' on theirs. We go everywhere we want to go.
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song for/with far and what it felt like and how it feels now when you finish a song for/with far? How has your relationship to music and the band changed over the years?
Far: I've become more clear on the fact that I primarily enjoy making things, as opposed to being particularly close with the people I make things with. I think if we're united in our passion for the idea, that's the best way to be close. When Shaun and I were writing 'If You Cared Enough', that felt good. That's what our relationship is about.
Musicscan: What are you looking for in a song? Have you ever achieved something like a perfect song in your opinion? How would you define such a perfect song?
Far: I've written songs that I enjoy, but nothing near a perfect song. There are only a handful of those in history, I think. A perfect song hits right away, but then keeps getting deeper and more complex if you choose to keep listening. It keeps on unfolding. I aspire to that for sure. I have made some good moments, but I'm not sure I've ever sustained it for a whole song. I think the song 'At Night We Live' is the closest thing to a perfect song on the new one. There are lots of individual moments that I love on the record, though. The kick-in to 'The Ghost That Kept On Haunting' is surprising every time.
Musicscan: Do you think modern information technology will inevitably change not only the way music is listened to but also how it is written? Some bands seem to focus only on strong singles nowadays…
Far: Oh yea, we're deep into the age of the single, the random playlist, the aggregated stream. Albums are a distant memory. I still like them. That said, a great single has always been exciting. I love starting our record with 'Deafening', it's a great little blast.
Musicscan: Do you think it is reasonable to assume that the concept of an album will soon be a thing of the past and people will solely listen to certain songs? Will the songwriting and the music change as well because of that?
Far: Yea, as I said, the album is a thing of the past. More and more, I think people will focus on the single, and various ways of generating money with just one song. I really think a good song will always be a good song, though, no matter where pop culture goes. 'Give Me A Reason' is a good example of that.
Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound?
Far: We're not concerned with anything we've done before, nor are we concerned with forging some new direction. When an artist focuses on that instead of just letting the ideas arrive, I think they move away from making art, and more into some strategic process. Whether it's a tune like 'Burns' or like 'At Night We Live', I think we just sound like Far, and that'a good thing.
Musicscan: In general: Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern forward thinking music in between rock, punk and hardcore basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?
Far: Guitar-based music like rock, punk, country and all, that's done it's general evolution. Music, of course, will keep evolving, with new elements going in and out of fashion. Hip-hop culture is the culture that's flowering now, the way Rock was in the 60s or so. Maybe Hip-hop is a bit more equivalent to Rock in the 70s now, actually. A bit bloated. We'll see where it goes.
Musicscan: Every band has a vision of how their songs should sound like after the recording. Listening to at night we live right now. Would you say that this was a successful mission or would you even say that the band was able to surprise itself?
Far: It was definitely successful, on all levels. I am still happily surprised when I hear the songs. They're sounding good live as well, which is great.
Musicscan: What makes far special to you? How would you describe the essence of the band?
Far: A loud, pretty mess. I think what's special about us is that our records don't fit in to any one category or scene. I think that's one reason the music has lasted. We've never tried to be in style, we've just tried.