Steve (Worthing) – Vocals
Stephen (Hayling Island) – Guitar and vocals
Spencer (Emsworth) – Bass
Matt (Fareham) – Drums
2019 has been a big year for Further From The Sky, launching onto the scene at the start of the year with their debut single “Buying Friends” it quickly garnered airplay on Metal Meyhem Radio and was picked up by several notable Spotify playlists. Music blogs picked up on the band too, Play Up Pompey Music (playuppompey.org) described the single as “The best f**cking thing I have heard from a Pompey band in a long time.” On The House (onthehousemusic.co.uk) described the debut single: “The vocals are fantastic, incredibly formidable, and impressively intense – blending in well with the stomping lead guitar riff that commands the entire track throughout.”
The bands fearsome live reputation preceded them as they blasted across the South Coasts live circuit from Brighton to Southampton sharing the stages with the best of the underground scenes rising bands such as Stone Angels, Trouble County, Cyanide Sundae, Indya, Riot Club and Killing Morton to name a few. The band were also invited to support Whitfield Crane (of Ugly Kid Joe fame) and former The Fall members Imperial Wax as well as making it to the semi-final of the Wedgewood Rooms 2019 Showcase. One startled audience member stated “I have seen audiences run towards bands, I have never seen a band jump off the stage and run towards their audience!”
2020 is gearing up to be an even bigger year, gigs are already being booked to coincide with the February release of the bands new 5 track EP “A Brief History Of Broken Bones” which will be preceded by the searing new single and video “The Concentration Camps of Trump’s America!”
Matt was a founding member of Kodiak Jack and more recently Bring the Revolution. While in these he recorded an album (Alhambra)with Tesla‘s Brian Wheat in California, opened for world famous acts like Paul Gilbert, Ugly Kid Joe and Faith No More‘s Chuck Mosley. Had songs featured on Eurosport. Had multiple reviews in Classic Rock. Had national radio play on Planet Rock. Regular feature on the Portsmouth gigging scene; played Edge of the Wedge, Pyramids, Eastney Cellars and Wedgewood Rooms. (Southampton venues- Brook, Joiners, Talking Heads)
Steve has more experience: having toured Europe with Scuttle, other Scuttle members have gone on to have influential position in the music business. Scuttle recorded 3 records for Firefly Recordings, were Steve Lamaq single of the week, had airplay on John Peel, XFM and Radio 1 rock show. Coverage of the band came in Rock Sound, Kerrang and Big Cheese
He fronted a band that included members of Pitchshifter and Funeral For a Friend. Opened for Hell is For Heroes, AFI and Hundred Reasons. Had charting hits in Europe.
line up is finished of with Stephen and Spencer who are semi pro musicians who
have a long lists of gigs under their belt with established rock tribute and
cover bands that play all through the UK.
Matt helped out Stephen in his cover band when their drummer fell ill. Stephen knew Steven as he was teaching him guitar. They advertised, auditioned and found Spencer.
Each member put some names in a hat and we all picked the one we liked best, this one seemed unanimous. It comes from a Butch Walker song title (Closer to the Truth, Further from the Sky). All the members were a fan of him, but each knew him from different bands (Southgang, Marvelous3 and solo).
Buying Friends single:
Recorded at Brighton Electric, home to Royal Blood and have recorded Black Honey and Architects among others.
Mastered by Pete Maher, he has mastered acts such as U2, The Rolling Stones and Nine Inch Nails.
It was the first song written by the band. Has a Royal Blood feel as it was written when we were only a 2 piece. The finished article has some classic rock elements too, with vocals in a style of early 2000’s post hard core era
Released on December 14th 2018 via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc and direct from the band at their bandcamp page.
A Brief History of Broken Bones
The Concentration Camps of Trumps America