Chris McFarland releases a new EP in August with Rainer Maria members as backing band
Since his first release in the late 90’s, Austin by way of Brooklyn-based songwriter Chris McFarland and his “angry folk” style has been a constant force that has consistently earned him notice and praise from his peers and captivated heartsick audiences for more than a decade.
Whether solo, or with backing musicians, the stories in McFarland songs possess an intimate quality that has earned him a place on stages with Neko Case, Bright Eyes, Granddaddy, Rainer Maria, Britt Daniel of Spoon and The Dirty Three just to name a few.
A true road warrior, McFarland can be found crisscrossing the United States several months of the year, wearing down his late-model Martin acoustic with his ceremonial self-eviscerations.
This summer will see the release of McFarland’s sixth collection of songs, the “Beauty and Undertow” EP on August 21st, the realization of a long-held dream to reunite the members of groundbreaking emo group Rainer Maria for the first time since that band’s break up in late 2006.
“Kyle (Fischer, Rainer Maria guitarist) and I have been best friends for the last 23 years,” says McFarland. Bill (Kuehn, Rainer Maria drummer) has been one of my favorite drummers for many years and Caithlin (De Marrais, Rainer Maria vocalist) was on my last EP. When it came time to plan this new record, I just had to approach them all about being on it with me.”
The new EP is McFarland at his best, pouring out his frustration and anger on one song and waxing poetic on the next. It’s an urgent set of tunes that haunt, haunt, haunt – intense and out on the edge.