When: Thu., Sept. 25 2014
rock, 9 p.m.
The Farm Upstate’s writing style is all over the place, and that’s a good thing. Hit random on the Charleston band’s complete discography, and you’ll find power-pop rock mixed up with cinematic Jon Brion-esque études. The last band to pull off so many styles this well was Ween, and The Farm Upstate are giving them a run for their money. The band is getting ready to release their first full-length record, Appetite for Distraction. Vocalist and guitarist Eric Barfield describes the record as wuss core. “Wuss core is something I coined because I try to rip off lots of genres, says Barfield. “Making up fake genres is fun. It’s all rock ‘n’ roll.” Oddly enough, The Farm Upstatehas never had a full-time drummer. “I like to think of it as having a bullpen of drummers as opposed to not having a drummer,” says Barfield. “It’s just a matter of who’s available.” If you’re already familiar with The Farm Upstate, you might recognize some of the yet-to-be-released songs on Appetite for Distraction, but there’s a reason for that. “A lot of it has been recorded before, but I didn’t like how it sounded or it’s played differently now,” says Barfield. “Appetite for Distraction contains 33 percent new material.” —J. Chapa THURSDAY