Bands seem to be dropping like flies. All in the past few days, The Chariot and God Forbid announced their disbandment, and War From A Harlot’s Mouth announced that they would be going on hiatus. Another band we could potentially add to the list is Texas alt/prog rock group Fair To Midland. Things have been awful quiet on their front since the album cycle for their celebrated 2011 album Arrows & Anchors fizzled out. Now it seems we know why.
The apparently former drummer (what did I miss?!) Brett Stowers opened up on Facebook, and while it’s not exactly a 100% confirmation that we’re never hearing from the band again, his outlook is fairly pessimistic.
Lately, a lot of people have been asking me if I know anything about the current situation with Fair To Midland. I’m by no means an official source of info, but i’ll tell you what I know because I feel like the fans deserve to know what’s up.
First off, even before I was no longer in the band, FTM was in quite a bit of debt. This, I’m certain, only got worse as time went on. Second, as far as I know, FTM currently have no label or official management. Third, without getting too much into anyone’s personal life, I can say at least a couple members have expressed to me their frustration about lack of communication by certain other members of the band. Finally, the current members of FTM are spread out all over the country at this point. I would imagine that would make getting together for rehearsals/writing prohibitively expensive. (Plane rides, gas, accommodations, etc… you get the picture. Hell, it was hard enough when we were all in the relatively small area of Dallas/Commerce/Sulphur Springs.)
Read into the fact that nobody bothered to renew the band’s domain name what you will. (which actually kind of upsets me. there was a lot of FTM history on those forums)
With all that said, like most of you, I sincerely hope that the guys are able to turn things around. Even though I was a member for 10+ years, I was a fan first. I’ll be cheering alongside you if a new tour/album/whatever is announced, but i’m not holding my breath.
This is a massive bummer. Fair to Midland are high-shelf modern rock that deserved more attention than they were able to receive. Hopefully we can get an official word either way from the band, but it’s not looking good. If you haven’t heard Arrows & Anchors, do yourself a favor and give the album’s fantastic closer ‘The Greener Grass‘ below.