Salt Lake City, UT
FARRIS, the internationally influenced rock band from Salt Lake City, Utah is the product of a world in motion, the inspirations, the wisdom, and the understanding that comes from miles of movement. The band came together in 2008 and includes Argentinian-born drummer Santiago Alonso, Pakistani bassist Rehan Jacob, electric guitarist and social worker Chris Cambron, and Singer-songwriter and frontwoman Kathleen Farris whose public health work has allowed her music to touch all corners of the globe.
Kathleen Farris arrived in Salt Lake City in 2008 after three years of playing solo in support of her 2005 self-titled debut release. Known for placing equal importance on the music and the lyrics, Kathleen uses her striking voice and poignant themes to touch on many social issues including war, homelessness, politics, and current affairs. After combining Kathleen’s strengths and influences with those of three experienced musicians, a new sound emerged leading to the formation of FARRIS.
Musically, FARRIS melds diverging influences of its band members including blues, latin samba, hard rock, and mellow acoustic sounds while maintaining the importance of lyrics and Kathleen’s unique, compelling voice. FARRIS’ debut release, “WE ARE CREATURES” is expected in the Spring of 2010. Four of the twelve songs directly speak about political issues including, “Chased to Heaven” a gospel and reggae inspired song about the Sudanese Lost Boys escaping civil war and “The Dam” a full-on rock song which creates a metaphor between the US and a dam blocking the flow of a river. “Tu Eres mi Vida” is a world music-driven raucous ride with horns and multiple percussion sections blending many languages. Listen carefully to the remaining songs which touch on predestination, buddhism, love, death, and reincarnation including the alternative rock title-track, “We are creatures”, highlighting a philosophy that Kathleen holds dear - that we are all united under one sky.
FARRIS completed the foundation for their album release at the end of August 2009 allowing time for more focus on their live show. The band plans to finalize and release their album in the Spring and tour in its support in the summer of 2010. FARRIS has more than 20 years of combined touring experience among the band members and has played to rave reviews in the Salt Lake City area.
FARRIS strives to bring a new vision to the world through music, one that includes and doesn’t exclude as we are all creatures under one sky.