Immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting everything down, the members of New Orleans hard rock outfit Farewell to Fear had embarked on Chris Jericho’s Rock and Wrestlin’ Rager at Sea cruise. With a new guitarist, Tommy Gibbons, in place, things were looking very positive indeed. We all know what happened next.
“When this outbreak happened we were forced to really focus in on recording a video and working things that we had control over,” Craig says. “We were basically gearing up for a big show in September with Judas Priest, Limp Bizkit and a handful of other great bands, but that was cancelled two weeks ago. So now, it’s really affected us because we really don’t know when it’s going to get back to normal, and we can go out there to play this music.”
Farewell to Fear formed in 2010 after meeting at a convention related to their day jobs. A handful of like minded souls came together over a love of music.
“We wanted to do something fun, we wanted to do something unique, with a positive message, behind it,” Craig says. “We continuously evolved after that. I still think the sound is heavy but melodic, which gives us an opportunity to grow and try new things.”
That sound is a very polished yet crunchy hard rock, tinged with progressive metal. Craig says that they draw from Alice in Chains and Bullet for My Valentine.
At the time of writing, the independent band was celebrating the fact that recent single “I Won’t Be Your Tragedy” had been added to the playlists of 31 radio stations.
As for the rest of the year, Craig says the band is ready to get out of the quarantine situation. “There’s a lot of people out there that are ready to rock. We’ve got a lot of pent-up energy so when we do make it back out it’s going to be insane.”
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