Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina

  • Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina
  • Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina

US post-punk / post-rock legends!

Chris Brokaw was a founding member of Codeine, the band that kicked off the Slowcore scene in the late 80’s. He left Codeine to form Come with Thalia Zedek. He now drums in The New Year, and plays guitar for Thurston Moore, Evan Dando and a wealth of other high achieving acts. His recent solo LP ‘Incredible Love’ is a genuine lost classic – little known, but loved by everyone who owns it.

Geoff Farina is best known for his 12 years with Karate, a band whose early records were clearly influenced by Brokaw’s Codeine. Farina’s charismatic voice, and versatile guitar playing are also heard on a number of excellent solo albums, and as one-half of Secret Stars, the seminal early-90s duo that passed around home-made cassettes of songs now covered by the likes of Ida and Death Cab for Cutie. He now fronts Glorytellers.

Chris and Geoff met within the small Boston music scene, when Geoff used to go see Codeine and Come play. They once played in a band together called Back Knife Spot way back in 1988.

Chris Brokaw: “A few years ago, Geoff and I were approached by a midwest hardcore label and asked to do a split LP. we asked them if it would be okay for us to do a project together, instead, and they said that that was fine. I invited Geoff over to my house to do some playing – having no idea what we’d play; I had no new songs at the time. Geoff walked into my bedroom, saw a Blind Blake boxset on a shelf and said, “Do you listen to that stuff?” I said “Yes, i do” and he said “That’s all I’ve been listening to lately”. So we sat down and played a few Blind Blake songs, and some Reverend Gary Davis songs, and within half an hour we’d decided that that’s what this record should be.”

They went on to record  ‘The Angel’s Message to Me‘, their first studio collaboration as a duo and toured together in 2009. They released a second album, a limited edition tour CD ‘The Boarder’s Door’ in conjunction with an extensive tour across Europe in late 2010.


RECENT PRESS
BBC 6Music (Tom Ravenscroft): “wonderful, wonderful, wonderful record… it’s pretty enough to drive you mad”
Sunday Times (Stewart Lee): “admirable levels of consummate artistry, good taste and obvious musical chemistry… feels like the duo just struck up in the corner at the tail end of the perfect party.”
Delusions of Adequacy: “a wholly pleasant and relaxing respite from the norm”
God Is In The TV: “laidback and beguiling… a beautifully slight release from two incendiary figures of the early-mid-nineties post-rock scene, a clear product of love and passion without pretension.”
MOWNO (France): “une rivière qui coule paisiblement, une invitation à se poser quelques instants hors du temps” ((Like) a river flowing peacefully, an invitation asking (you to take) a few moments out of time”)
Soundslike (NL) “Leapfrogging intrusmentals with honest, crystal clear interpretations”
Organ “Simple clean cut songs, leaves, pages, words as refreshment, simple, clean cut, life is easy really, uncomplicated clutter-free songs, words, tunes, acoustic guitars and voices. Simple things, yellow cotton, warm weather, sprints from school. Just a beautifully simple album.”
Popmatters “in the hands of such innovative musicians, it’s easy to see why even the humblest of these songs has stuck around for so long”
Blurt “the ability to combine passion and understatement”
Pennyblackmusic “Brokaw and Farina really do breathe new life into each and every track.”
402 Productions “Brokaw and Farina have had their time to shine and now they have their time to inspire. I believe they are doing it very well.”
Rockfeedback “the playing is exceptional, and it is a credit to the both players that they have managed to cover these songs in their own style while remaining true to the original.”
Subba-cultcha “improvised, unplanned and just plain natural”
The Quietus “strikes between deep emotional investment in its makers’ craft, and punting said craft out there with blithe insouciance”

SHOWS

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12 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Leipzig Conne Island DE
11 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Berlin Madame Claude DE
10 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Cologne King Georg DE
09 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Liege Cercle de Laveu BE
06 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Frankfurt Ponyhof DE
05 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Fulda Kulturkeller DE
03 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Freiberg Swamp DE
02 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Nurnberg K4 DE
01 Nov 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Lyon Switch FR
31 Oct 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Vic Jazz Cava ES
30 Oct 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Barcelona Moog ES
29 Oct 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Bilbao Azkena ES
28 Oct 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Oviedo La Antigua Estacion ES
27 Oct 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Vigo Mondo Club ES
26 Oct 2011 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Seville Teatro Central ES
11 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Tunbridge Wells The Forum UK
10 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in London Southbank Centre (Forum) UK
09 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Stoke-on-Trent Harry’s Bar UK
08 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Bishop’s Castle Town Hall UK
07 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Liverpool Don’t Drop The Dumbells UK
06 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in York Duchess Of York UK
05 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Edinburgh Electric Circus UK
04 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Glasgow 13th Note UK
03 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Berwick on Tweed The Barrels Alehouse UK
02 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Nottingham Spanky Van Dyke’s UK
01 Dec 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Coventry Tin Alley UK
30 Nov 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Kingston Fighting Cocks UK
29 Nov 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in London The Windmill UK
28 Nov 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Leicester The Musician UK
27 Nov 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in London The Luminaire UK
04 Nov 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Colmar Le Colisee FR
03 Nov 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Trier Ex Haus DE
02 Nov 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Karlsruhe Jubez DE
01 Nov 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Geel De Firma BE
30 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Malmo Debaser DE
29 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Copenhagen Lades SE
28 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Hamburg Zentrale DK
27 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Leipzig Paris Syndrome DE
26 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Berlin Madame Claude DE
25 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Dresden Groovestation DE
24 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Wolow Wok DE
23 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Prague 007′ CZ
21 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Zagreb Sc Teatar + TD CR
20 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Conegliano Veneto Radio Golden IT
19 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Rome Init IT
18 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Bologna Unhip Records IT
17 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Firenze Sala Vanni IT
16 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Varese Twiggy IT
15 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Lausanne Bleu Lizard CH
14 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Lyon Grrrnd Zero FR
13 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Barcelona Sidecar ES
11 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Madrid Nasti ES
10 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Sant Feliu PIJ ES
09 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Terragona La Vaqueria ES
08 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Elche L’Escorxador ES
07 Oct 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Vitoria Gora Taberna ES
26 Jun 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Rome Init IT
25 Jun 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Vasto House Show IT
24 Jun 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Brescia Vinile 45 IT
23 Jun 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Vittorio Veneto Bianconiglio IT
22 Jun 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Senigallia Garbin IT
21 Jun 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Faenza Clandestino IT
20 Jun 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Bologna Piazza Verdi IT
19 Jun 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Turin OK Fest IT
28 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Brighton Freebutt UK
27 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Cardiff Buffalo Bar UK
26 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in London The Luminaire UK
25 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Leicester Firebug UK
24 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Birmingham Hare and Hounds UK
23 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Leeds The Library UK
22 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Cambridge The Portland Arms UK
20 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Liverpool Zanzibar UK
19 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in Nottingham Lee Rosy’s Tee Rooms UK
18 Mar 2010 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina in London Barden’s Boudoir UK