We had the amazing opportunity to play a benefit show last week for an amazing organization called La Casa de Mi Padre in El Salvador. This organization helps out kids coming from bad situations and literally redirect the course of their lives. We were honored to be asked to play and help raise money to support the cause.
The link included in this entry is for the La Casa Facebook page. Please take a second to check them out, LIKE them, and maybe even help support them financially.
Before Ferrier made the journey into iTunes and other digital media stores such as Amazon, we made our first internet appearance on a site called Bandcamp.
This site is an amazing tool for independent artists such as Ferrier- it gives us an outlet to release music and keeps a much lower percentage of sales than other music stores. It also allows fans the ability to stream a complete album FOR FREE before making a purchase. Pretty unbelievable.
We released our EP (short album) called AN ECHO in 2010 exclusively on Bandcamp. To this day, you can still only stream and purchase this four song debut on this website. So if you want to look at Ferrier’s baby pictures, go listen to this EP to get the full view of Ferrier in it’s infancy.
Earlier this year, we released our first full LP (long album) called WALLS AND SHADOWS. Even though we released this album on every digital music store we could find, we felt it right to stick with out old faithful and release this on Bandcamp as well.
So go check out this awesome site. Listen to our music. Buy our music. Search for some good other music from other independent artists too. We promise it’s a good time.
We are so honored to have our song “Go On, Get Out of My Head” used in a promo video by Journey’s Shoes for the TOMS “One Day Without Shoes” campaign. Check out the video to see how the good people at Journey’s helped promote this amazing cause.
We recently released 3 video interviews for songs off our debut record WALLS AND SHADOWS. We are so proud of these songs and are happy to give you a behind the scenes look into our process. We have one more video in this series to be released next Monday April 9.
As the keynote speaker at this year’s SxSW, Bruce Springsteen gave a brilliantly concise history of pop music: what it is, where it’s been, where it’s heading, and most of all, why it’s important. Citing everyone from Woody Guthrie to Public Enemy, he eloquently and humorously reminded those in attendance why music moves people. It’s worth a listen.
(*NOTE: to play the audio associated with this post, click the “Posted X hours/days ago” link at the bottom of this text field. You will be directed to a full-page post with an audio clip. Take the time to do it- it’s awesome.)
Given that we, the boys of Ferrier, love making sounds so much that we name songs and blogs after the process, I figured I’d post a little insight into how some of our sounds get made.
One of my favorite sounds on Walls and Shadows appears in the opening track (You I’m Running From), and was actually created from the very first sounds you hear on the record, the electric guitars of Mr. Will Harrison. As I was looking for a specific sound to appear in the bridge of the song, I decided to sample Will’s opening guitar melody and manipulate it Ableton Live, one of the most amazing sound creation tools I’ve ever seen, and my go-to application for music-making. By slicing the guitar signal into 16th-note fragments, then adding a chain of effects, then playing patterns of slices using a MIDI controller, a sound began to emerge that seemed just right for the bridge, and it ended up making its way into the second verse and the last chord of the song as well.
Take a listen to hear the progression of the sound from guitar riff to finished track. Enjoy! - Jason
Our debut full-length album “Walls and Shadows” was released last week. But what happened in Ferrier before this record? Well wouldn’t you like to know?!?
Check out the above link to Bandcamp to buy our 2010 EP called “An Echo”. It features 3 tunes not on W&S and even has an early version of “I’m Sorry”. These tunes are only available on this site for a limited time, so get it while you can!!!
We shot a video today for our upcoming CD release show next week. It took about 3 minutes to shoot. It would have taken 20 seconds but we kept laughing. And “we” includes our videographer/video editor for the bit.
Special thanks to Buddy the Dog for being such a good sport about the whole thing. He is a total pro.
We live in a city of “hits.” A city that bases success on radio spins and record sales. I’ll agree that there’s a degree of success based on that. It does seem a lot of times that maybe that’s all that matters now though. Even to us, the ones who claim to be above that. There’s a strange line between making it and selling out. Do they go together? Is selling out the worst thing in the world?
As a member of my band Ferrier, I’ve found a different perspective. I’ve never had as much fun making music as I do with them. I’ve never gotten as much fulfillment out of creating and performing as I’ve been able to receive every time we pick up our instruments. There’s something to be said for that.
Our ultimate goal, I would agree, is to find a way to make enough money as a group that our daily job becomes picking up those instruments together. However, I believe we’ve come to a place of peace knowing that not only our talents are a gift to be used responsibly, but so is this special grouping. I would love get in my car and hear one of our songs filling the radio waves. I would love to turn on Grey’s Anatomy and hear a mood created by Ferrier. But this peace that we’ve found has allowed us to create without stipulation. It’s why the independent label has become so popular. We want to create and then share that creation; not have that creation twisted and reshaped by what an executive thinks should happen.
We’re in the process of cutting a record that we can’t wait for you to hear. The best part is that we’re cutting it without stipulations. We’re cutting it with the only concern being what we want to express to you. There is no worry of radio play or record sales. We sincerely want you to join in on the experience with us. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the pictures we’re painting.
Several shows coming up in the next month. Details:
-August 31 atThe Rutledge, Nashville, Tn: Ok so this show is technically in the past but I couldn’t help but mention it. Played with our friends Boot Hill & the Paramount Ship and Heather Bond. Thanks to everyone who came out. We had an incredible time!!
-September 13 at 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, Tn: Headlining show with Rob Blackledge, Heather Bond, and Reed Pittman all on the bill. $5, show starts at 8pm, we should start about 9 or so.
-September 30 at 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, Tn: details soon!
Amazing rehearsal yesterday preparing for some shows in the next few weeks. We’ve been working up several new songs which have never been played live… “Killer”… “Don’t You Go Quickly”… “The Bests, The Worsts, I Miss You”… excited about each one of them to be birthed into the musical family of Ferrier.
We have started a YouTube channel to post videos from our live shows and other music related stuff we think is interesting, hilarious, or hopefully both.
The first video we are posting is Jordan’s son Eli signing “Uprising” by Muse. Unprompted, Eli began singing along with this song in the car one day. A few days later a similar event was captured on tape and is now available for the world to see. (Note: Eli turned 2 years old the week this video was taken. The kid has skills.)
The first Ferrier show in a long time went down last Wednesday June 16. We opened for Allie Hays in support of the release of her new EP, “The Inside”. Check it out at www.alliehays.bandcamp.com. This EP was produced by Jason and Jordan and featured their playing on the record, as well as Will.
Allie is a great friend of ours and we were honored to get the opening slot for this show. 3 of the Ferriers also backed Allie in her set, so the evening was definitely Ferrier-saturated.