The Far East have come to rain all over your party – and you won’t even mind.
Drop the needle on the latest 7-inch from the Brooklyn-based five piece and groove out to the ferociously moody single “Rain on My Party” as an early summer rain pounds your windowpane. This is new lovers rock, done with a ‘60s twist that’s anything but a throwback. The vocals of Maddie Ruthless glide over a gently grooving organ, which add a saccharine tinge to a message of dubby heartbreak.
Taking a cue from the Shangri-Las, the singer-guitarist laments a lost lover over swinging, punchy background vocals before the band drops out and Ruthless turns up the melodrama. Channeling Mary Weiss, she sings “I climb the stairs I lock the door, alone again. And no one can hear me cry. No one.”
By the end of the song, we can’t tell if Ruthless still wants her lover back or if they’ve been banished forever. But like the arrangement itself, it’s likely she’s fallen into a steady sway with the person who was too late to the party.
The flip, a rootsy “Far East Ride,” hits hard with dubbed-out guitar and bass that compliments Ruthless’ sweet vocals. The song feels like a tougher, more contemplative response to “Rain On My Party,” though the lyrical content might be a bit washed out under the heaviness of the production. As a whole, the tune remains true to roots style.
Produced by Channel Tubes’ label owner Brett Tubin, both tracks have a distinctly New York sound that evokes Daptone Records’ The Frightnrs but wouldn’t be out of place next to ‘80s classics. The 7-inch will also be featured on a forthcoming Channel Tubes showcase LP, which will have New York and Jamaican artists such as Willow Wilson and Rocker-T singing over Far East riddims.
The Far East’s latest shows the band’s continued evolution from its punk rock roots to NYC reggae present, where they’ve supported The Specials and opened for The Wailers, The Skints and several Daptone family groups.
The Far East will celebrate the release of their single on Saturday, June 9 in Bushwick alongside locals Boomshot! and Top Shotta Band with selections by Grace of Spades. Entry is $10 at the door.