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Album Review

Farside's third album The Monroe Doctrine features 17 eclectic, punk-tinged tracks. Straight-ahead rockers like the opening track "Better Than Crying" mix with power pop, ballads, and grindcore for the group's most varied and accomplished work. The album also includes "Moral Straightjacket," "The Lonesome Ballad of El Bobo the Cranky," and "Liz Hurley." Though punk is still their touchstone, Farside's expanding musical reach is admirable.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The Orange County, CA punk band Farside formed in 1989, comprising frontman Popeye, guitarist Kevin Murphy, bassist Brian Chu and drummer Bob Beshear. Upon landing a deal with Revelation Records, the quartet issued their debut Rochambeau in 1992, followed a year later by Rigged; in the wake of a self-titled 1995 EP Farside was largely...
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