Far From Ruin
Regina’s newest hardcore band already creating a stir
by Kent Farago
“We feel very, very privileged.”
That is all Far From Ruin guitarist Murray Webb can say when asked how they feel about their slot on the Raised Fist show that is coming to the Riddell Centre multipurpose room on October 17.
“[Promoter] Chris [Tessmer] basically came up to us and said ‘Do you guys like Raised Fist?’ We were like ‘yeah’ and then he said ‘wanna play with them?’ and we were like, ‘sure.’ It was just that easy,” says drummer Andrew Shanks.
Despite the excitement, the Raised Fist show won’t be Far From Ruin’s first major show. In fact, their first show ever was held in front of a sell-out crowd for the Valentines Day Massacre concert at The Exchange last year.
“I was nervous, but it was really exciting,” says vocalist Will Bratt.
“Just as we walked onto the stage all of our nervousness just disappeared and we got into it, leaving us in a state of ‘Wow’” says Far From Ruin’s other guitarist, George Radutu.
Far From Ruin is one of Regina's few hardcore bands formed out of the ashes of Shattered Silence, a politically motivated hardcore band.
Even though they have only been around for a little over a year they have already caused a big buzz around the local punk and hardcore scene due to their energetic live performances, incredibly tight instrumental section and their sheer passion for the music.
“We are not settling for music that is just alright. We want to find something that really works well. [In Shattered Silence] we would settle for anything that worked,” says Webb, recalling his days in Shattered Silence. “Once we crossed that one year mark we got so much more solid. The stuff that we are writing now is so different from what we wrote before, we had more direction in early Far From Ruin than we did in late Shattered Silence. Hopefully this growth keeps happening,” adds Bratt.
When asked about what the band hopes to achieve in the oncoming years, the members are quick to agree that they will want to cut a demo album. “We want to do an independent recording and just get our sound out there. Hopefully when we have more money we will be able to record something. Right now we are kind of broke because we bought a bunch of t-shirts, but once we sell those off, the money left over will go into recording a demo,” says Bratt.
Make sure you go check out Far From Ruin when they open for Raised Fist on October 17th. While you are at it pick up one of their t-shirts; if they sell enough they can finally cut a demo record.