Interview with Chad Kowal of Farewell, My Love

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Perhaps it is the hot summer heat that makes us all a little 'crazy baby,' but that craziness is the key to pushing Farewell, My Love on as they have now released their latest studio album, Above It All, on their own record label CRCL Records. Farewell, My Love came from the dust and heat of Phoenix, Arizona back in 2011 and as they came onto the scene, they carried a dark goth presence alongside their music. With a few lineup changes along the way, the two original founding members, Chad Kowal and Robby Creasey, have found that it is their music they want to be known for more so than their makeup, hair and theatrics. Even though the theatrical side of video production is still pumping its wicked pisser pulse, it now elevates their music and lifts it forward as the visuals are the foundational tie-in they have been looking for all this time. 

The band mates mix is right, the music is tight, and the video work being produced is righteously lit. Now just catch their stage performance, as they are on tour and you have the whole F,ML screaming YES! in your sights. These boys are Farewell, My Love and the sounds coming from their album, Above It All, will have you hooked from the start. Lyrics and riffs that keep you coming back in for more!

Charlee Conley and Chad Kowal of Farewell, My Love PC: CowGirlZen Photography

BANGS!: It almost seems there is a split dichotomy to Farewell, My Love.  A band that formed in 2011, right?

Chad Kowal: Yes, we formed in 2011 and we have gone through some changes since then. But we feel like we are in the best place we've ever been now. 

BANGS!: There have been the stalwart fans since the first EP, A Dance You Won't Forget, and there are new 'F,MLers' still streaming in. Yet, as we look at the beginning, the band's middle, and up until this latest album release, there has been a shift in writing style and projection of stage presence. Hasn't there? 

Chad Kowal: There have definitely been some pretty major changes to the band since we formed. Most of it being our image and lineup. Like anything else, it's a process of trial and error to figure out which things work well for you and which things don't. 


BANGS!: Band lineup changes are inevitable and all a part of growth, especially when we survive them. As for you, Chad, and Robby are the only two original members of F,ML, what has kept your focus on this drive you've been given?

Chad Kowal: I think what we have together as a writing/creative team is unstoppable and truly special. We both have our eyes set on our goals and will stop at nothing. 

BANGS!: Taking from your experiences along the way and learning is paramount to our own growth. This last studio album, Above It All, is your first album under your own label. What did Farewell, My Love bring with them and what do you think you all tossed aside in creating this album?

Chad Kowal: We learned very fast that when we have the chance to be 100% hands on that we create our best music. Working with our producer Dan Parker on this album was eye opening and such a blast! 

BANGS!: Having left Standby Records, can you share some insight on what you learned being under a label and how you have developed your own?  

Chad Kowal: We learned about all the hard work that goes into each branch of a label. We knew though that if the time ever came that we would start our own label, we would be sure to learn all aspects. And we certainly have by creating CRCL this year. 

BANGS!: I am sure the label is still under development even at this moment. Any future plans to involve other independent-minded bands to come under the label?

Chad Kowal: That's absolutely the goal! We want to get our band to a point where we have enough resources and connections to help other artists achieve their dreams. 

BANGS!: Describe, if you would, what a successful label to a band looks and feels like.  

Chad Kowal: A successful label, to me, is one that isn't one-sided. They care for their artists just as much as they care to make money themselves. We want to create a home for bands who don't exactly fit the mold of today's common music scene. 

BANGS!: You have toured alongside some goth punks, post-hardcore, electronic pop, emo types of bands. Where do you feel F,ML belongs today in all of these categories? 

Chad Kowal: I feel like we have always been a midpoint. We've never really fit perfect in any single genre, but that was always the point. 

BANGS!: The group as a whole has a mindset. Farewell, My Love obviously had one when it all began. Has the defining become clearer to especially you, Chad, since those early days?

Chad Kowal: Yes, definitely. It's all a learning process and I think we are always trying to use each day to its fullest potential. 

BANGS!: As the darker imagery of what early Farewell, My Love has given way, how comfortable were all of you when it was time to step away from more of that theatrical imagery on stage and change the stage imagery to more of what it is currently?

Chad Kowal: It just felt like it was time for something new, honestly. We had been doing the darker image for years and it seemed to speak for the band far more than for our songs.

Although that was never the intention, we never want our music to take the backseat. 

BANGS!: How did the addition of London McKuffey on guitar and Tyler Blinn filling in as drummer come about for this tour? I understand that London came in by way of a mutual relationship with Chris Biersack.  What is the connection between all of you and Chris?  

Chad Kowal: We met Chris Biersack at one of our shows years ago and we've been great friends ever since. When we were looking for a guitar player, he suggested London because he had seen him do some really great Black Veil Brides covers. We tried him out and he blew us away so we decided to make him an official member. Tyler Blinn is actually a friend of ours filling in on drums, not an official member of the band. 

BANGS!: What do you feel London has brought to F,ML?

Chad Kowal: He brings the dedication, fire, and passion to a band where each member has those same traits. It's a very productive and driven lineup now. 

BANGS!: Chad, how are you feeling about stepping into the lead front vocal person role? Is it one you are working on getting comfortable with still or has it been no big deal?  (It just seems as a drummer you are often the one 'behind' the rest of the band... Having to be at the front must be somewhat of a mind game change).

Chad Kowal: It initially was a challenge to figure out how to express myself best, but I feel like every show we play brings me closer to defining it. 

BANGS!:  November 22nd I believe ends this leg of your tour in Colorado, just in time for the holiday season. What do you personally see for 2017 for Farewell, My Love?

Chad Kowal: More shows, more videos & more everything! Stay tuned. F,ML 2017.

London McKuffy of Farewell, My Love PC: CowGirlZen Photography



Farewell, My Love Social Media Connections: 

http://FMLofficial.com
http://CRCLRecords.com

The New Album 'Above It All' from Farewell, My Love out now! 

Physical Copy: http://crclshop.bigcartel.com/
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/AboveItAll
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/AboveItAllAmazon

Animation by Zack Williams 
http://zwmultimedia.com/

Robby Creasey of Farewell, My Love PC: CowGirlZen Photography


"Inside My Nightmare"


Farewell, My Love - Inside a Nightmare (Official Music Video)
Copyright © 2016 CRCL Records


LYRICS:
I'm trapped inside, inside these evil eyes (let me out) 
And I can't seem to recognize myself

The angels on my shoulder sing "take my hand eternally" 
But the devils on my shoulder scream "give to me your everything" 

Runnin' away, my mind is runnin' away 
It's not livin' but it's the life inside a nightmare 

Runnin' away, my mind is runnin' away 
It's not livin' but it's the life inside a nightmare 

Woah, woah, woah 

I'm trapped behind, behind these twisted eyes (let me out) 
With crazy schemes to tear apart myself

The devils on my shoulder sing "take my hand eternally"
But the angels on my shoulder scream "throw away your everything" 

Runnin' away, my mind is runnin' away 
It's not livin' but it's the life inside a nightmare 

Runnin' away, my mind is runnin' away 
It's not livin' but it's the life inside a nightmare 

Come along with me, it's not make believe 
A world where life ceases to be 

The sky is red, the bells, they chime when you're dead
Closed eyes, so come dance with me 

Runnin' away, my mind is runnin' away 
It's not livin' but it's the life inside a nightmare 

Runnin' away, my mind is runnin' away 
It's not livin' but it's the life inside a nightmare 

Woah, woah, woah

The sky is red, the bells, they chime when you're dead
Closed eyes, so come dance with me 

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