Bad Paintings is excited to announce the release of Where Were You Then?, a compilation of 13 tracks from 90s LA indie rock band Further
Though their legacy has remained as obscure as their records, they released on Creation,Fierce Panda and numerous US labels, as well as sharing bills with everyone from the likes of Pavement, Beck, Sebadoh, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Royal Trux, Archers of Loaf and Codeine. Founding members the Rademaker brothers also later went on to form Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde.
Handpicked by Bad Paintings and whittled down from 60 tracks, the Where Were You Then? compilation is made up of the best of the singles, all remastered from the original vinyl. Listen to comp cut ‘California Bummer’
Overdosing on weed, surfing and Dinosaur Jr’s “You’re Living All Over Me,” Further was started by four guys half outta spite and half outta their minds. Formed by The Rademaker brothers (now the driving forces behind Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde) along with drummer Kevin Fitzgerald, they recruited a young San Gabriel valley guitarist named Josh Schwartz and flat out turned down major label offers, opting to release their debut 7″ Filling Station on Bongload Records (home of Beck’s Loser 12”).
For their next release, the band and good friend and filmmaker Darren J Lavett started Christmas Records. The band impressed Alan McGee with their “fuck it” attitude and signed on to the Creation Records’ umbrella label, Ball Product, to issue their next LP in the UK.
The record wound up receiving a recording BBC Session with the legendary John Peel.
The highlight of Further’s touring came when Lou Barlow and Sebadoh took the band out on tour just to spite Lou’s ex-bandmate J Mascis. Further had a knack of exploding intoDinosaur Jr’s sonic territory, and at the time Lou believed it would get J’s goat to have them out as his support act. Even when asked by the NME if he had anything to say to J Mascis, Lou smugly replied “ever heard Further?”
After splitting up, the Rademaker brothers along with Josh went on to form the now legendary bands, Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde, respectively and Kevin Fitzgerald went on to become the drummer for the Circle Jerks.Where Were You Then? chronologically compiles the best of Further’s singles, and gives us chance to look back at a band that cared enough not to sell indie rock down the river, and didn’t care enough to bring a paddle.
1. Filing Station
2. Over And Out
3. Generic 7
4. She Lives By The Castle 2
5. Surfing Pointers
6. Califirnia Bummer
7. Quiet Riot Grrrl
8. Springfiled Mods
9. Spheres of Influence
10. Wett Katt
11. I Wanna Be A Stranger
12. Be That As It May
13. Grandview Skyline