Further Seems Forever
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Hide Nothing

How To Start A Fire
HOME TOWN: Pompano Beach, FL
Jon Bunch (vocals)
Josh Colbert (guitar)
Derick Cordoba (guitar)
Chad Neptune (bass)
Steve Kleisath (drums)

Passion. It’s not only the reason so many musicians strive to make a career of their art, but it’s the inherent drive to keep aspirations alive and running. It’s what pushes a band through the loss of two separate singers and on to a third with hopeful optimism. It’s the ingredient that views skeptics as motivation and trials as inspiration. And ultimately, it’s what has set Further Seems Forever apart from the pack. For a band constantly tested by obstacles, this devotion is what has led them through their six-year existence. Begun in their hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida, the group was formed fusing the intense and intricate stylings of hardcore (crafted so skillfully by these former Strongarm and Shai Hulud members) with delicate melodies, creating a grand juxtaposition of sound that flows naturally. Though their sound and quality for musical composition have remained consistent over the years, one thing that has been anything but is the band’s front-man position. In their impressive and critically acclaimed debut release, “The Moon is Down,”the band featured Chris Carrabba on vocals. But that line-up quickly altered with Carrabba departed to pursue his solo career, Dashboard Confessional, full-time. A skeptical audience soon watched Jason Gleason step in to the role with a vengeance for the band’s follow-up sophomore release, “How to Start a Fire.”Whereas Carrabba’s vocals showcased the frailty and vulnerability of human emotion, Gleason’s more intense style, combined with the band’s continuing evolution, led listeners through a confection of aggressions, victories, and defeats equally as emphatic as delicate when set to music. But just as fans were growing accustomed to the member change and Further Seems Forever’s third release was entering the preliminary stages of recording, Gleason announced he too would be departing the group. Stirring up controversial posts online, it seemed every FSF fan was choosing a side while the remaining members were contemplating their decision to continue on as a group. “I think we stayed together because the music that is created by the rest of us is as much at the forefont of this band as the vocals are,” explains FSF drummer Steve Kleisath of their decision to continue. “As long as we keep pushing our limits and progress in the writing of the music, then why should we call it quits because somebody else didn’t want to be a team player with us?” It was at the coaxing of their road manager that Jon Bunch entered the picture. Bunch, whose own renowned band, Sense Field had just disbanded after a career of over 10 years, was suddenly without a band for the first time since he was 15 years old. But it was his experience that created the seamless transition into his new vocal position. “I would have to say it was all the years writing and playing music that prepared me for this record and this band,” Bunch comments. “Of course I’m hoping FSF fans accept me, but I’ll have to let the music speak for itself at this point. Judging from the emails from the fans, they are just so happy the band decided to continue and they want to be supportive which made me feel accepted from day one.” With a fusion more natural than the band has ever previously encountered, fans will get the chance to hear the collaboration of these groundbreaking musicians as one in their August 24th release, “Hide Nothing.” Rejuvenating both parties through its conception, the group now displays their passion through the album’s 10 tracks of compelling rock. “I think our sound has definitely evolved into what we always wanted it to be,” Kleisath elaborates, “and that is great melodic music with variety. Jon is the icing on the cake to say the least.”