A farewell to A Fir-Ju Well
Today, C&T features a guest post by Paulie from Inside the Perimeter. While Paulie maintains his own fine Atlanta blog, I asked him to write something to commemorate the final show of local stalwarts A Fir-Ju Well. They're playing their final gig this Saturday night at The EARL (with support from Sovus Radio and Explorers Club). This one will sell out, so I suggest buying tix in advance if you plan to go (click on the monkey at The EARL's site). On to Paulie's post...
It's been a little over a year since I started my crusade to tell people that A Fir-Ju Well was Atlanta's best "local" band since Dayroom. When I'd tell people about the band, they immediately had a sense of familiarity but didn't know why; perhaps A Fir-Ju Well's viral marketing scheme was the reason:
I saw A Fir-Ju Well at least three times in 2005, any more and I feared that would be deemed a stalker and issued a restraining order. I will be seeing A Fir-Ju Well for the first time this year on July 1st at The Earl and it's a good thing because this show will be their final effort.
In the past I've likened A Fir-Ju Well's live performances to (pardon my lack of PC'ness here) a Chinese fire drill; they were playing a public game of musical chairs. My only beef with their live shows was that I thought that the sets were too short and I always left wanting more.
In the five-year history of the band, brothers Nick and Peter Furgiuele, Pete DeLorenzo, and Matt McCalvin have managed to produce an EP (The Dangerous Life of Insects) and two LPs (2003's El Torero and 2004's Absolutely). These records contained the type of jangly, psychedelic, almost-jam-session indie rock that I've come to know as "their sound." I will never say that A Fir-Ju Well was the greatest band to take the stage, but I will say that I will miss their music greatly.
A Fir-Ju Well - Overfed
A Fir-Ju Well - No Man
You can purchase A Fir-Ju Well's Absolutely from International Hits.
I bid you a fond farewell A Fir-Ju Well...