Far From Saints, a new band featuring Kelly Jones of Stereophonics with Patty Lynn & Dwight Baker from The Wind and The Wave, instantly enamoured audiences with their debut track ‘Let’s Turn This Back Around’, which received its first play from Bob Harris at BBC Radio 2 and was named as Jo Whiley’s Infatuation before being added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist. Its impact was reiterated when Far From Saints’ headline show at London’s EartH Theatre on June 5th sold out within two hours.
After ‘Let’s Turn This Back Around’ established anticipation for more from the band, Far From Saints can now confirm that their self-titled debut album will be released on 16th June 2023, available on CD, LP and digital formats.
The album is announced alongside the new track ‘Take It Through The Night’. Watch the lyric video BELOW:
Taking in elements of country, rock, folk, soul and Americana, Far From Saints’ debut album is an indelible set of ten expertly crafted songs that touch on themes of love, perseverance, self-doubt and self-healing. It’s a record that, much like the band itself, was created through an unadulterated love of music and collaboration and, as a result, is honest, real and brimming with integrity. Far From Saints have crafted a record that vibrates with intensity, anchored by Kelly and Patty’s striking and magnetic vocal connection, and further elevated by their songwriting with Dwight.
As Patty says, “It’s an album and it’s meant to be listened to from start to finish. That’s what I’d like for people to do. Listen to the whole thing and see it as a complete work on its own.”
On new track ‘Take It Through The Night’, Patty’s yearning, longing vocal provides echoes of the haunting melody and emotional resonance of Fleetwood Mac, while Kelly and Dwight’s layered wall-of-sound guitars possess both the squalling slide of timeless Southern rock and a lurching intensity which recalls Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’. The song was written and produced by Far From Saints, with mixing courtesy of the Grammy-nominated Al Clay (Blur, Pixies).
Kelly recalls, “Patty wrote the whole ‘Take It Through The Night’ lyric herself. I had a tiny part of a blues riff and Dwight ran away with it and turned the chorus into a bit of an Eagles and Joe Walsh vibe. We were just in full-on guitar mode. We were trying to make an Allman Brothers record with that one.”
Although they had first toured together in 2013, it was in 2019 when the musical magnetism between the three musicians became too strong to ignore as The Wind and The Wave supported Kelly during his solo tour. They started by covering Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty’s ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’, which went down a storm each night. In backstage hallways, dressing rooms, and hotels, Kelly, Patty and Dwight went on to trade musical touchstones, talk influences and harmonise together. Soon, they were writing songs too and committed to working on a project together. They booked two sessions - one at the end of each leg of the tour - and completed the debut album in just nine days.
Far From Saints will make their live debut later this month with a newly-announced warm-up show at London’s Oslo ahead of Roger Daltrey’s Teenage Cancer Trust gala at the Royal Albert Hall on March 26th. They will then follow their sold-out June 5th headline show at London’s EartH Theatre by supporting Kings Of Leon at their two headline shows at Wrexham FC on May 27th and 28th. The band then play three outdoor shows as special guests to Paul Weller, as well as Black Deer Festival in June with further shows to be announced soon.
25th - London, Oslo (warm-up show)
26th - London, Royal Albert Hall (Teenage Cancer Trust gala with Roger Daltrey)
27th – Wrexham FC – (Kings Of Leon support)
28th – Wrexham FC – (Kings Of Leon Support)
5th - London, EartH Theatre (headline show - SOLD-OUT)
8th - Westonbirt Arboretum (special guests to Paul Weller)
9th - Cannock Chase Forest (special guests to Paul Weller)
16th-18th - Black Deer Festival
17th - Thetford Forest (special guests to Paul Weller)
Far From Saints - ‘Far From Saints’ Album Tracklisting;
Faded Black Tattoo
Take It Through The Night
Let’s Turn This Back Around
Gonna Find What’s Killing Me
We Won’t Get Out Alive
No Fool Like An Old Fool
Let The Light Shine Over You