JASON FARRELL
May 21st, 2013 by Tim
JASON WITH SWIZ, 1988

JASON WITH SWIZ, 1988

Jason Farrell, a guy that needs little introduction. Everything he does, he does well… really well. Whether he’s writing, recording and playing music, riding a skateboard, designing a record, directing videos, creating art, or whatever, the list just goes on. Bottom line, the guy is a true talent and we’re more than stoked to have him on board for an interview.

Simultaneously, as this interview is dropping, Jason’s latest band, Red Hare are smack dab in the middle of a tour and their album, “Nites Of Midnite” was released today. We’ve been trying to keep the readers here up to date with everything Red Hare related, so it should be no surprise that we highly recommend you snatching up a copy of “Nites Of Midnite” and check Red Hare out if they’re rolling through your town. Stay tuned for more to come. -Tim DCXX

JASON FARRELL, 1991

JASON FARRELL, 1991

Can you give everyone a discography/timeline of sorts of all the music you’ve done over the years.

Bells Of: 1985-present
http://bellsof.com/
Guitar / Bass from 1985-86
7-song lost album (soon to be released)
4 song demo 1986

Swiz: 1987-1990
www.jadetree.com/bands/artist/swiz
Guitar
“Down” (4-song 7″ self-released on Hellfire records, 11.87)
S/T   (8-song 12″ on Sammich Records, mid/late 1988)
“Hell Yes I Cheated” (12 song 12″ recorded summer ’89, released on Sammich records, late 1989/90-ish)
“With Dave” (4 song 7″ recorded summer 1990, released on Jade tree in ’92)
“Rejects” (2 song 7″ recorded during “Down” sessions 1987, released by THD records in ’92)
“No Punches Pulled” (complete discography CD released in 1992 on Jade Tree)
“With Ramsey” (6 song demo, recorded spring 1987, released as digital download thru jadetree.com)
“No Punches…” remastered (3xLP box set plus unreleased bonus 7″, to be released in 2013)

SWIZ-cover

Fury: 1988-1989
www.jadetree.com/bands/artist/fury
Guitar
“Resurrection” (6 song 7″ recorded summer ’89, released by THD in 1992, re-released on CD by Jadetree 2000)

Black Top (DC): 1991-1994
Guitar
some demos recorded

Dolemite: 1994
Guitar
short-lived side project with Sergio Vega: bass / Alan Cage: drums / Chaka Malik: vox, 4 song demo recorded

Bluetip: 1995-2001
www.dischord.com/band/bluetip
Guitar and Vocals
“Ohio” (2 song 7″ Hellfire/Dischord split 1995)
“Dischord no. 101″ (13 song album, Dischord, 1996)
“Join Us” (2 song 7″, Dischord, 1998)
“Touring Japan” (2 songs on 4-band split, Time Bomb recordings, 1998)
split 7″ with NRA (1 song, Bcore records 1998)
“Hot Fast Union (5-song ep Slowdime/Dischord split 2000)
“Polymer” (10 song album, Dischord, 2000)
“P.M.A. (Post Mortem Anthem)” (10 song collection, 2001)

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Sweetbelly Freakdown (Swiz reunited): 1997-?
www.jadetree.com/bands/artist/sweetbelly_freakdown
S/T album and 7″ (8 songs on Jadetree, 1998)
“Touring Japan” (2 songs on 4-band split, Time Bomb recordings, 1998)
3 songs (title / format / label / release date TBD)

Retisonic: 2002-
www.retisonic.com/
“Lean Beat” (6 song ep, Modern City (france) / Silverthree (us) / Inherited Alliance (japan))
“Return To Me” (11 song album, Silverthree, spring 2004)
“Judas Discharge” (2 song 7″ of covers, Semilla del Diablo) 
“Cooling Card” (song on Jawbox tribute comp “Until the Shaking Stops”, two Sheds Music, January 2005)
“Levittown” (6 song cdep on Ascetic Records, May 2006)
“Robots Fucking” (12 song cd/lp on Arctic Rodeo, February 2012)

Red Hare (most of Swiz reunited): now-later
“Nites of Midnite” album released May 21 2013 on Dischord / Hellfire (DIS180.5)
www.dischord.com/release/DIS180-5/nites-of-midnite

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Back to the beginning, where did you grow up and what was the music you first fell in love with?  What bands (even before punk) really spoke to you and moved you?  Anybody you still love all these years later?
I was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland (suburb just outside the city). Like everyone else in my elementary school my first love was KISS. I am still amazed by the dumb brilliance of the band (concept and music). Ace Frehley always struck me as the coolest, and was one of two main inspirations for me to pick up a guitar. When I was 9 my dad took me, my best friend, and my sister to my first concert: KISS at the Capital Center. By then I was already fading on the band, slowly replacing them with standard FM rock that became my BMX-and-stolen-cigarettes soundtrack (Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Ozzy). But it felt pretty epic, and was yet another sign of the serious level of support I could expect from my dad (who was my second main inspiration for picking up a guitar: his).

JASON WITH A FOOT PLANT, 1984

JASON WITH A FOOT PLANT, 1984

Spent the summer after 8th grade in OP shorts and surf apparel learning how to skateboard. We built a truly horrible quarter pipe behind an abandoned car dealership and decorated it with hand-painted skate logos. We felt like our new found love of a dead sport was unique; an isolated incident. But word of our our little ramp spread, and soon some rather gnarly people started showing up.
 
They skated well, but were obnoxious, aggressive, fearless. Somehow mocking and supportive simultaneously: “don’t be a pussy, drop in… you can do it!… or I’ll punch you in the fuckin’ face.” As if to piss on our shitty little ramp, they spray painted band names we’d never heard of over our Variflex and Bones renderings and left. (These intimidating Potomac skate punks turned out to be the not-so-scary Wiggy Austin, Kenny Griffin, Keith Davidson, and soon-to-be GI drummer Pete Moffett). In a pattern that would sadly repeat itself far too often, the ramp was torn down by the property owners…

JASON FARRELL TEARS UP HIS FIRST RAMP, 1983

JASON FARRELL TEARS UP HIS FIRST RAMP, 1983

6 Responses to “JASON FARRELL”

  1. Nab Says:

    cool feature! I am very interested in hearing that Dolemite 4-song demo!

  2. Gooch Says:

    Ya, totally need to hear Dolemite.

  3. John Cowell Says:

    That’s a damn good looking eggplant at Cedar Crest.

  4. Roa. Says:

    Jason rules.

  5. Daniel Says:

    Rad photos. Had a friend that worked at Kinko’s(the 3rd shift of course) in the early 90′s, I wanted a Swiz shirt really bad but could’t find one. She ended up making(bootlegging) me one on some iron on transfer/white shirt. I got a Swiz shirt and a Sore Throat t-shirt that night. Odd pairing of bands,haha. Looking forward to the Red Hare stuff!

  6. Titi Says:

    Great jason, amazing Skate photos and great to see him playing with dave. Hope to see you soon in Barcelona!

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