Photography by Caitlin McCann©
Who are RFA
RFA are Alec Powell (drums), Brendan McHale (bass), Christian Turzo (guitar), and Dan Cousart (vox/guitar). What makes us stand out from most bands in Philly is that we play Rock n' Roll, as opposed to Pop Punk or Metal. We take our music seriously, but we really don't take ourselves too seriously...
The New Record
Our new record is a big accomplishment for us. Our previous EP Freaking Out was great but was very produced, so it was very refreshing to make a record that was less polished and captured our live sound. Our friends Dan Siper and Jake Kampmann created a much more relaxed environment for us so that we could really experiment with new ideas and sounds. This record is also the most complete record that we've ever made...
The Best Bits
Each song is different and each song flows together. My personal favourite from the record is What's Your Name while Alec, Christian and Brendan all seem to like Indigo the best. Truthfully, they're all pretty cool, so please check all the songs out...
Brendan asking our friend Will to "punch me in the face" after having a few too many...
It's safe to say that RFA are a proper band. The boys from Philly, PA, have just released their much anticipated EP Something New From RFA, and it's safe to say it's very good. It's only 5 tracks long of about 15 minutes, but it's of the highest quality music. And for a group who are looking for something "less polished capturing their live sound", it's an all round wholesome release which doesn't sound too shabby at all. In all honesty, it's a very clever and carefully worked EP; you can her the dedication. If that's how the group sound live, then we are all on to a winner.
But going back to the point on cleverness, for this is a thoroughly thought out EP from start to end. There was no better way to commence the follow up to 2015's Freaking Out, than with the opening track Saturday, January 24th. What an important day! And what's more, what an important track. It's thoughtful, reflective, and perfectly executed in terms of harmony and instrumentation.
It sets the EP for what's to come next; a much more bounce Indie Rock invested trio of songs in the form of I'm Not Telling You, What's Your Name, and Indigo. All very strong in their own right. All telling a story. And all worthy of a place on the EP. It lets you imagine what a live RFA gig would be like.