Further Seems Forever

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Further Seems Forever
Further Seems Forever performing in 2012. Left to right: Dominguez, Neptune, Carrabba, Kleisath, and Colbert.
Further Seems Forever performing in 2012. Left to right: Dominguez, Neptune, Carrabba, Kleisath, and Colbert.
Background information
OriginPompano Beach, Florida, U.S.
GenresEmo, indie rock
Years active1998–2006, 2010–present
LabelsTakehold, Tooth & Nail, Rise, Undecided, 567
Associated actsStrongarm, Vacant Andys, Shai Hulud, Dashboard Confessional, Affinity, Sense Field, Fields Forever, ActionReaction
MembersChris Carrabba
Josh Colbert
Nick Dominguez
Steve Kleisath
Chad Neptune
Past membersJason Gleason
James Paul Wisner
Derick Cordoba
Jon Bunch

Further Seems Forever is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Over its initial eight-year run the band experienced several lineup changes, resulting in a different lead vocalist performing on each of their first three studio albums. Original singer Chris Carrabba recorded The Moon Is Down (2001) with the group before leaving to start Dashboard Confessional. He was replaced by Jason Gleason, who performed on How to Start a Fire (2003) but left the band the following year. Former Sense Field vocalist Jon Bunch joined Further Seems Forever for Hide Nothing (2004). The band broke up in 2006 but reunited four years later with Carrabba on vocals. Their fourth studio album, Penny Black, was released in 2012.

The band's music is often classified as indie rock and is frequently associated with the emo genre. They have also been classified as a Christian rock act due to the individual band members' religious beliefs, frequent themes of Christianity in their lyrics, their association with the predominantly Christian Tooth & Nail Records label, and their performances at Christian-themed festivals such as Cornerstone.[1] Despite these associations, the group has claimed not to be an explicitly Christian band, but rather a rock band with Christian members.[2]


1998–2001: Formation, Chris Carrabba, and The Moon Is Down[edit]

The band formed in 1998 in Pompano Beach, Florida after the breakup of the Christian hardcore band Strongarm. Strongarm guitarists Josh Colbert and Nick Dominguez, bassist Chad Neptune, and drummer Steve Kleisath recruited Vacant Andys vocalist Chris Carrabba to form Further Seems Forever. The first song the new band released was "Vengeance Factor" on the Deep Elm Records compilation An Ocean of Doubt: The Emo Diaries, Chapter Four, which contributed to the band's association with the emo genre. Their first release was a split EP with fellow Floridians Recess Theory entitled From the 27th State, released by Takehold Records, and soon the band had signed a recording contract with Seattle-based Christian label Tooth and Nail Records. By 2000, however, Carrabba had begun working on his own project Dashboard Confessional and recorded the album The Swiss Army Romance, essentially a solo release which he considered too personal for Further Seems Forever. At this time the band struggled with interpersonal squabbles and difficulties touring, as Dominguez had a young family and was reluctant to tour outside the state. This forced the group to search for several fill-in guitarists to replace him on tour.[1] After returning from a solo tour in August 2000 Carrabba announced that he was leaving the group in order to focus on Dashboard Confessional full-time:

"I knew the only chance I had to make it in the music scene was go out there and do all the legwork to push yourself and make yourself known...I was willing to do that and they weren't. They were playing music around their jobs, not as their jobs. It was like, if we're gonna be a band, let's be a band. This isn't going to happen by itself."[1]

Despite this decision, Carrabba joined the band the following month to record their debut album The Moon Is Down, released in 2001 by Tooth & Nail. Relations between him and the other band members remained amicable, and Further Seems Forever would later open for Dashboard Confessional on several occasions.[1]

2001–2004: Jason Gleason and How to Start a Fire[edit]

After Carrabba's departure the band recruited Jason Gleason of Affinity as their new vocalist. With Gleason they re-recorded their cover version of "Say It Ain't So" for the compilation Rock Music: A Tribute to Weezer with Gleason's version appearing on the CD and Carraba's version appearing as a vinyl only bonus track.[3][4] They also recorded a cover of "Bye Bye Bye" for the compilation Punk Goes Pop. Dominguez then left the group to pursue a record label venture, Pop Up Record. He ran the label with Derick Cordoba, who replaced him in Further Seems Forever. This lineup recorded the band's second album How to Start a Fire, released in 2003, and supported it with a national touring schedule. In 2003, Further Seems Forever signed with Undecided Records to finance their own imprint record label Pompano Basic, with plans to release a compilation of rare and unreleased material.[5][6] The release took much longer to complete and was ultimately released bundled with a live DVD as The Final Curtain in April 2007, by which time Undecided Records had changed name to 567 Records.[7]

In early 2004, as work on a third album was beginning, the group had a falling out with Gleason which resulted in his departure. In a 2006 interview he blamed the split on "completely irrational behavior on a daily basis. Mistrust. Fights. Anger. Jealousy. A very unhealthy relationship."[8] Gleason went on to form ActionReaction in 2005 with his wife Crissie "Bella" Verhagen and released the album Three is the Magic Number in 2006.[9]

2004–2006: Jon Bunch, Hide Nothing, and breakup[edit]

The band's third lineup, with singer Jon Bunch (second from left).

To replace Gleason the band recruited vocalist Jon Bunch of the recently disbanded Sense Field. With Bunch they released the 2004 album Hide Nothing and continued to tour internationally, performing with groups such as Sparta, Copeland, and The Starting Line.[10]

Carrabba practicing with the band for their reunion show in 2005.

In 2005 the band played a reunion show with Carrabba at which they performed The Moon Is Down in its entirety. That November they announced a hiatus, which was followed by an announcement in January 2006 that their upcoming tour of the United States and Canada with Bunch would be their final performances, as the members' families and other commitments had eclipsed their interests in the band. As Neptune stated:

"As I sit here reflecting back on my time with FSF, saying to myself 'what happens when your dreams have come true already?' Well my answer is 'it probably wasn't my dream all along.' Sure maybe it was part of my calling but the truth is that making a family has been the goal ever since I can remember. My family is what I live for now and I am very glad to do so."[11]

Tooth & Nail released a "best of" retrospective album that April entitled Hope This Finds You Well, and the band's farewell performance occurred June 17, 2006 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. This performance was recorded and released as a live album and DVD by 567 Records in April 2007, entitled The Final Curtain.

2007–2010: Post-breakup activity[edit]

Following the band's breakup Bunch and Cordoba formed Fields Forever, a duo project performing acoustic renditions of Further Seems Forever and Sense Field songs which toured across Europe. Other members went on to other projects, with Kleisath joined a group called En Masse in early 2006 and Cordoba joining Kicked Out Heel Drag in early 2007.

2010–present: Reunion with Carrabba[edit]

Further Seems Forever reunited with original singer Chris Carrabba in August 2010.[12] Further Seems Forever and Dashboard Confessional both played the Groezrock festival in April 2011.[13] The band's fourth studio album, Penny Black, was released in October 2012 through Rise Records.[14]

In August 2015, it was announced that Gleason had rejoined the band.[15]

Former frontman Jon Bunch died on January 31, 2016, in Irvine, California at the age of 45.[16][17]


Current members
  • Chris Carrabba – lead vocals, keyboards, piano (1998–2002, 2010–present), backing vocals (2016-2017)
  • Josh Colbert – lead guitar (1998–2006, 2010–present)
  • Nick Dominguez – rhythm guitar (1998–2002, 2010–present), lead guitar (2000–2002)
  • Chad Neptune – bass guitar (1998–2006, 2010–present)
  • Steve Kleisath – drums (1998–2006, 2010–present)
Former members
  • Jason Gleason – lead vocals (2002–04, 2016-2017), backing vocals (2016-2017)
  • James Paul Wisner - keyboards, piano, rhythm guitar (2000-2006)
  • Derick Cordoba - rhythm guitar, lead guitar (2002-2006)
  • Ian Sirianni - guitars (touring) (2001-2002)
  • Brandon Swanson - guitars (touring) (2002-2004)
  • Ian Fowles - guitars (touring) (2005-2006)
  • Jon Bunch – lead vocals (2004–2006; died 2016[16][17])


Further Seems Forever discography
Studio albums4
Live albums1
Compilation albums1
Music videos4
Other appearances3

The discography of Further Seems Forever consists of four studio albums, one live album, one compilation album, one EP, one single, and four music videos.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
Billboard 200
2001 The Moon Is Down[22]
2003 How to Start a Fire[23]
  • Released: February 11, 2003
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • Format: CD, LP
133 6 1
2004 Hide Nothing[24]
  • Released: August 24, 2004
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • Format: CD, LP
122 4 3
2012 Penny Black[14] 62 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2007 The Final Curtain[25]
  • Released: January 9, 2007
  • Label: 567
  • Format: CD / DVD

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
2006 Hope This Finds You Well[26]

Extended plays[edit]

Year Release details
1999 From the 27th State


Year Single details
2002 Further Seems Forever / Twothirtyeight
2010 Acoustic 7"
  • Released: December 21, 2010
  • Label: Self-Released
  • Format: 7"
2012 So Cold

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Album
2001 "Snowbirds and Townies" The Moon Is Down
2003 "The Sound" How to Start a Fire
2004 "Light Up Ahead" Hide Nothing
2012 "So Cold" Caleb Mallery Penny Black

Other appearances[edit]

The following Further Seems Forever songs were released on compilation albums. This is not an exhaustive list; songs that were first released on the band's albums, EPs, and singles are not included.

Year Release details Track
1999 An Ocean of Doubt[27]
  • Released: September 28, 1999
  • Label: Deep Elm
  • Format: CD
  • "Vengeance Factor"
2002 Rock Music: A Tribute to Weezer[28]
  • Released: January 22, 2002
  • Label: Dead Droid
  • Format: CD
Punk Goes Pop[29]
  • Released: April 2, 2002
  • Label: Fearless
  • Format: CD


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