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Chandra Farnsworth of Fabulous Downey Brothers performing at Upstream

“We feel an obligation, a wonderful responsibility, to present a visual component with our live shows. There are humans out there who will argue that it undermines our artistic integrity, as though live music fits neatly into a cute little counter-culture box where only skinny jeans and ironic t-shirts are welcome. We are trying to be the band that we want to see in the world, as Gandhi would have said if he listened to Devo. Which he should have.”

—Chandra Farnsworth of Fabulous Downey Brothers, which performed at the first-ever Upstream Music Festival last month. Farnsworth says the band avoids personal experience in their material, but couldn’t keep their mouths shut on their post-Trump release, Turf. Their Upstream set exemplified “the inevitable takeover of nature in an increasingly synthesized world.”

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