SO FAR AWAY
The sublime new single from Department S
featuring Baz Warne of The Stranglers
7" COLOURED VINYL AND DIGITAL SINGLE
9th JUNE 2023
Press for So Far Away single release:
"Could well be their best release yet"
Reyt Good Magazine
"Dazzling rock-flavoured euphoria"
"Warne adds a beautiful vintage edginess to an already remarkable song"
"Wistful, whimsical and tender"
"The ideal sound track to a memorable 80s film"
The Other Side Reviews
"Full of vivid riffs and basslines"
Lost In The Manor
"Liberating, authentic and breathtaking"
"A captivating blend of post-punk jagged guitar and widescreen perfect pop"
"New Wave rock that is ready to blast forth from the starting blocks at full speed and leave all comers in its wake"
“a real stake in the modern punk world”
SO FAR AWAY– a majestic, post-punk epic featuring Baz Warne of The Stranglers on guest guitar.
Like early Cure bumping into The Chameleons going up their down escalator, this driving ‘alternative-80s-at-its-best’ tune sounds like the soundtrack to the greatest film you’ve never seen. Mixing organic instrumentation with synthesised motorik beats, So Far Away occupies a space where post-punk jagged guitar meets widescreen perfect pop.
Phil had a few words about how the track and how Baz’s involvement came about:
“When we demoed the track we knew it would be a bit special, and to match the reflective nature of the lyric we wanted to evoke the wistful kinda vibe that The Stranglers achieved on their classic “Relentless”. With that in mind, there was only one man to ask to add some ‘mood’ guitar. After hearing the track, Baz immediately agreed and sent something like 10 different guitar parts over the next couple of days. His playing definitely lifted the track even further.”
It’s true to say that with Baz’s input the song’s dual guitar attack is nothing short of imperious.
“This was before Baz did his Wingmen project with Paul Gray and Leigh Heggarty (of The Damned and Ruts DC respectively), so whether this track gave him the taste for further collaboration– well, that’s not for me to say!” chuckles Phil, tongue firmly in cheek.
Check out new Department S single SO FAR AWAY– a sweeping piece of new-wave styled in the 2020s with a distinctly 80s twist.
Department S discography
Is Vic There? Single 1980
Going Left Right Single 1981
I Want Single 1981
Substance Album 1981
My Coo Ca Choo
Mr Nutley's Strange Delusionarium
God Squad Saviour
When All Is Said And All Is Done
When All Is Said and All Is Done
Is Vic There?
40th Anniversary Version
Burn Down Tomorrow
So Far Away
On My Own Again