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Meet 2 Far South: the grungy garage duo giving a vintage sound a new school identity

This is 2 Far South: a 2-piece grunge-garage band that bridges continents and brings an era-defining sound into the 21st century.

The story goes that Peter Pote left South Africa and moved to Sweden in 2014 – after a stint with Evolver One where he shared the stage with the likes of 3 Doors Down, Snow Patrol, and Oasis – and met Johan Åberg, who had been drumming for various local bands, in the small town of Vittsjö. As all good band-forming stories go, all it took was a successful jam session for 2 Far South to come into this world

According to Pote and Åberg their band is the love child of The White Stripes and Nirvana – and grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine and honestly, it’s hard to argue with that. Their sound is grunge-based but with a modern-day makeover, being formed by a wider range of influences than the genre’s pioneers.  

You need only listen to their 2018 album Truth BE Told? or their latest EP 20/20 Vision for a few seconds to see what I mean. It’s a melting pot of styles and influences that gives the grunge we know and love a contemporary swagger. Ditching the loud-soft-loud-soft formula that Nirvana and co. opted for, 2 Far South head in a more pop-oriented direction, a la Queens of the Stone Age.

That’s not to say this is a pop group posing as a rock band. They still have the hard-living, head-banging sentimentalities of grunge and its predecessors with the dynamic song-structures that defined rock ‘n’ roll’s hey-day; it’s just all been adapted to a pop-rock beat.

It may take a second for the grunge purists to get on board but 2 Far South are adapting the genre and bringing it into the modern era.