Dylan Furr Band: Shreddy California Prog Metal
Written by Cindy Chittenden
A combination of progressive metal and rock with distinctive high-gain, distorted, palm-muted, low-pitch guitar sounds, Dylan Furr Band (DFB) is in a class of its own. Influenced by a vast variety of artists including Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, Allan Holdsworth, Guthrie Govan, and Meshuggah, DFB is an upcoming band worthy of notice.
Formed in 2013, Dylan Furr started out as a one-man band touring the California coast. As his music progressed soon came the need to create a lineup of visionaries like himself.
“As I began gaining followers and traction, I started getting asked to do shows, so I sought out other members and worked with half of the current members in Rings of Saturn,” Furr says. “After the first tour I looked for more permanent members that could contribute.”
Constructed shortly thereafter, the band soon consisted of Max Lobeta on drums and Elijah Arnold on lead vocals. In 2015, the name of the band was changed to the Dylan Furr Band and the new single, ‘Perspective,’ is being released this spring.
“It is shreddy, heavy and proggy all at the same time, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” Furr says excitedly in regard to the single and the new album, titled Perspective, to be released in Spring 2017.
“Our new album is conceptual and it’s a story about spiritual duality and how we predicate our existences on the foundation that if we act a certain way our souls will live on in the afterlife in eternal paradise because we’re being watched by an unknown entity,” Arnold explains.
Furr proudly reveals DFB’s major accomplishments: “We’ve gotten to where we are with no help from a label and have received nearly ten endorsements and great PR, and even more amazing fans,” he says, pointing out that the band has also had the opportunity to play with the influential bands As I Lay Dying, As Blood Runs Black, and Animals as Leaders.
With the release of Perspective and a tour to follow, DFB promises to put on a great show.
“I like to make jokes and get the fans engaged in between songs,” Furr says. “I know that when I go to shows I have a lot more fun when the band acknowledges my existence, so I want our fans to feel like they’re as much a part of our show as we are.”
If you’re in Southern California and you’re a prog-head, then you’re not going to want to miss the Dylan Furr Band. But don’t take my word for it, check out the video below and more of the band’s music HERE