Fair To Midland
Signed to Serj Tankian's Serjical Strike label, Fair To Midland specializes in modern thinking dudes' metal, not unlike Tankian's own band, System of a Down. The difference is Fair To Midland plays a more "traditional" form of radio metal, eschewing the Eastern European folk influences and bizarre vocal stylings of SOAD for straight-up melody hooks and less-unhinged vocals. Those vocals come courtesy of one Darroh Sudderth, and bring to mind the high-flying range of Triumph's Rik Emmett. Fair To Midland formed in Sulphur Springs, Tx., in 1998. After releasing a pair of albums on their own -- The Carbon Copy Silver Lining in 2001 and Inter.Funda.Stifle in 2004 -- they were picked up by Serjical Strike in 2006. Fables Of A Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True hit the shelves in June 2007.