PINO FARINA BAND
ABOUT PINO FARINA BAND
Adult-alternative rockers, Pino Farina Band, are known for their showmanship, high-energy performances as well as tender, intimate songs. Lead singer and lyricist Pino Farina’s powerhouse voice is his true instrument and is often compared to that of Jeff Buckley’s. His five-octave voice range envelops one’s heart as he and the band take listeners through trials, tribulations, and redemption in their songs.
After touring the country extensively as the award-winning band Pünsapaya (Chicago Music Awards, 2005 Rock Album of the Year) with their debut album Prepare to Qualify, they stepped away for a time of rediscovery as artists, songwriters and performers. In 2018, the band released Start Over Again and have been enthusiastically welcomed back by long-time fans and a new musical community.
When venues shuttered their doors during the pandemic, Pino Farina Band connected a community virtually through music. Wowed by the sometimes four-hour livestreams, their bourgeoning popularity earned them a feature role in the documentary, Cover 21: Ignite Chicago. Released in 2021 this indie film explored the local music industry, the hardships faced and strategies formed to overcome and thrive in that challenging environment.
In the last year, Pino Farina Band has performed in raucous music halls, at intimate listening rooms, on festival stages, and even inside a barn. This journey has also led them back to the studio to record songs for their upcoming release entitled, Daises. Their new EP is not a sweet flower of an album, but a “pushing up daisies” collection of songs dealing with self-doubt, relationship struggles, rock bottoms and situations where life turns on a dime. But never does Pino Farina Band leave you mired there. The songs and the band’s optimism inherent in their music reassures that redemption and renewal are on the way.
Lead vocals, guitar, and piano
Guitar and ukulele
Drums, percussion, and vocals
Writing songs about personal reflection, relationships, parenthood, the intricacies of love, life and death and all things in-between. It is and will always be my therapy, my church, my meditation. My way of coping with the things that my mind and spirit can’t always wrap itself around.