2001: A PUNK ODYSSEY WAS RECORDED MOSTLY IN 2000 AND 2001 AS THE BAND LOST CAUSE. WINNING SPONSORS, TOURING THE WEST COAST WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN PUNK BANDS, LOST CAUSE EVENTUALLY EXPERIENCED A CHANGE IN MEMBERS AND OTHER PROJECTS WERE DEVELOPED. STILL LIFELONG FRIENDS, THE GUYS DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO RELEASE THE RECORDED TRACKS WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN RELEASED BEFORE. SONGS INCLUDED ARE "KILL ALL THE BUFFALO",, ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR BECAME AN ARIZONA PROTEST SONG, AND THE HUMOROUS, AWESOME PUNK SOUND OF "STUCK IN A VIDEO GAME" WERE PLAYED ON RADIO STATIONS ALL OVER THE WEST COAST.
THE FURTHER PRESENTS, 2001: A PUNK ODYSSEY!
Christopher Donahue’s musical journey began when he was eight years old in Flagstaff, AZ. Joining an after-school music program at eight years old, he learned to read music and played the trumpet for two years. At 10 years old, his older brother, Mark, played “When I Come Around” by Green Day. Chris was musically inspired and wanted to hear more of the newly released album. Mark felt it responsible as an older brother to limit the songs he would let his 10-year-old brother listen to. Captivated, Chris did extra chores and work to save enough money to buy a copy of Green Day’s Dookie at the local record store. Driven by new enthusiasm and musical creativity, he was determined to learn how to play guitar to that album. Chris informed my mother that he was giving up playing the trumpet and wanted an electric guitar. Making a deal with her young son, he could switch to guitar but he would start with a cheap, basic acoustic guitar and would take lessons. If after one year, sticking to the lessons and still serious, he could earn an electric guitar. Chris and his parents went to a local music store where they met Gary Bettum. Gary helped pick a beginner acoustic guitar with nylon strings and began giving Chis guitar lessons. After one year, not only was he able to play scales, write tabs, play along to the Green Day album, and earned his first electric guitar, but he had already begun to compose his own songs. Chris continued to learn and grow as a guitarist through continued lessons, practice, and music camps at Northern Arizona University. At the age of 14, Chris performed and sang the newly released song, “Time of Your Life” by Green Day at his junior high school graduation from St. Mary’s Catholic School.
Chris attended Sedona Red Rock High School in Sedona, AZ where he formed his first punk band, Cygnus. Gary Bettum produced the band’s album in which Chris was the main writer of the music and lyrics. After playing local shows, the band went to Epitaph Records in Los Angeles to present their album in hopes of a record deal. While a record deal was not granted, the band was contacted six months later to open for bands on Epitaph and sister-labels in the Southwest and West Coast between 2000 and 2002. The songs “Stuck in a Videogame” and “Kill All the Buffalo” received radio play during this time. A member line-up change led to the band’s name change to Lost Cause. After high school, the band parted ways and Chris attended and graduated from Zaki Gordon Filmmaking Institute at Yavapai College in Sedona, AZ.
Moving to Los Angeles in 2004, Chris worked varying odd jobs and spent hours playing at The Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica while auditioning for bands. Chris joined Vinson Massif as the band’s bassist. He also lent his talent as a bassist joining Martyr Plot with Kenneth Wilson, better known as Ginger Fish. Due to Kenneth’s commitment to impending projects with Marilyn Manson, Chis focused on playing with Vinson Massif until 2007.
Returning to Flagstaff, AZ in 2007 for a new, unique music opportunity. Chris collaborated with a violinist from Flagstaff to form Feathers and Razors for a limited engagement. During that time, a business opportunity presented itself. From 2008 until 2012, Chris owned and ran a business while writing and composing new material for a new music project. Inspired by his love of horror movies, deep loss, tragedy, and personal struggle, he aimed to translate this energy into art. Originally named Something Died Here, the project developed into The Further. Chris expanded his project into a band. Turning to his longtime mentor and producer, Gary Bettum, The Further record the project’s first studio album. The Further, as a band, toured the Southwest in support of the album, Loss and Despair. The song, “The Fall”, received radio play out of Phoenix and Los Angeles. Following touring and local shows, Chris began working on new material for the next body of work for The Further project. Traveling across the United States with his wife and living on the road has given Chris inspiration from regional music styles, people, and subcultures. Chris’s eclectic style, mixing his punk roots with rock, metal, and alternative, brings a wide range of music.