The Handsome Family: “True Detective has shown us we’re not that weird – we just needed the right context”

The Handsome Family tell the story of “Far From Any Road”, their 2003 song now used as the theme to HBO’s True Detective, in the new issue of Uncut, out on Friday (April 25).

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The Handsome Family tell the story of “Far From Any Road”, their 2003 song now used as the theme to HBO’s True Detective, in the new issue of Uncut, out on Friday (April 25).

Rennie and Brett Sparks reckon the success of the track has shown that the band aren’t as left-field as they used to think.

“We’ve had a lot of people over the years talking about how strange we are,” says Rennie. “You know, oddballs, way out, left-field…”

“All of that, you know, Gomez and Morticia bullshit,” adds Brett.

“But it turns out we’re not really that weird,” Rennie continues. “We just needed the right context. People have said one reason they like the show so much is that it mentions things in the mainstream that haven’t been mentioned there before. Things like us, and Beefheart, things that people thought can’t be appreciated by the mainstream – but it turns out people love that stuff, they’ve just been waiting for somebody to admit it!”

The Handsome Family explain how they wrote and recorded “Far From Any Road” in the new issue of Uncut, dated June 2014, and out on Friday (April 25).

Photo: Jason Creps


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