|Peanuts & Corn Artists > Farm Fresh|
Formed in 1991 by three high school friends in Brandon, Manitoba, Farm Fresh has gone on to be one of the most popular and influential hip-hop bands in Western Canada. After listening to hip-hop and seeing countless rap videos on Pump It Up and Much's Soul In The City, Tyler Sneesby (nka DJ Hunnicutt), Pat Skene (nka Pip Skid) and Rod Bailey (nka mcenroe) began messing around with hip-hop music. Their first show was in 1993, opening for Winnipeg punk legends Red Fisher, and from day one they had a following. Fans loved their humorous song-writing, their energetic stage show, and the tight production behind it all.
In 1994, after finding a real studio uncreative and flat, they rented an ADAT and a bunch of equipment and recorded The Space EP on cassette. This became the first release on Peanuts & Corn Records, and increased their popularity in Winnipeg and Brandon, with their songs of alien abduction and funny wordplay. They went on to play the Brandon Folk Festival two nights in a row, and were discovered by Ontario's Rheostatics and asked to play Green Sprouts Music Week. In 1995, they released Crazy Friction, their second cassette. At the same time, Rod Bailey was producing Mood Ruff and Different Shades of Black and releasing their recordings on Peanuts & Corn as well. Farm Fresh became a mainstay act in Manitoba, headlining gigs at Le Rendezvous, The Walker Theatre and The Winnipeg Jazz Festival. They performed with Rheostatics, The Pharcyde, Bob Wiseman, The Tragically Hip, The Barenaked Ladies, and many more. They hosted an episode of Rap City when they were visiting Toronto in the mid 90's. They had found a fanbase that included hip-hop heads and indie hipsters alike, crossing over to almost anyone who liked youth-oriented music and liked to have a good time.
In the late 90's, the world was waiting for the debut Farm Fresh CD (their previous releases having been cassette only). However, the band instead elected to go on hiatus to pursue other projects. Pat Skene became Pip Skid and formed fermented reptile, a much more political and angry project than anything he could do with Farm Fresh. Rod Bailey responded by becoming mcenroe, and released his first solo EP, the ethics EP, in 1998. While the two MC's in Farm Fresh had gone their seperate ways, they continued to work together closely. Rod produced and released the fermented reptile project, lets just call you quits, which was noticed quickly in the independent hip-hop scene all over North America. Tyler Sneesby continued to back up both projects on the turntables, as well as play with the Hummers. The post-Farm Fresh era was very busy for Peanuts & Corn, as mcenroe produced and released records by fermented reptile, Park-Like Setting, John Smith, Pip Skid, Gruf, Hip-Hop Wieners, Yy and his own mcenroe projects. Peanuts & Corn became an important label for Canadian Hip-Hop , remaining fresh and relevant to fans and heads year after year.
In 2004, the members of Farm Fresh decided to get back together for a new record. They figured the only way to do this properly was to get back to their roots. They packed up and moved back to Brandon, Manitoba to live in the basement of Tyler's parent's house, the scene of all of their original songs and ideas. Time Is Running Out was recorded in a trailer in Western Manitoba, and represents the full length record that some fans had been waiting more than 10 years for. To date, response has been very positive, as the record manages to balance the fun creativity of their early works with the maturity they have developed in 10 years of song-writing.