The title track of Tyler Farr’s 2015 album Suffer in Peace hints at an existential crisis in the wake of a devastating breakup – nursing his wounds, he longs for solitude and hopes to find salvation in the Bible. Farr’s latest, “I Should Go to Church Sometime” takes the idea a step farther as the singer struggles with his faith and decisions.
“Saw a man on the sidewalk, ‘Hunger’ written in red chalk / Maybe he just wanted to talk, but I walked away,” Farr sings, admitting his shame over not engaging or attempting to help. Written by Brinley Addington, Michael Hardy and Sarah Turner, “I Should Go to Church Sometime” makes use of Farr’s dynamic range, starting softly and stoically before exploding with pounding drums, a gospel choir and his signature throaty howl. It’s a Christian-specific view of guilt, with Farr figuring the answer to his torment will be found in a church pew, but it asks bigger questions about how and why we put off our opportunities to heal – whatever they may be.
“Church” follows Farr’s “Our Town,” the ostensible first single from the performer’s third album. This summer, he’ll join up with Brantley Gilbert’s Devil Don’t Sleep Tour, supporting those shows along with Luke Combs. Farr is also set to appear in his own reality series A Little Too Farr (Unscripted) on Rated Red and GO90.