Arrows and Anchors

Arrows and Anchors is the fourth and final studio album by the Texas progressive rock band Fair to Midland, released on July 12, 2011, by E1 Music in North America. In Europe, the record was released by Season of Mist the day before. The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Joe Barresi.[2][3][4] The record peaked at #65 on the Billboard 200.

Arrows and Anchors
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 11, 2011 (2011-07-11)
RecordedNovember–December 2010 at Joe's House of Compression, Pasadena, California
GenreAlternative metal, progressive rock[1]
ProducerJoe Barresi
Fair to Midland chronology
Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True
Arrows and Anchors
Singles from Arrows and Anchors
  1. "Musical Chairs"
    Released: April 4, 2011
  2. "Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow"
    Released: May 19, 2011

Release and promotionEdit

On April 4, the band debuted the album's first single, "Musical Chairs", on the website[5] It became available on iTunes on April 18. On May 19, the band released the track "Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow" for free download on their website.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic      [6]
Decoy Music     [7]
Revolver      [8]
Sputnikmusic      [9]      [10]

The album debuted at no. 65 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 7,000 copies and marking the band's highest spot on the chart.[11]

Track listEdit

All lyrics are written by Darroh Sudderth; all music is composed by Fair to Midland.

1."Heavens to Murgatroyd"0:44
2."Whiskey & Ritalin"3:37
3."Musical Chairs"3:32
5."Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow"4:42
6."A Loophole in Limbo"3:39
7."Typhoid Mary Sends Her Best"0:56
8."Short-Haired Tornado"4:19
9."The Upset at Bailey Bridge"0:52
10."Rikki Tikki Tavi"3:25
11."Golden Parachutes"3:44
12."Bright Bulbs & Sharp Tools"3:57
13."Coppertank Island"3:10
14."Three Foolproof Ways to Buy the Farm"2:47
15."The Greener Grass"10:57
European limited edition and US ITunes bonus track
16."Pour the Coal to 'er"3:32
US ITunes and Official Website Pre-order bonus track
17."Rikki Tikki Tavi" (Live)3:21
Official Website Pre-order bonus track
18."Uh Oh" (Live)4:34

The live versions of "Rikki Tikki Tavi" and "Uh-Oh" were also released as B-sides on the digital single "Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow".

Out takes

No further tracks were recorded for the album, however several songs were considered for the album during pre-production:

  • "Bravo Sierra", performed live once in August 2010 at Tree's in Dallas Texas was left out.
  • The titles "The Dead Sea", "Ember Rose" and "Babe Ruthe" (reportedly re-titled to "God Save Us") can be seen written on the band's pre-production track list.


Fair to Midland
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Isaac "Eye-Sack" Flores – artwork
  • Sean Oakley – assistant engineer
  • Jun Murakawa – assistant engineer
  • Morgan Stratton – assistant engineer
  • Joe Barresi – mixed, recorded, producer

Chart positionEdit

Charts (2011) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 65[11]


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  4. ^ "Fair to Midland". Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "Fair To Midland Premiere "Musical Chairs" on – ARTISTdirect News". Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Arrows & Anchors – Fair to Midland". AllMusic. July 12, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Fair To Midland – Arrows & Anchors Review". Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Review: Fair to Midland – Arrows & Anchors – Revolver Magazine". July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  9. ^ "Fair To Midland – Arrows and Anchors (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. July 13, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  10. ^ "Melodic Net – Fair To Midland – Arrows And Anchors". July 26, 2011. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
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