Farse was a five piece ska-punk band hailing from Birmingham in the West Midlands. They attended St. Thomas Aquinas school in Birmingham, where the band formed in 1996. After releasing a string of demos they released their debut album, Means To An End, (recorded at Rich Bitch studios, Selly Oak, Birmingham) on 8th October 2001. The record created a buzz throughout the underground punk and ska scene in the UK and attracted the attention of the Moon Ska Europe label. Farse then entered UB40's Dep Studios, to record their second album Boxing Clever in late 2002. Following the album's release the band's popularity grew, with the video for the song Hopscotch receiving heavy rotation on the-now defunct-digital music channel P-Rock. The band then embarked on several headlining tours throughout the UK before unexpectedly announcing their split in early 2004. During their career they performed with similar acts such as King Prawn, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Mad Caddies, Bowling For Soup, Reel Big Fish and Capdown.

The final performance was held on Thursday March 18th 2004 at the Carling Academy 2 in Birmingham. The show involved former band members joining the line up to play old material. The set finished with the song 'Youth On Paper', a song said to have been previously unheard at live shows.

Bassist Chris Badham now tours with The Mad Caddies. Ade is also the bassist of Beat Union formerly known as Shortcut to Newark.

Band Members

  • Ollie Patrick - Vocals.
  • Ade Preston - Guitar.
  • Tomas Whitehouse - Guitar.
  • Chris Badham - Bass.
  • Dan O'Connell - Drums.


  • Means To An End - 2001 (Sucka Punch).
  • Boxing Clever - 2003 (Moon Ska Europe).

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