Interview – Friends of Foes

By: Tara Thompson

Friends of Foes are are four piece alternative/indie rock band from Saskatoon. If you like bands such as Death Cab For Cutie or The Joy Formidable, you’ll definitely like Friends of Foes. The band recently recorded an album that they’re itching to release. We asked them a few questions and here’s what they had to say.

First off, can you tell us a bit about the band, how you started, etc.?

Keegan – The band actually started off as a side project for Matt and I. We both like many different styles of music so we decided to take a shot at something a little different than what we’re used to. We then contacted both Celeste and Nevin to join the band, knowing them through several brief interactions and hearing them play their own instrument.

Your recently recorded your first full length album, what can you tell us about the recording process and the album in general?

Nevin – Lots of work, frustrating at times but very rewarding in the end, satisfying to listen back to it and know we made that music

Matt – Although it was so much fun, it was a very liberating feeling to know that we had free reign to do what we wanted and make the album we really wanted.

You have a single coming out on September 28th called Control. Can you tell us a bit about that song? What made you pick that as your first single?

Celeste- “Control” is basically about how young men and women follow the media and its concepts of reality a bit too far. The lyrics tell a story, and that story’s protagonist is a girl who follows the every move of a faceless celebrity. She aspires to be someone who doesn’t exist, in the sense that said celebrity is more fabrication than reality. The girl loses control of her identity as a result, and (in the chorus) is counseled by a friendly voice inside her head. Sort of like a wake-up call. This song is that wake-up call to those who have become entrapped by socially constructed ideas of “beauty”. We chose “Control” to be our single because we believe it “sits in the pocket” sound-wise. It characterizes the type of sound we want our band to have. It features the best vocal/instrumental elements of the band, and I believe it is a well-rounded approach. that’s how we write: I don’t know where our ideas come from, and we can bring these concepts to life, and that’s what I love about what I do.

Saskatoon isn’t well known for it’s music scene, do you feel like that has any impact on your music? Does it feel like it could hold you back?

Matt – To the contrary, I feel very privileged to be from a home-town music scene like Saskatoon. Our local Indie rock/bar music scene is extremely supportive or each other. Ever since our first show, we have had nothing but great support and helping hands from every imaginable direction. I feel like a lot of what we have developed into as a band is a direct reflection of the amazing people who have helped us.

Do you have any plans for touring?

Matt- We are currently working out some Tour dates for late January in support of our album release as well as a series of Festival dates for summer, 2014.

Who are your biggest influences?

Keegan – Well as a band we all have our own favourite bands we like that come together to make Friends Of Foes. Its actually pretty neat to see the diversity in our styles. For myself, I like bands like Manchester Orchestra for its unique hard-hitting style in alternative or Smashing Pumpkins for its fantastic drumming

Nevin – I have a Classic rock upbringing mixed with a jazz and classical mixture, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Frank Zappa, Jaco Pastorius,Weather Report, Herbie Hancock

Matt – My influencees are always changing bt i find that i draw the most creativity towards this project from bands like Daughter and Death Cab for Cutie

Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with in the future?

Keegan – I didn’t have anyone in mind but if the right person came up I could see something like that happening in the studio

Since we’re all about Canadian music, who are your favorite Canadian bands/artists?

Matt – My current canadian favorites would have to be The Zolas or Royal Canoe

Nevin – Rush and the Guess Who – lol

If you want to learn more about Friends of Foes you can go ahead and like their Facebook page:

You can check out their first single, Control, here:

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