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January 25, 2019 in News

Today’s the Day

Well folks, today is officially the day. The long journey that started in the fall of 2015 comes to its conclusion today, January 25, 2019, with the release of our new EP “My Fault”. I’m not sure what to make of it all now as I write this on an overcast winter’s afternoon in London. It seems like a lifetime has passed and yet listening to it now as the vinyl spins on the turntable behind me, it feels like no time has passed at all.

I’ll take you back, if you will indulge me, to somewhere around October, 2015. We’re planning the launch of “Rue-St-Louis”. Perhaps we’re finally a “band” in the sense of 5-people pulling in the same direction. And yet, the sense of kinship we plumbed over a July heatwave in a make-shift, barn-loft studio is waning. We’ve all returned to our respective lives. I, for my part have a 1-year old baby that’s robbing my wife and I of our sleep and our youths; Ben’s doesn’t know it but he’s about to get married and bring a son into the world; Kenton’s living in Quebec and the only one of us trying to make an honest go at music with more projects on the hop than most people have socks; and Nic, well, let’s say Nic’s always been the Seventh Duff, Surly. Céline? She was the only one that sensed something was amiss.

We get to launch day. We play one of our best shows. The crowd is great. The sound is great. We sell a bunch of merch, and start packing up the gear on a high. Then, one by one, everyone drifts away: first the friends, fans and well-wishers then, one by one, the band until it’s just Céline and me down at the Lord William, half-pissed on celebratory beers in front of a mountain of late night nachos asking ourselves, “what the hell just happened”? For it was abundantly clear from our barstools that we weren’t a band, not five people rowing a bathtub but five individuals with their own shit to deal with and maybe two who gave a bit more of a fuck.

So yeah, that was out last show as the first great incarnation as FOATW. But this of course isn’t the end or you wouldn’t be reading this. You see, the other thing that happened that fall was that we got a letter from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec awarding us a very generous songwriting grant. So what do you do when you’ve just released a record? You quit gigging, quit promoting (because, let’s be honest, that’s the most loathesome part) and get back into the studio of course.

And that, friends, is what we did.

I’d like to say that the rest of the tale is smooth sailing to sunny uplands. I’d like to say that, but that would be a lie. It was rough sailing on turbulent waters in a less than seaworthy craft. And yet, we brought it to shore as today’s release bears testament. If the worth of a record is measured in the extent of the struggle to make it, then this will likely go down as our best to date. But I’ll leave you to judge that for yourself.

Meanwhile, over the next weeks, I’m going to tell the story of how this all came about and share some of the perspective of what this project means to us. Because, as I’m discovering with age and seasoning, music isn’t measured in likes, streams or dollars but in the connection you might be lucky enough to make with a few good people.

So let’s connect.

 

Oh yeah, and go stream My Fault on your favourite streaming platform and plant a big like, follow or heart beside the band and music (algorithms like that and whether we care to acknowledge it or not, we are all of us in their clutches 🙂

January 16, 2019 in News

9 Days

Holy crap! Holy crap! Holy crap! 9 days till we launch “My Fault”. For all of you that have been going about your business quietly, unassumingly, not realising that this was dangling over your heads like a net full of wet fish, I can only say that you’ve been spared our agony. We’ve been sitting on this for over a year (you know, big showdown with our label at head office in LA over creative control and all that…) knowing full well what we were about to unleash on the world.

I don’t want to overstate it but this 4-song EP is life changing, like discovering your long repressed sexuality or getting your first hamster.

Oh, Friends, you are lucky!

Anyone fancy a preview? If so, then click here to join our mailing list and we’ll shoot you the first single “The Buzz” this Friday as a preview for our beloved and loyal fans.

December 9, 2018 in News

My Fault/Your Problem

January 25, 2019. A round month past Christmas, in the very doldrums of the northern hemispheric winter, we will finally launch the first of our two new EP’s “My Fault”.

The second “Your Problem” will follow April 26, 2019.

Some may ask, why two EPs when there’s an LP’s worth of music? We know, we know.. We actually just received our personalized LP’s (mine’s sitting on my turntable right now). The reason we split ’em is to respect the schism that formed in the group as we were working on this material. The two EP’s are two sides of that split, two aspects of our personalities as a band and as two individual songwriters, two continents that divide us at present.

Like matter and antimatter, these two can’t be released together for fear of causing a destructive musical singularity. Physicists have informed us that 3-months is the minimum time we dare space out these releases. So January 25 and April 26 it is. Mark these dates on your Fridge.

And follow this space for more info as we reach launch velocity.

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