Following on from 2014’s ‘Ophir’, FOES are set to release their second EP ‘Antecedence’ this Friday (10th July) but you can listen to the whole ruddy thing below.
“We’ve tried to be as honest as possible with the new EP,” starts front man Chris Mackrill. “I hate it when music isn’t about anything in particular, it winds me up. Even if it’s just an idea of a subject that develops, at least it has a subject. When songwriters are asked what their songs are about and they’ve no idea, I just can’t see the point in that.”
Mackrill isn’t set to become something he hates, as he tackles his own existential struggles alongside a tilted head look at the relationships he surrounds himself with over these five tracks. ‘Antcedence’ is a bold search for the truth. This is most present on closing track ‘El Penumbra’ which sees the songwriter flirting with the diagnosis of a medical condition and his eventual acceptance of what it means for him.
“Before I’d been to the doctors I wrote some lyrics which I found whilst we were writing the new EP, and they seemed to fit with the song,” Mackrill starts. “The title came about from a film Joe [Danher, guitars] had watched called Big Fish; in the film they describe a man who blocked out the sun when he was picking oranges, and his nickname was ‘El Penumbra’ which translates as The Shadow. We realised that it fitted pretty well with the subject of the song, and specifically the line; ‘My life’s been shadowed in the wake of a disease.'”
The band have a host of live dates coming up, including a slot at Tech Fest. Dates are below.
12 Tech Fest, Newark Showground
28 Southampton, Joiners
29 Bridgend, Hobos
30 Norwich, Owl Sanctuary
31 Stoke, Tech Noir
02 Glasgow, Nice’n’Sleazy
04 Sheffield, Corporation