Just off their summer tour, FOREIGN BORN took a few minutes to catch up with The Trip Wire and freshen up after their latest stint on the road. Miraculously in mid-shave Matt was able to talk a bit about the band’s troubles driving through Texas and how Sal got handcuffed.
At the tail end of their recent, month-long North American tour, the men of LA’s FOREIGN BORN made a mid-day pit stop into popular Brooklyn watering hole Heathers as part of FADERTV’s most awesome Open Bar series, performing an intimate take on the benga-dappled “Early Warnings,” a cut from the band’s Secretly Canadian debut.
Quoth FADER of its hang sesh with Fo’ Bo’: “They had a few beers, broke out some pretty haggard looking instruments and told us tour bummers, like having their van searched for drugs by West Texas cops. They also, with the exception of singer Matt Popieluch, did not remove their sunglasses once, which is either a cause or effect of the fuzz hassles. We may never know.”
The pride of Los Angeles, FOREIGN BORN, recently appeared on the esteemed KCRW’s LA institution Morning Becomes Eclectic. Said KCRW of the band: “I’ve been hearing about Foreign Born on the LA music scene for years now and, truthfully, I never had a chance to catch one of their shows. Watching them this morning, I really wish I had made the effort earlier. They are certainly deserving of all the praise I’ve heard – lively songs with soaring vocals and guitar melodies and rhythms influenced by Kenyan music.” Listen to the show HERE and check a video of the entire session below.
Los Angeles has a stigma about it in the independent music world. For many years the vapidness of the mainstream pop stardom mega-machine has cast a shadow over the city, hiding from the national view LA’s vibrant underground scene. This scene shows the deep levels of talent and culture evident in LA, once you look past Hollywood. Foreign Born is perhaps the best incapsulation of the LA scene: lurking just under the radar until the recent release of their new album Person To Person, blending many cultural influences with seamless ease, and producing dynamic off-shoot bands such as Fool’s Gold and Glasser.
We are proud to announce the first video from Person to Person, for the song “Winter Games”. The video, directed by Foreign Born starts with two Crip Walkers trading moves synonymous with the streets and night clubs of LA. Then they incorporate light and smoke to create a color field abstraction. It’s a subtle play between two fields of view that heavily echo the Light and Space movement in modern art, championed by Californian artists like Robert Irwin in the 1960s. Just as Foreign Born’s music assimilates so many different musical styles and genres within their sound, this new video echoes that as well, taking elements from both hip-hop and modern art to make a stylistically unique rock video.
Foreign Born is also currently on national tour. And for those of you in the LA area, don’t miss Foreign Born’s performance on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on July 15, followed by a free show July 16 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
The next morsel of the savory meal that is Foreign Born’s Person To Person (due out June 23 in the U.S. and June 15 in the UK). Their new single “Early Warnings” picks up where their first single “Vacationing People” left off. It’s a frolicking tune built on African guitar licks, hand claps, and group harmonies. It reminds us of cold beer under a hot summer sun cut with a slight hint of ocean breeze. In other words, a perfect song to usher in the beginning of Summer.