American Violence, the latest EP from Foes out April 17 via Glacier Recordings, is an exercise in futility. A proverbial bashing of one’s own head against a brick wall. A wall that represents every obstacle to happiness and fulfillment. This wall is you; it’s America; it’s meaningless traditional values, and it’s the churches of man.

This album was created with the intent to make the listener feel constricted, frustrated, and suffocated under the weight of it, a reflection of the actual feeling of being crushed by the constant pressure to adhere to a path that you didn’t choose and ones own self doubt about their place in a society that no longer cares.

In terms of process, American Violence was about a two-year endeavor filled with grief, loss, love, hate, death, birth, addiction, strength, and weakness. All of the tracks on the album were demo’d time and time again over the course of writing, each time revealing more and more of the final pieces.

We purchased our own equipment and built up our jam space to complete the record how we wanted it, on our terms. This was a complete, DIY effort up until the mixing and mastering process which was handled by Derek Leisey and Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studio.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foes have been forced to cancel their West Coast U.S. tour dates which were booked in conjunction with the record’s release. New dates will be booked in the months ahead.

Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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