Saturday, November 30, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Crystal World by Marnie - Ladytron's Helen Marnie is really good. If you like Ladytron, I definitely would recommend checking out Crystal World. It is a good mix of pop and dance music.

Bad Case of Fabulous by Junksista - One of the late players in the game that I am just totally enjoying. I really love Diana's vocals and the way she delivers the often raunchy lyrics. Rarely do I listen to how the lyrics are delivered by a vocalist but in the case of Junksista, I have really taken noticed to them. Just take a listen to the song "Department Store". The lyrics on the entire album totally cracks me up. I love the band's raunchy sense of humor. Certainly one of my favorite 2013 releases.

Kamikakushi by MergingMoon

Kamikakushi was so well worth the $36 I shelled out for it. Thank you Anthony Bourdain for bringing this excellent metal band to my attention. They fucking rock! I know I have said it before and I will say it again...THIS BANDS NEEDS TO BE FUCKING SIGNED ASAP!!!!

Innocents by Moby - I love chilling out to the new Moby album.

Water to the Dead by Ego Likeness - This is my current favorite Ego Likeness album at the moment. The album has a couple of killer ballads that I absolutely adore "Wolves" and "Wayfaring Stranger".

Order of the Reptile by Ego Likeness - Excellent album. Need I say more? Ego Likeness definitely has become one of my personal favorite bands, especially after seeing them live a couple of weeks ago.

Showtime, Storytime by Nightwish

My copy of Showtime, Storytime arrived today. I will watch the live DVD tomorrow but the live CD is excellent. I finally got to hear Floor Jansen some of my favorite Nightwish songs from the Tarja era. I personally think Floor just nails the songs perfectly. Her voice is well suited with Tuomas' compositions. I hope Floor stays around for a long time. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Promidal

Last night I went to Club Underground to see some local live music. The show was put on by DSMN (DarkSide Minnesota) by my good friend Tracey Setterlund of Promidal/Static Image. The evening began with two local IDM acts LiesFromtheWolf and BetaEight. BTW...BetaEight is Daniel Bateman (of Promidal and OBCT fame). Both artists put on some interesting sets. Then about 10:45-11, Thought Thieves hit the stage. It had been awhile for me since I had last saw them. It was good seeing them live as always. Then around 11:30, Promidal hit the stage. I swear to god that band just keeps getting better and better with every live show I have seen them. Granted their set last night was tamer than their previous shows I had attended (probably due to the venue size and/or maybe rules) but that's okay. What really stood out for me was just how good they keep sounding live. These aren't the best pictures that I have ever taken but it is something to look at in case you couldn't make it to the show.
goth_maven's Terror on Tiki Island album on Photobucket


I also did capture one song from the band last night.

I love this band. They truly deserve to be heard outside the Twin Cities, let alone the state. Their sound is on par with some of my favorite aggrotech bands like Suicide Commando, Hocico, and Unter Null.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My current favorite songs

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am sure some of my readers will be heading out of town to visit family and gorge themselves on some food until they are in a food coma ;). I thought I would share my current favorite songs playlist before people would got out of town.

01. City of Dust by Diffuzion
02. Return by Bruderschaft (featuring Tom Shears)
03. Freedom From Religion by Sensuous Enemy
04. Victim of Ritual by Tarja
05. For My Lorraine by Blume
06. Wolves by Ego Likeness
07. The Fountain of Clouds by Kirlian Camera
08. Stars by Solitary Experiments
09. Love is Strange by Wolfsheim
10. Ghost Love Score (Live) by Nightwish

Monday, November 25, 2013

Jam of the Week: Parralox's "Eye In The Sky"

Since I didn't do Jam of the Week last week since there wasn't a particular song that was stuck in my head, I will make it up with my current favorite song Parralox's infectious version of "Eye in the Sky". I absolutely love this version.

The song is really damn catchy. And just for the hell of it, here is the original version by The Alan Parsons Project. I think it goes without saying that I prefer Parralox's version :P.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Office Playlist of the Week

Yep, it's another fun-filled week at the office. Meh! Better to be employed than unemployed for sure. Here is some of the music I plan on listening to this week along with the music I got from the Ego Likeness show last weekend.

Tarja: Colours in the Dark


MergingMoon: Kamikakushi

Finally got the MergingMoon in the mail this past Friday. I absolutely love it. Definitely worth every single penny I shelled out for it. I think this is my favorite metal album of 2013, and definitely one of my favorite releases from this year in general. This band so needs to get signed ASAP!!!!

The Frozen Autumn: Chirality

Curve: Way of Curve




David Bowie: The Next Day

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks [Deluxe Edition]

In Strict Confidence: Utopia

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Some food for thought: some new discoveries from Japan

This past week I had discovered the Japanese cyberpunk band Baal. It all began when I went online to Metropolis Records and came across the band's upcoming 2014 release Shurado. My curiosity was quickly piqued and I quickly headed over to youtube. The first video I saw by Baal was this live performance for "The Hardliner".

I was completely awestruck by what I saw and heard. The more Baal clips I found on youtube, the more impressed I was with their sound. Being Asian-American female, I really love the fact that the band is Asian and that their lead singer is a woman and one hell of a singer too. I really love it when women are venturing more into the harsher style of singing in industrial music. Not that I don't like the cleaner vocals (which I adore),I find it immensely empowering when women are as aggressive singers as the guys are.

Tonight I decided to see if I could scrounge up some more goth/industrial bands from Japan (a country that rarely gets mentioned in our little music scene, usually Europe, North America, and Latin America gets most of the attention). I came across this old thread on Violent Playground on Japanese industrial bands. It didn't take me very long that got my undivided attention.



2 Bullet
2 Bullet bandcamp page


Valkilly


Psydoll



Unfortunately Schwarz Stein is no more but I thought I would still share their music.
Harshrealm


Velvet Eden




You might wonder why I didn't mention Malice Mizer, GPKism, Blood, or Dir En Grey. To be honest, that would have been too obvious. I wanted to go for the really obscure bands. I was only able to find as much info on a few bands as possible, and unfortunate quite a few haven't updated their Facebook pages in a few years which makes me wonder if they are still together. Truth be told the purpose of tonight's blog really is to show that there is more to our little scene than what is coming out of North America, Europe, and latin America.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My favorite songs of 2013 [so far]

Tonight I decided to start putting together a playlist of my favorite songs from this year. Some of the songs are singles, and some are not. You can take a listen to what I have put together here.

01. "Runaway" - Noblesse Oblige
02. "If I Was" - VNV Nation
03. "Paradise (What About Us)" - Within Temptation featuring Tarja Turunen
04. "Annabel" - Goldfrapp
05. "Eye In The Sky" - Parralox
06. "Nuvole" - Syrian
07. "You Walk Away" - Blutengel
08. "Ghosts" - Front Line Assembly
09. "Life is Unfair (and Love is a Bitch)" - Junksista
10. "Voices of Devotion" - Alkemic Generator
11. "This Means War" - Sleepthief featuring Joanna Stevens

This playlist barely scratches the surface to all the great songs I have heard this year. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Albums I am or was currently listening to

Ego Likeness: Water to the Dead


Ego Likeness: Order of the Reptile

While at the Ego Likeness concert on Sunday night, I picked up the two new versions of Water to the Dead and Order of the Reptile. Best damn $30 I spent my money on. Absolutely love both albums.

Sensuous Enemy: Voyager - Okay I couldn't resist this morning before work and had to listen to the new album on Spotify HOWEVER I just put in an order for a physical copy of the album via Nilaihah Records. You can find the link on the label's Facebook page. As for teh album, all I can say is I was not disappointed at all.

THYX: Below the City - Earlier this week I was checking out the latest THYX album. I can't say I was terribly impressed. It sounded no different from any of Mind.in.a.Box's albums. It wasn't bad but it just wasn't memorable. I really wanted to get into the music but it sounded all the same.

Alkemic Generator: The Oniric Geometry - I discovered this band via Nilaihah Records on their FB page, namely the music video for "Voices of Devotion". I highly recommend checking out Alkemic Generator. I really dig their sound.

Peaches: I Feel Cream - Lately I have been digging the electroclash sounds of Peaches which is funny I used to not care for her music years ago. I am particularly enjoying her 2009 album I Feel Cream. A few weeks ago I came across the music video for "Talk to Me" and I found myself watching/listening to the song over and over again.

Before I forget, while at the Ego Likeness show on Sunday I picked up a copy of Ficshe's music. It is fabulous. You can hear her music on her youtube channel. You can find them at her shows. To keep in touch with her and up to date with what she is up to, you can find her on Facebook.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2013 releases that I have listened to this year

Today I decided to start compiling my list of albums released this year that I had listened to, this in turn will make my job of putting my best of 2013 albums list easier for me. Granted the list isn't going to come out until early 2014 but considering how much new music I listen to every freaking month, I seriously need to get started on my list. I got a lot of work to do on my best of list. The list I am posting is just a general list. It will include the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let me tell you I have found a few turkeys this year.

Absolute Grrrls Manifesto Chapter 1
Amduscia - Filofobia
Arven - Black is the Colour
Ayria - Plastic Makes Perfect
Benedictines of Saint Mary Queen of Apostles - Angels and Saints of Ephesus
Berlin - Animal
Blume - Autumn Ruins
Blutengel - Monument
Butcher Babies - Goliath
Covenant - Leaving Babylon
DJ SLT - Kradis
Ego Likeness - The Order of the Reptile [re-release]
Ego Likeness - Water to the Dead [re-release]
Faun - Von Den Elben
Front Line Assembly - Echogenetic
Geodesique - Hologram
Ghost and Writer - Red Flags
Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
Gospel Gossip - S/T
Gravity Soundtrack
Helalyn Flowers - White Me In/Black Me Out
Io Echo - Ministry of Love
Junksista - Bad Case of Fabulous
Juno Reactor - The Golden Sun of the Great East
Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choirs
KMFDM - KUNST
Lady Gaga - Artpop
Marsheaux - Inhale
Moby - Innocents
Mr.Kitty - Life
Noblesse Oblige - Affair of the Heart
Sarah Brightman - Dreamchaser
Sirenia - Perils of the Deep
Skinny Puppy - Weapon
Solitary Experiments - Phenomena
Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks
Syrian - Death of a Sun
Tarja - Colours in the Dark
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
The Bellwether Syndicate - Night Watch
Tristania - Darkest White
VNV Nation - Transnational

I wasn't sure whether to include the two Ego Likeness re-releases but I decided since they included new versions of "Aviary", "Save Your Serpent", "16 Miles" and "Water to the Dead", I decided to include them. What the hell why not? LOL! I am holding out for the actual copy of Sensuous Enemy's new album Voyager. Sorry but this old girl wants a CD, not a download :P. Still waiting for my copy of the new MergingMoon album to arrive in my mail from Japan. Also the new Nightwish album Showtime,Storytime doesn't come out until the end of the month (I ordered my copy via Nightwish's store). Until then, I am glad to have gotten my list started so I know which albums will end up on my best of list.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ego Likeness with Servitor, Ficshe and Gabriel and The Apocalypse at Ground Zero

Last concert for 2013 from Kilted Farmers Koncert has come and gone. Unfortunately it went by way too quickly. Last night the band Ego Likeness performed at Ground Zero nightclub with Servitor, Ficshe, with two local opening acts Gabriel and the Apocalypse. You can find several pictures on my instagram account which I tweeted live last night. And here is my slide show of the show.
goth_maven's Ego Likeness with Servitor album on Photobucket
I also got some video footage of the show too.






It was a fun show last night. I had the opportunity to help out Courie Bishop of Ficshe to work at her merchandise table as a favor for a good friend of mine. I was more than to happy to do it. Ficshe is one of my favorite local acts. Her music is a mix of industrial and trip hop music. Really good stuff. As a reward, I was able to take home a copy of her CD which is very good. So if you see Ficshe's name mentioned online at an upcoming show, go see her. She is fantastic.

Servitor followed Ficshe. His set of tribal rhythms was awesome. A highly energetic entertaining show. One of these days I definitely will get around to buying his album.

Gabriel and the Apocalypse was next. They performed a couple of new tracks from their upcoming EP. Normally I like GATA but I really wasn't feeling their music, plus I was more stoked about Ego Likeness, who has become one of my personal favorite bands in recent years. I guess I wasn't feeling the new material that night. Still unlike one person who griped on FB about the opening acts sucking (except for Servitor...yeah, like KFK put that bill together in hopes of pleasing her :::eyes rolling:::). Unfortunately after GATA's set, I have noticed that their fans also left the club. I will say this about last night's show, the numbers were disappointing. I was hoping more people would show up but alas they did not and this show was an early show. Show ended about 11.

That said...EGO LIKENESS! That band totally tore the stage up. I was definitely impressed with the amount of energy the band put into their live set. As much as I love listening to Donna on CD, her recorded vocals don't really do her justice as opposed to her powerful vocals when she is performing live. I really liked how she made eye contact with audience members. I had the opportunity to chat with both Donna and Steve before and after the show. I must say they rank as two of my favorite musicians I have had the joy of meeting and chatting with in person.

Despite the disappointing numbers, I had a blast last night at Ground Zero. The long ass wait was so worth it as was the 15 minute walk home in the barely above freezing temperatures. If Ego Likeness comes to your town, I definitely recommend going to their show. They are good people and excellent musicians. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

My current favorite songs

Here is my latest Spotify playlist featuring my favorite songs at the moment.

01. Paradise (What About Us?) by Within Temptation featuring Tarja Turunen
02. Tide by The Foreign Resort
03. Speak No Evil by Detroit Diesel
04. This Means War (Jamie Myerson remix) - by Sleepthief featuring Joanna Stevens
05. Christiana Obey by Republica
06. Only This Moment by Royskopp
07. Voices of Devotion by Alkemic Generator
08. Life is Unfair (and Love is a Bitch) by Junksista
09. Love They Say by Tegan and Sara
10. The Lonely Night by Moby featuring Mark Lanegan
11. Sirens of the Sea by Sensuous Enemy
12. The Oceans Besides Us by Ego Likeness
13. Forever and More by In Strict Confidence

Friday, November 15, 2013

Jam of the Week: Nightwish's Storytime

I totally realized today that I hadn't posted my favorite song of the week. This week's Jam of the Week is Nightwish's "Storytime", the live version that will be featured on their upcoming Showtime, Storytime 2 CD/DVD/Blu-Ray set featuring the band's new singer Floor Jansen of ReVamp and formerly of After Forever.

I am totally digging Floor Jansen as the band's full time singer. She is what the band needed after the departure of Tarja. Anette was okay but her vocals just wasn't suited for the Tuomas' compositions. Still I did like her version of "Storytime" as well. It is such a catchy tune. I definitely plan on keeping an eye on Anette's solo career.


The more I have watched youtube clips of Floor performing with Nightwish, I have become more convinced she is the right singer for the band post-Tarja. I refuse to say who is/was better singer between Tarja and Floor. I believe Nightwish is in a new chapter of their career with Floor. I wish some of the Nightwish fans would stop being a bunch of whiny douchebags and get over the fact that Tarja is not in the band anymore. Just stop your bitching.

Anyways, I am excited about Showtime, Storytime. I pre-ordered the cd/dvd version with a t-shirt from the Nightwish store. I was so disappointed that the band didn't hit Minneapolis when they were touring for Imaginaerum so the live album/DVD will be the closest thing for me to having seen them with Floor.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

More new videos

This week has been a really great week for new music videos. Tonight I am featuring Alkemic Generator's Voices of Devotion and Parralox's version of Eye in the Sky. I really like both of the songs/videos. Check 'em out!



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ego Likeness with Servitor, Ficshe and Gabriel and The Apocalypse at Ground Zero 11.17.13

If you have not heard or read about it...the band Ego Likeness will be performing at Ground Zero nightclub this coming Sunday night. They are touring with Servitor. Local acts Ficshe and Gabriel and the Apocalypse will be opening the show. You can find all the gory details about the show on the Ego Likeness Facebook event.

In honor of the event, I thought I would share with my readers links featuring the bands performing on 11/17.

Interview with Ego Likeness

Ficshe:




Gabriel and The Apocalypse:




Servitor:




Ego Likeness:

I am going to let that concert footage from last year's DragonCon speak for the wonderfulness of Ego Likeness :).

I do hope that many people in the Twin Cities will make it to this show. Or at the very least share the news. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Bellwether Syndicate with The Foreign Resort and UZZA

Well another concert has come and gone. Last night was the Chicago band The Bellwether Syndicate with the Danish band The Foreign Resort and local band UZZA. While the numbers at Ground Zero didn't exactly match the numbers of this summer's old school Combichrist show (which would be putting it mildly), the show was nevertheless a lot of fun. If you didn't know The Bellwether Syndicate is the new project from Faith and the Muse's William Faith along with Sarah Rose, Philly Peroxide and Mike Skull rounding out the line up. And as if you didn't already need an introduction, The Foreign Resort is touring with the states with The Bellwether Syndicate. Local band UZZA started off the night with a compelling 30 minute set. Here are photos from last night's show. I have tweeted some live shots via instagram on my Twitter and FB pages.

goth_maven's TBS with The Foreign Resort and UZZA album on Photobucket


If that isn't enough here are videos that I recorded last night.







Saturday, November 9, 2013

5 Local artists/ bands to look out for

Last night I went out to Club Underground to see some local industrial acts. I had a blast. It got me thinking that I need to write about some local bands that I think people should keep an eye out for in the coming years.

01. Hydrah - while her music is not industrial or synthpop, I think her music is fantastic. I saw Hydrah earlier this year at 7th Street Entry. Little did I know that would trigger my venture back into mainstream dance music.

02. Dance Assault - I saw Carson Befus (aka Dance Assault) for the first time at Cause last month with Geodesique and Dichotomy. Another great local EDM artist to keep one's eye out for in the coming years.

03. Absynthe of Faith - Absynthe of Faith is a new band that I have seen perform live 3 times in the past few months. After seeing them live last night, I think the band is starting to find its groove. I wasn't really sure what to think of them the first time I saw them however I decided to chalk it up to the fact that they were a new band and needs to work out whatever kinks they had and to grow with every performance. Last night's show has really demonstrated that Absynthe of Faith is a band to watch out for in the local goth/industrial scene.

04. Promidal - easily my favorite [local]industrial band. If you like early Skinny Puppy and Suicide Commando, you will totally dig Promidal. Their live shows is fucking awesome. Very visual to say the very least. Their newt show is on November 27 at Club Underground.

05. Glean - I admit it, I am little biased by mentioning my good friend Brooke's band Glean in my blog entry ;). I do think what I have heard on their reverbnation page their music is very good. They should be putting out an EP sometime next month. No confirmed date but I definitely will post it when I find out about it.

Edit:
I have totally forgot to mention F.T.C earlier this afternoon. I should note that due to personal conflicts in his life Jesse had to put F.T.C on a temporary hold. Nevertheless, once he gets back into music I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out on F.T.C. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My current favorite songs

Here is my latest playlist of my favorite songs that I am currently digging. In case any of my readers don't use Spotify, here is the actual list.

01. Department Store by Junksista
02. Storytime by Nightwish
03. Just Another Day by Mikro
04. Epiphany by Solitary Experiments
05. Lose You by Peaches
06. Take a Walk by The Foreign Resort
07. It's the Way by Berlin
08. Teleconnect 2 by VNV Nation
09. We Fly by Future Perfect
10. Every Time by Sixth June
11.  The Last Day by Moby
12. The Great Electrifier by Noblesse Oblige
13. Destroy Me by Marsheaux

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

MergingMoon

Last weekend on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Tokyo episode, I was introduced to a really excellent Japanese thrash metal band called MergingMoon. I don't say this very often but my ass was kicked when I saw/heard their music on the show. After the show, I went online to check out more of their music. My ears totally melted by the time I went to bed. Why this band is not signed is anybody's guess. It is a crime if you ask me that this band does not have a record deal. Just check out the clips I have posted here. I really do hope that some record label that specializes in heavy metal music will sign this band to a record deal. This band deserves to be seen and heard.







You can find out more about my new favorite band at the following links:
https://www.facebook.com/mergingmoon 
https://twitter.com/MergingMoon 
http://www.last.fm/music/MergingMoon

P.S...please don't compare them with Evanescence. In fact don't compare ANY female fronted [gothic] metal band with Evanescence. Bands like Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, and Within Temptation were putting out good quality gothic metal long before Evanescence (whose music really is not metal, maybe hard rock). Don't get me wrong, I like their first album (and the only album I like) and I don't think they are a bad band but the comparisons to Evanescence is really insulting and disingenuous. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My jam of the week: Junksista's Life is Unfair (And Love is a Bitch)

New weekly series. To start it off, here is my favorite song of the week "Life is Unfair (And Love is a Bitch" by Junksista.

I am so digging this song. Such a fun, catchy song. I love singing along to the song. I definitely plan on getting their new album Bad Case of Fabulous eventually (already spent a gob load of money on a couple of imports over the weekend). In the meantime I have been listening to the group's music on Spotify. Absolutely adore their sound. I definitely recommend checking them out. This band rocks!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Office Playlist of the Week

It's that time again. Time to choose what albums I want to listen to at work for the week.

Electronica:
Innocents by Moby
Play by Moby
Ray of Light by Madonna
Animal by Berlin
Tales of Us by Goldfrapp

Alternative:
III by Shiny Toy Guns
Synthetica by Metric
Marrow 1 by I:Scintilla

Metal:
Vixen by Vixen
Imaginaerum by Nightwish
Fire Within by Lullacry
Volume 4 by Lullacry
Dreams in Formaline by Omega Lithium

EBM/Industrial/Synthpop:
Epsilon Minus by Epsilon Minus
Corruption by The Azoic
Casting Shadows by Wolfsheim
Life by Mr.Kitty
Psychotherapy by Die Braut
Transnational by VNV Nation
Autumn Ruins by Blume

Saturday, November 2, 2013

My interview with The Foreign Resort

Now here is a real treat for my blog readers...my first interview. This past week I had the immense pleasure to chat with the Danish post-punk band The Foreign Resort. If you haven't heard of the band before, you know now. The Danish quartet is about to tour Holland, the US, and Denmark. Here in the US, the band will be touring with Chicago post-punk band The Bellwether Syndicate. Although this is my first time interviewing a band, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to help promote their 11/9 show at Ground Zero (Minneapolis, MN).

TCU: For those in America who might not be familiar with The Foreign Resort, how did you and your bandmates meet?

TFR: Henrik, Morten and I know each other from way back. We played in death metal bands from two different cities and played a couple of shows together. We stayed in touch and years later when we all moved to Copenhagen we got together one by one as The Foreign Resort. Rehearsed a lot and released our first album "Offshore" in 2009 (2010 in USA).

TCU: Does anyone in the band have formal training in music or did all of you just taught yourselves?

TFR: I went to drum school for a while but guitar was self taught. Henrik went to classical guitar school but quit because he preferred AC/DC's guitar sound (hence all the noise).Morten went from death metal drumming across jazz to the drummer he is today. Patrick has been training licks and was a big fan of Jeff Beck's fast playing. At the same time he is very inspired by Peter Hook.

TCU: How is the creative songwriting process is handled in the band? Is there one primary songwriter and the rest contributes to the arrangements of the music? Or does everyone contribute to both lyrics and arrangements?

TFR: Usually I come up with demos recorded on the computer at home. Some are more finished than others. Orange Glow is from a jam whereas Take a Walk is exactly like the demo. Usually every member contributes to the style of the song. Henrik and I have a different style of playing and Morten adds a more lively groove to the beat, which changes the songs' expression. So all in all a collective process.

TFR: Oh, and I write the lyrics with some co-writing from Morten here and there.

TCU: I have been really enjoying your music lately. I definitely can hear your musical influences shine through naturally without trying. Is this the sound you guys had in mind when you started The Foreign Resort?

TFR: The original idea was to be a noisy as well as a 80s melodic band but it took us a while to get where we felt comfortable and confident. Our debut was intended more noisy and it wasn't until after going through several delay, reverb, fuzz and chorus pedals that we ended up with the guitar sound on our 2011-EP. At the same time we simplified our expression to make our sound more spacious while under somewhat control. It gets out of hand at times with fuzz and feedback but that's what we like too.

TCU: You recently released a new single called Dead End Roads from your next album. When can fans expect a new album from the band?

TFR: We're aiming at March 2014.

TCU: In the meantime you are just about ready to go tour the US with Chicago band The Bellwether Syndicate. Will you be showing off any new material you are working on?

TFR: If you refer to the new album, definitely! We will play 4 or 5 songs. We have new material in the works past the Fryer-recordings but it is not ready for a show yet. I think our sound goes very well with that of Bellwether Syndicate. We met them at a night club when we played in Chicago last year. About six months ago Faith and I got back in touch and started planning the tour. We are really excited to be going on tour with them in cities we haven't played before. Its always good to meet new good people and see new places! One of the touring benefits.

TCU: Have you toured the US before?

TFR: Yes. This will be our 8th US tour. Not covering the entire US every time so instead we play for 17 days straight, sometimes two shows a day, covering as much ground as we can. At SXSW we would play up to four shows in one day, but we feel that when we set the locomotive, that is a US tour, in motion, we need to get as much of it as possible. This time we have two days off in 17 days and both those days are reserved for video shoot in LA. So not really any days off, but we love it!

TCU: Do you have any favorite cities that you like to visit here in the US?

TFR: That's gonna take some discussion. A lot of favorites ;).

TCU: LOL! Well about is there any cities on this upcoming tour that you haven't visited before?

TFR: Regarding favorite cities, it depends whether we are talking about playing a show or the feel of a city. They are numerous and we keep getting fascinated by skylines.

It will be our first time in Minneapolis and in the state of Minnesota!

There are a lot of new cities on this tour: Denver, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, not to forget St. Louis, which Morten is very happy about! Being the home town of Miles Davis got him very excited!

TCU: I think you will like Minneapolis a lot with the skylines. LOL! Since you have toured the states quite a bit, you must be used to the food that America has to offer (some of it not being so great, much less considered "food"...hahaha). Do you ever miss your favorite foods in Denmark while in the US?

TFR: We looking forward to see the city! We all love American food! We're aware it is not super healthy but we eat burgers almost every day of a tour. They are just better in the States.

All that said, at times I do miss my ryebread with our weird meat spread and sausages to put on. Smørrebrød, as we call it.

TCU: I think if there was one food that the US does the best, it has to be burgers. I have heard of Smorrebrod. Probably from watching Bizarre Foods on The Travel Channel. lol.

When on tour, do you guys get any time to get in a little sightseeing?

TFR: We try to see as much of every city we play in. We went on the architectural boat ride in Chicago, up to the top of Rockefeller Plaza and walked across the Hoover Dam, but I never saw the Statue of Liberty up close and never went to Disneyland.

And we ran the steps of Rocky in Philadelphia :).

TCU: Minneapolis has some interesting museums if you guys are into that sort of stuff. There is also that big old tourist trap which I call the Mall of America out in Bloomington. Has an amusement park inside.

Finally, one last question. What can audiences expect from The Foreign Resort live?

TFR: In short: a blast! We have a lot of energy on stage and love to play. It is funny how small shows sometimes feel way better. The intimate atmosphere and the interaction with the audience is cool. Large settings is a different story but nothing beats a big applause after you finish a song.

TCU: I can hardly wait. After listening to your music for the last few weeks, I am excited to see the band perform live. Thank you so much for taking your time out of band rehearsals to chat with me.

TFR: Thanks so much!

Looking forward to meet you next week!

To find out more about The Foreign Resort, you can find them at the following links below:
The Foreign Resort Facebook page
The Foreign Resort Bandcamp page
The Foreign Resort SoundCloud page
The Foreign Resort Twitter page
The Foreign Resort Last FM page
The Foreign Resort Myspace page
The Foreign Resort ReverbNation page

Finally here is the Facebook event for the 11/09 show. Remember it is an early show. Doors at 7pm, Music at 7:30pm.