Joey Frendo // Lead Vocals
Geoffrey Kartes // Cello / Vocals
Jared Meeuwenberg // Guitar
Cameron Barber // Bass / Banjo
Ricky Olmos // Keyboard
Brandon Hanes // Drums
With the release of the first full length album, Undone Bird, Watching For Foxes brings new elements to a classic genre. Lush with beautiful progressions, a roots folk feel, and big choruses, the album boasts the aesthetic of indie folk anthems. Although the songs are diverse from one and other, there is a glue that holds the record together much like a concept album. Most importantly, the band never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single and title track, “Undone Bird” is a neo-folk track that, like the rest of the album, tells a story that comes from a very real place.
“Undone Bird is about the unity of our flawed design. Even though we are all imperfect, we all have people who love us and care about us and we are able to keep living and doing what we love. Everyone has a place to call their own, to call home; this song is about our journey in finding that on the road, as a band.” Explains the band of their single.
Although the single speaks volumes for the Album, to get a real understanding of the band, it should be heard in its entirety.
”We started out playing sad, indie-folk songs. They were simple and definitely more derivative of neo-folk traditions; we drew a lot from contemporary folk artists like Mumford and Sons and cats like that. We still love that music, but as our line-up grew and solidified, we were able to included many more of our diverse influences and make a sound that we like to think is all our own. We have elements of roots rock, folk-rock, and indie-rock in our sound, and I think we've created a really cool little niche for ourselves that will serve us well in the future; more importantly, it reflects who we all are, and who inspires us, in a much more complete way.” Says the band their evolution.
Starting as a three piece band, Watching For Foxes consisted of friends that grew up together in Fremont, MI rehearsing in a vacant high school. The band started performing live in early 2014 and continued on touring the Midwest. Wanting to create a bigger sound live, they soon began looking for additional players. After going through some line-up changes, the band finally locked in their members and have been together ever since.
Watching For Foxes released two EP’s while they were still operating as a three piece band, and shortly after, released their single “Two Lovers”. The Undone Bird album will be the bands first actual release with their finalized full band line up.
Undone Bird is set to be released in early April and the band continues to gig incessantly throughout Michigan and the Midwest in support of their upcoming album release. Having shared the stage with the likes of Langhorne Slim, Larry and His Flask, Joseph, Saintseneca, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and Knox Hamilton, the band fell in love with the performing live pretty quickly and obviously feel comfortable putting themselves out there as story tellers to those who will listen.
As the band themselves put it, “We love playing music together, and we want this to be our entrance into doing music for a living; we work really hard at what we do. Our songs yearn to be heard, to tell our stories, and inspire others to do the same!”
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