EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs are one of the most exciting, up and coming British country/Americana acts on the scene right now. With some hugely impressive support slots over the last couple of years, the Bristol-based duo will release their eagerly-anticipated new single ‘Faded’ this Friday.

Here we speak exclusively to Foreign Affairs to discuss all things ‘Faded’:

Your new single Faded will be released November 9th, what can fans expect from the track?
We definitely feel we achieved a depth and level of Intensity with “Faded” that we had not reached before with our music. It’s a strong opening statement for our new record and we feel like it will grab the attention of the listener!   

Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the song?
“Faded” felt like an “end of the world” type song for us, it’s one of reflection and writing about something bigger than day to day life. “I ain’t been everywhere my friend, but I’ve seen the leaves fall of the trees, they grow back again”. We wanted the opening line to suggest a growth and maturity of the band, like we’d been away for a while.

How did you approach the writing process for the single?
This was the first time we’d ever built a track at the same time as writing it. We were using GarageBand to layer up the instrumentation and vocals almost at the same pace as we writing the words and chords themselves. I think this is reflected in the depth of sounds you can hear in the chorus’ especially.

What do you hope fans take from the track?
It’s been a while since our fans had new music from us, they’ve waited patiently and now we just want them to enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. 

Along with releasing your new single, you’ve also been busy performing at C2C etc what were those experiences like?
The live shows have been amazing, it’s given us an opportunity to grow our fanbase throughout the U.K. in an organic way, we’ve been able to meet and talk to so many people that have enjoyed our music and at the same time we feel that touring gave us the time to find the exact sound we wanted to transfer onto recordings. 

Being a British country act how excited have you been by the rise of homegrown country?
It’s been great to see and be a part of the growth of Country music in the U.K. It’s such an honest form of music, usually telling such relatable stories which people can connect with!

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the current scene?
Our music has always crossed different genres because ultimately we’ve written what we like without too much thought into where it will sit. There are influences coming from Americana, Country, Blues and even classical. It’s hard for us to define, we’ll leave that up to you guys!

Are the any Brit Country acts you’d like to work with?

We’ve come across Jade Bird recently, what a voice. It would be brilliant to work with her. We’ve also played alongside The Wandering Hearts a few times this year, we’re really enjoying their sound.

Can we expect to see you touring in the near future? 
Off the back of the record release, we’re putting together our own headline shows which we will be announcing shortly! (All details will be on our social media)

When can we expect your new album? 
“Faded” is the first single from our forthcoming record “The Old Fire Station” which will be released on November 30th. We have already started writing/demoing songs for a full album release next year!

Make sure you follow Foreign Affairs on Twitter @AffairsAffairs to keep up to date with all their latest music and tour news!

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