For Fans Of: Circa Survive / Black Foxxes / Balance & Composure
With only three songs to their name, Foreign Bodies are attesting to the old equation of quality > quantity. The band, who have only been together for over a year and found their beginnings in Arizona, is fronted by former Far Away Stables singer, Brendan Sheargold who injects every vocal with ample emotion, taking the reins on songwriting as the rest of the band go about creating captivating melodies. We chat to them about the band’s origin, how this project is different and new music.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
Nathan: Foreign Bodies is an alternative band based in Tempe, Arizona. We’ve been together for a little over a year now, so we’re still a relatively new band, which is exciting. Most of us have been making music together over the last several years with other projects, so we feel like we’ve hit the ground running in terms of gelling as Foreign Bodies and writing music we enjoy. I wish we had a more interesting story about the origin of our band name. After probably weeks of sending mostly bad ideas back and forth in our group chat, our guitar player AJ suggested “foreign bodies.” We all thought that was solid enough, so it stuck. That, or we were just tired of going back and forth…
Brendan was in Far Away Stables before. How is this project different from that?
Brendan: While the two bands reside in different sub-genres, for me the biggest difference between them is that, with FAS, bassist Tim Byles wrote the majority of the lyrics. I was always able to connect with and portray that emotion, however, as the sole lyricist for Foreign Bodies, these songs are deeply personal to me.
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
Nathan: Sort of? I vaguely remember hearing a lot of 70s and 80s rock in the back of my mom’s old suburban when I was super young.
AJ: First memory is my grandpa telling me not to touch his guitar. Or my first concert: CKY.
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Nathan: That’s tough. Obviously we’d love to tour with/open for any of the bands we included in our playlist. We’re also all big fans of pretty much everything that Will Yip has produced. So working with him on a record would probably be our dream collaboration, if that counts.
You have a couple of songs available already, can we expect more this year?
Nathan: Yes! We actually just wrapped up a studio session with local producer Cory Spotts (The Maine, BlessTheFall, Greeley Estates) about a week ago. We recorded two new songs that we’re hoping to share within the next few months. It’s still being mixed, but we’re super stoked with how that is sounding so far. We also have a previously recorded single called “Seance Dream” that we will be releasing before then, so keep your eyes peeled.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Nathan: Only nerds don’t like pineapple on pizza. That sweet and salty juxtaposition of flavor is *chef’s kiss*.
Rising to the challenge, Foreign Bodies have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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