Johnny Foreigner Band

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by matthaber, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    ok everyone, their fifth LP is done being mixed, so its only a matter of time before we have that in our hands. Figured I'd start a thread now and get the hype going and hopefully introduce more people to what I consider the greatest band of all time.

    Id try and describe their sound but I don't think it would do them any justice. While you can clearly hear their influences in some spots (any midwestern emo band, pavement), I've always thought they transcended genres in the way that no one really sounds like them at all.

    I could honestly talk about this band for ages (started to right a post about them in the "albums that changed your life" thread but it became too long) so i'll just end this post now with a sample of some of their songs so this isn't filled with an essay on why I love them so much.







     
  2. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    Their first record is real special to me
     
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  3. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    Id say their first album is almost too good. It seems they were able to gain a lot of hype as a band when it came out, but were never able to really follow it up. They've been stuck in obscurity ever since then. They have a very dedicate group of fans, but have not been able to gain anymore since then sadly.

    Its crazy though how well that album holds up. I've probably listen to it at least once a week for like 6/7 years now, and still haven't gotten bored of any songs.
     
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  5. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    It was a year ago today (I think that was BWM fest last year, or at least it's this week last year) i first listened to it, haha. Love it so much
     
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  6. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    The first time I ever heard them was when they opened for Los Campesinos! years ago and I walked away from their set completely shattered. I had never seen a human being play guitar like that before. Theres actually a youtube video from that toronto set and whenever I need a good cry I just watch it and crumble to nostalgia.

    Have you checked out anything past that album yet? Cause I really do think the band shines the most on a lot of their EP's where they are a lot more stripped down.
     
  7. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    I have, just not too much, and it hasn't stuck with me as much. gotta listen more though
     
  8. unbornwhiskey

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    Johnny Foreigner Vs. Everything is their masterpiece
     
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  9. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    i can get behind that statement. Pretty much showcases everything they can do as a band.
     
  10. cwhit

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  11. unbornwhiskey

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    YES YES YES YES YES YES YESSSS
     
  12. matthaber May 17, 2016
    (Last edited: May 17, 2016)
    matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    I have a special feeling about this album. The previews they have been posting on Instagram for past year have been incredible.
     
  13. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    as if i couldnt love this band anymore...

     
  14. ugman_2000

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    Such a great band, I love everything have released to date. I can't wait for the new album, You Can Do Better was such and amazing album. Also I have so many JoFo t-shirts now it's getting ridiculous but god damn I love their designs.
     
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  15. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    I've been thinking about getting a tattoo of something Johnny Foreigner related so in right there with you on loving their art style ahaha
     
  16. Aregala

    Blistering Guitar Lead

    so I just started listening to this band last night and holy fuck where has this been all my life
     
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  17. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    what album you start with??
     
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  18. Aregala Jul 9, 2017
    (Last edited: Jul 9, 2017)
    Aregala

    Blistering Guitar Lead

    I went with Vs. Everything which blew me out of the water. Such a staggering achievement. I've been bopping around here and there with some of their other albums, but it's mostly Vs. Everything that I keep coming back to, especially since it's such a recent obsession haha
     
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  19. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    ahhh amazing. Vs. Everything is totally their "magnum opus". I find it pieces together literally everything they can do, acting as a perfect showcase of their sound/talents. Previous to that album it always felt like, the LP's is where they'd do their indie-power pop sound, then the EP's they would experiment with the more slowed down/bedroom pop tunes. VS. is the first time they were able to piece those two sounds together to make a perfect flowing album.

    Glad someone was able to discover it recently, as its probably one of my all time fav albums.
     
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  20. Aregala

    Blistering Guitar Lead

    I can honestly see it becoming one of THOSE albums for me, and I've only had it in my life for ~3 days, so I gotta try and not be hyperbolic lol

    That's interesting what you're saying about Vs. Everything mixing the sound of the EPs and the first two LPs, which now after diving deeper into that stuff I completely agree with.

    I know the debut is revered, but so far that's the one I've connected least to, but I'm sure that'll change over subsequent listens
     
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  21. Aregala

    Blistering Guitar Lead

    just bought Vs. Everything off an ebay auction lol
     
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  22. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    the vinyl copy? The whole album was remastered for that release, and it sounds SO good
     
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  23. Aregala

    Blistering Guitar Lead

    yes! I couldn't find it anywhere and someone was selling it for $5 so I had to jump on that
     
  24. lettersandnumbers

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  26. RyanRyan

    faint metronome on my left side

    I live in the same city as these. Or at least I used to. Regularly bumped into Alex, and he sells merch at The Barclaycard Arena sometimes, so I’d often gush about his band to him whenever I’d be buying merch haha. Adore this band, and I will never be convinced Hennings Favourite isn’t their best song. In all the times I’ve seen them, they’ve only played it once. But it was brilliant. So sick to see people stateside enjoy them.
     
  27. lettersandnumbers

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    Hennings Favourite was their best song for about 18 months before He Awoke On A Beach In Aberystwyth changed music forever