Many of you have asked… and so I have decided to offer my album “Windows in the Sky” on vinyl again! This vinyl is of a different color, a deep turquoise with splatters, and it is truly stunning! The jacket is also different, and so is the insert that comes with it. Both are hand-printed using the lathe cut technique! It is available in limited quantity, so make sure you won’t wait too long!
I am glad to announce that I will be playing a show at the Reeperbahn Music Festival in Hamburg on September 19 & 21. Presented by CIMA, it will be the first time in 5 years that I am going back to Germany for a concert, and I am really looking forward to it!
More concerts should be announced soon!
ROCK FEST POUR LA SANTÉ MENTALE AUGUST 10, 2019
It is with deep regret that we need to inform you that Alex Henry Foster’s concert scheduled on August 10 during the Rock Fest pour la Santé Mentale needs to be canceled due to Alex’s poor health. He has been battling a bacteria since coming back from Tangier, Morocco, last Monday, which has prompted his doctors to urge him to refrain from getting on stage or do any public appearances before being fully healed.
In over 12 years of career, it is the first time that we must cancel a concert. This time, the disappointment is even more heartbreaking for Alex Henry Foster and the band members as they are close friends with the organizers of the festival and fierce advocates of the cause. Their hearts are with the organizers, volunteers, and fans who make of the festival such a unique and singular event.
While there will be no concert, Jeff, Sef, Ben, Moose & Miss Isabel will be at the festival this Saturday to join what will be a wonderful celebration of life creating life and to support & raise awareness for the cause of mental health.
Please be assured that we will keep you updated with Alex’s health condition and that we will convey your wishes and words of support to him.
– Alex Henry Foster, the members of Your Favorite Enemies and the team of Hopeful Tragedy Records
Really honored to say that I will be playing my next concert at the Rock Fest pour la Santé Mentale this coming August 10! This is a cause that touches me for many reasons, on a personal level, and a global one. I hope to see you there and share this moment with you all!
I just learned this morning that my album “Windows in the Sky” was number 1 in the ADISQ charts this week. 8 months after the album release, this is truly mind-blowing… So I wanted to take the time to thank you, all of you, who came out to the concerts that took place almost 2 weeks ago now, for embracing the album the way you have. It truly means a lot to me! Thank you!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to see the concert at Club Soda for Festival International de Jazz de Montréal last night. It means a lot to me. You are the reason why I found the courage to go back on stage and share those emotions… thank you!
SOLD OUT!!!! Thank you so much! I am very thankful!
My concert at the Club Soda on July 5 is now sold out! Thank you so much for embarking on this journey with me, it truly means a lot. The closer the show is, the more excited I am! Can’t wait to share this moment with you all!
For those of you who can’t make it to the concert in Montreal, we will also be doing a show on July 6 in our Drummondville church-studio. Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm. 1200 St-Edgar St, Drummondville.
If we asked the general public to guess what artist finished the year at the top of the charts for digital sales in Quebec in 2018, very few would place their bet on Alex Henry Foster. Nonetheless, the singer-songwriter’s first solo album did finish ahead of A Star Is Born, Loud, and Shawn Mendes in the charts. His first concert will take place next Friday at a sold-out Club Soda for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. How did he make this happen? La Presse has tried to find out and visited the atypical creation space where his band, Your Favorite Enemies, do everything themselves.
Jogues Street, in Drummondville, between the local elementary school and road 143, stands an imposing church of gray bricks. But the church is no longer one. When the City needed to get rid of two of its three religious buildings, at the end of the 2000s, one has been demolished, and the other one sold to the members of the rock band Your Favorite Enemies. The entire place has been desacralized. The nave is now a recording room.
Thursday morning, Alex, Jeff, Miss Isabel, Sef, Charles, and Ben guide us through their facilities. In the basement, Jeff, one of the guitarists, explains that they have visited churches all over the province of Quebec before finding this one, in 2009. Based in Varennes in their beginnings, the band would rehearse in the basement of a house. “Our music quickly became our main gig, so we had to move out”, he says. When they found the Saint-Simon church, the six friends jumped onto the occasion with both feet and have all moved to Drummondville.
In what used to be a storage room, they have installed a kitchen. In the adjoining room, we find a toilet and showers. When they aren’t on tour, in Europe, in Asia, or elsewhere, the band members spend the majority of their time here, in this commune.
Sitting in a couch in the living room, where the bookcases upon yellow walls expose hundreds of books, vinyl records, and trinkets, Alex tries to understand the success of his first solo album. Windows in the Sky was released last November. That same year, it has been deemed best-seller (digital format). An achievement, knowing that he rubbed himself against artists with already-established success (Lady Gaga, Éric Lapointe, Shawn Mendes, and Ginette Reno). The cause behind this success? The fans, already faithful to the band Your Favorite Enemies, have also been faithful to the singer, believes Alex.
Emotions are palpable as he speaks about this poetic solo album, written on an exile in Morocco that lasted 2 years after the passing of his father. “I got afraid to release this album, and it is still very difficult, he says, as tears well up in his eyes. I can’t hide behind the band anymore. I am totally out there.” He had no intention of bringing this album to the stage, but the demand was such that he surrendered.
The band’s popularity, discreet but sustained, has been cultivated. Your Favorite Enemies have turned to DIY (do it yourself) for every aspect of their creation rather than giving the reins to the “machine” of the music industry. The work is thus multiplied, but so is the fan experience. The sextet is aware of this and works so that the “human bond” with their fans be the most important thing, says Alex. “This is what creates a connection between the people and us, what makes them follow us.” His success is the living proof.
Perfect example to illustrate this DIY ethos: in a room in the basement, at the end of a corridor, a member of the band’s production team, Yann, works around a serigraphy machine and a textile press. Isabel, for her part, explains the process behind the printing of a poster created especially for the concert at the Club Soda. This is also where the t-shirts are printed with the band’s own designs. A few examples of previously completed projects hang on the walls of the room.
They do everything. The t-shirts and posters are designed and printed in-house, so are the vinyl records and their jackets and the music videos. “From the idea to the final product, everything comes from us, says Isabel. We are our own limit.” And it doesn’t stop there. Founding their own record label in 2007, they have released each and every one of their albums under it.
On the first floor, in front of the large nave where the original pews can still be found, the instruments are disposed on the stage with the same configuration that the band will have at the Club Soda. This is where the band rehearses their set. On Friday, they will play Alex’s whole album, cabaret-style, with 5 other musicians. The day after, the fans are invited to the band’s HQ in Drummondville for another concert. “Those who have tickets for the July 5 concert will have access to the show on the 6, explains Isabel. We even thought of a bus shuttle system to help with transportation.” “Fans are coming for a whole weekend, so we also planned a few other activities, adds Jeff. Some are coming from Europe and Asia to see us.” Without a doubt, Your Favorite Enemies are dedicated to their fans. And they do give it back to them in a wonderful way.
Alex Henry Foster will be giving a sold-out show on July 5 at the Club Soda for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
June 29, 2019