Foreign Diplomats

February 14th 2018
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Foreign Diplomats first came together as group of high school friends from the Laurentians in Quebec (CA), determined to upstage the most popular band in school. Over time and with a few changes, the current “boyband” line up emerged: Lazer, the tall drummer, Tony, the wise bass and foot-keyboard player, Charles the sexy guitarist, Thomas, the bouncy keyboard and trombone guy and Élie, the sad singer. In 2010, it is upon the sight of an airport sign that the band finds its name. Years later, we can still feel their complicity and childhood friendship in their energetic and festive sound, as if they were still trying to make their classmates dance.

Now based in Montreal, their indie/pop groove quickly catches independent record label Indica Records’ attention (Half Moon Run, The Franklin Electric), with whom they released their self-titled EP in 2013 and “Princess Flash”, their debut full-length record produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Sam Roberts Band, Iron & Wine), in 2015. The success of the album led to licence deals in Germany & France, as well as playing renowned international festivals: Reeperbahn (Ger), Paléo (Swi), Les Primeurs (Fra), Cervantino (Mex), Osheaga, Jazz de Montréal, FEQ (Can), etc.

From this debut album, “Queen + King” became the biggest single and the band were soon recognized for their ability to kick off the party, supporting several prominent bands like Violent Femmes, Phantogram, Teenage Fanclub, Vance Joy and Half Moon Run. All in all, tons of fun was had, a whole lot of new friends were made, new fans came across and a bunch of new songs were written.

Finding the time to record these songs was a different story. It took a while, but their newest single, Tender Night, recorded with Ryan Battistuzzi (Colin Moore, Malajube, We Are Wolves), marks the return of the band at the forefront of Montréal’s Indie-Rock scene. This new track brings a more live sounding vibe, brighter than what they did in the past, and reminds us of their incredible synergy on stage.

The boys will be heading to the studio with Jace Lasek (Patrick Watson, Wolf Parade, Final Flash, ...) in the Fall of 2018 to record new songs (written while listening to artists like Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Bill Callahan, Talking Heads, etc...), and expect to release in Spring 2019. Let’s go!

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