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FOES on creating big soundscapes for their debut album

Liverpudlian lads meld technical prog with vast and visual sounds.

In the three years that they have been together as a band, Liverpool proggers FOES have been described repeatedly as being ‘cinematic’ due to the fleshed-out musical experience their sounds provide.

“We always make things very textured in the studio because we like big soundscapes,” explains guitarist Joe Danher. “With visualising, if it can help to inspire the music then that’s exactly the kind of thing we wanted it to be: an experience with the song. It should never be throwaway.”

Danher is speaking to Prog days after the completion of the final master of FOES’ full-length debut The Summit Lies Skyward, and there’s real conviction behind his words. The album is grand in its scope, summoning huge landscapes behind a slick, Steven Wilson-esque vocal delivery, and the record’s first single, The Everest, is a masterpiece of slow-burn melancholia, with all the understated theatricality of Karnivool.

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