FOREIGN BORN Sign to Secretly Canadian!

Secretly Canadian is thrilled to announce that Foreign Born, the Los Angeles Times’ “best [band] to use sleigh bells” has joined their roster and will be releasing their Secretly Canadian debut, “Person to Person” in February of 2009. The band made the announcement themselves to Mark Sovel, the program director for L.A.’s influential radio station Indie 103.1 on his “Check 1-2” radio show this past Sunday. This follows the band’s well-received first long-player, “On The Wing Now.”

“Full of vast, powerful tunes that take an earnest aim at the human condition.” -Pitchfork 8/07

Foreign Born began as a collaboration between singer/guitarist Matt W. Popieluch and lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov while the two were still in college. After finishing their studies they relocated to Los Angeles to record with Lewis’ longtime friend Ariel Rechtshaid, who had begun producing a series of increasingly impressive recordings for other bands like the Blood Arm and We Are Scientists and soon became Foreign Born’s bassist. Drummer Garrett Ray joined the band with sometime collaborator Rechtshaid, rounding out the foursome.

The band has since toured with the aforementioned Scientists, as well as fellow Southern Californians the Cold War Kids and multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, among others, always inviting their touring companions on stage for a rousing rendition of their closing stomp, “Union Hall.”

“As purely So-Cal as Snoop Dogg and Silver Lake.” -NYLON Magazine, 9/07
The band amassed 22 songs in preparation for the release of “Person,” tinkering with each candidate and gradually working toward the 15 they’ll bring with them into the studio with still more cuts to be made. These selections take as much from the members’ musical influences as they do from the band’s eastside-LA environment, incorporating themes of wanderlust, loneliness amidst a teeming city, and concern over the landscape changing around them.

Asked to describe the feeling of finding a like-minded partner in Secretly Canadian, singer Matt W. Popieluch said simply that he finds the new arrangement “seriously bitchin’, on a number of levels.”

You can check out the videos from a sweet sun-kissed acoustic session the band recently recorded for Live Daily here:
Stay tuned for more on the new album “Person to Person”, upcoming live dates and more!

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Author: James McQuiston

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