Video Voyaguer: 3Qs with The Foes of Fern

Marrying drums, bass, guitar, tuba, ukulele, sax, trumpet, trombone and other wandering minstrels, the Foes of Fern carve out a segment in the music industry like a voluminous, awesome boulder.  Unique from start to finish, their music is hypnotic and gang-busting in every sense, initiating you as part of the tribe upon first down-beat.  A wall of sound thriving through each new moment on stage, feeling like the spontaneity of Hendrix while maintaining the rehearsed specialties in parts and orchestration reminiscent of the Beatles.  Recently releasing their new video for “Carpe Diem,” we had the honor to catch up with the band for an epic segment you can catch below!

Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically? 

This song is the oldest Foes of Fern song in our set. I wrote it back in 2011 and it was my final for my songwriting 101 class at Berklee. I got a solid B+ on it and then put it away for a while. We went to record the tune in 2016 and originally set out to just make it the normal bass, drums, and guitar rock song. By the 4th session we were adding different types of keyboards and stringed instruments like accordion and mandolin. We then decided to bring in a string section and from there it just became this goal of ours to make the song as big as possible. We built a mini orchestra track by track and 4 years later we were driving to Boston to record harp, the final instrument on the song. 


We wanted the video to stay in the same timeline as a few of our other music videos that we already had worked on. Decided to make it like a prequel in the story line. It was our goal to build a fantasy world for the first half of the story and then have that fantasy world crumble back into reality. It took about 6 months of pre production, 3 shoot days and a couple months of editing to get us to the final product and the whole team is so excited for the final piece of our little three song trilogy. 

What was the inspiration behind this video(visuals, storyline, etc.)? 

Disney and like all those over the top romantic comedies were the inspiration for the video. We wanted it to be as romantic and “perfect” as possible so we hired a choreographer, a makeup artist to come and fill in my bald spots, and partnered up with some amazing sponsors that gave us access to beautiful locations (thank you The Water Witch and The Borough of Highlands) some stunning jewelry (thank you Leonardo Jewelers) and food from Mogo kept us fueled all day. 

As for the storyline, we had great success with our first music video for “Bike Song” back in 2018 so we set out to continue that story with a sequel in our music video for “Ghost, Girl In All My Songs” and Carpe Diem became the prequel. We had a lot of fun little callbacks between all the videos. I hope someone out there takes the time to watch all three in a row one day haha.

What was the process of making this video?

The Process was long but so much fun! The team started out with Andrea Morgan, Rob Ciano, Bart Lentini and Ava Serene Portman. We did about 5 pre production sessions to build the three song storyline. Then we started to fill in the other roles. We brought in Delia Kemph, who we worked with on our Monkey music video, to do choreography for Carpe Diem. Michael Cappetto and Ale Valentia were brought on to play our young couple throughout the videos. Robin Dilapo was hired as our makeup artist and she made me so happy by giving me a perfect fake hairline. We added other cameramen and crew and extras and just had an absolute wild time filming all the scenes from April of 2019 to October of 2019. Now one year later, the fruits of all the labors are finally ready for us to enjoy. I’m so happy with the final product and grateful to everyone that  The filming of all our music videos is filled with fun little tidbits but I’ll just leave you with this one.
I knew in about November of 2018 that I wanted to do a ton of filming in 2019 so I set out on a meal plan and got a membership at a local crossfit gym (shout out to Ocean Athletics in Neptune) and dropped like 30 pounds for the videos. Since I wanted the videos to be like this fake “perfect” world I tried to be in the best shape possible for it. Funny enough, the cake eating scene in the Carpe Diem video was the first time that I had any type of ice cream or chocolate in over a year and you can watch me mouth the words “My stomach hurts so much”. I’ve since reverted back to my old ways of Taco Bell and Bagels. 

Find the group via:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFoesOfFERN
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefoesoffern/?hl=en
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6paBX7yxQt55Xed4JPtZTO
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-foes-of-fern/1368653516
Website: https://thefoesoffern.wixsite.com/website?

Miesha & The Spanks “Wanna Feel Good” and So Do We!

Miesha & The Spanks are a high octane garage rock duo from Calgary AB, made up of rock n roll matriarch Miesha Louie and her partner in crime, the hardest hitting Sean Hamilton on drums.

The duo just released a new single, “Wanna Feel Good”. The track features new dimensions of fuzz and feedback for the band and captures that tense high-shouldered dread when time is running out.

Together they draw inspiration from classics like The Runaways, L7, and The Buzzcocks to create some modern noise that’s catchy enough to raise a fist and sing along. Noise Journal describes them as “a filthy rocket of pure jet-fuel up the nostril, with surf rock sensibilities, a grunge groove and hair metal swagger,” while Canadian Beats called their last album “reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age meets The Animals – a certain coolness about it, making it impossible to forget.” They’ve made a name for themselves as a band who is here to stay. Since Miesha created The Spanks in 2008, she’s opened every door, and taken advantage of each opportunity that’s come her way. Tour after tour down Canadian highway to play every small town and big city, with as many drummers as are up to the task, until landing someone crazy enough to stick around.

Raz Share’s Unique New Single “Be Okay”

Born and raised in Brampton, ON, and of West Indian descent, Raz has spent nearly a decade dedicated to perfecting his songwriting and creating a unique sound that represents his experiences, personal growth and spirituality. His single, “Be Okay,” is an ode to the summer and a reminder that everyone experiences lows and highs, struggles and triumphs. If summer and nature find a way to come back and give us joy and warm weather each year, then maybe we can pick ourselves up and get through this struggle on our way to our next triumph.

Jeen Reveals Bold Sold with New Single “Idols” + Album Out Now!

Jeen just released a self-titled full-length with focus track, “Idols”. The track showcases Jeen’s progression from bedroom production to the big, anthemic alt-rock sound found on the new album. Jeen started in the music industry busking on Queen West in Toronto at 16. After two subsequent solo albums, Jeen was invited to share lead singing/songwriting duties on Brendan Canning’s (of Broken Social Scene) Cookie Duster album, When Flying Was Easy. She then dropped her last name and self produced three more solo albums in succession which garnered regular radio rotation and attention from the likes of NPR, Billboard, and Buzznet to name a few.

Serena Sun Reveals Dream New Single + Video

Vancouver-based singer, songwriter, and producer Serena Sun is creating alternative pop tracks that speak to the soul. Serena shares her experience in navigating the highs and lows of life through her unique melodies and honest lyrics.Inspired by a mix of indie pop and ambient soundscapes, Serena fuses the two with her airy vocals to create a unique, emotion-driven sound. Serena just released a new single, “Everyone I Run From” – the first in a growing catalogue of music to share in the upcoming year.

Alexis Lynn Shares Haunting New Single, “Ghosts”

Recognized as a “Top 100” in the 2020 CBC Searchlight Contest, Canadian pop artist Alexis Lynn has a lot more to say than the average twenty something. As she relives her life’s moments through song, it’s her hope that her music empowers people as they relate her lyrics to their own life experiences. She recognizes that a catchy chorus or hook can forge an instant bond between her and her listeners, which is one of the reasons she excels at the creative process and continues to develop her sound accordingly. 

Alexis’ newest single, “Ghosts,” is a sad but sweet melodic pop track that recognizes feelings of insecurity and doubt but finding hope realizing you’re not the only one.