This is one of those reviews that I live for. More time is spent retrospectively researching the band and their past releases then actually writing the review. Upon first listen, my next move was not to wait patiently for Word to open (and then crash), it was to go back and listen to other releases from this artist. It’s the one where you realize about halfway through the process, you’re being blind-sided into becoming a fan. No notes or outlines were scribbled here; this kind of review writes itself while the music plays on.
Fools and Foes based in Manila, Philippines is releasing a debut, full length, self-titled album on June 1st. Sheriff was the single submission and if the rest of the album is at all like the single, we could have a great one on our hands. I do wish to shy away from the Math Rock moniker, at least for my review. I’m afraid it will scare away hordes of potentials for this band. I don’t want anyone to confuse a stellar rhythm section and a genre title; I’m still not sure I like the word Math and Entertainment in the same sentence, ever.
Listen to Sheriff on YouTube below or via Spotify
Fools and Foes drive home original rhythms effortlessly on Sheriff. This rhythm section is a machine, using all of its powers for the greater good. The single is capped with a masterfully delivered, hollow and vacant, sometimes charred and damned vocal performance from Romualdez. She’s in a league with the best of them, O’Riordan, O’Connor, you get the idea. This release is a dynamic one, constantly twisting and turning through its sections, exploring different energies, rhythms, but it’s all accessible, unlike math.
We’re excited about the prospect that Fools and Foes have set a tone on this upcoming album much like the single itself. The recording and production is lovely. It’s so nice to hear a drum kit again, like you’re sitting beside the player instead of listening to production voodoo. I’m a fan and June 1st is on my calendar.