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Fantastic F·O·E·S release new single

 F·O·E·S 2014

In the past 12 hours I’ve gone from never having heard a lick of Liverpudlians F·O·E·S music to being a little bit nuttily in love with them. Last night they topped a bill supported by Mono-favourites Sumer, and absolutely blew me away. With a performance more than the mere sum of its parts, the band – formerly known as Fall Of Every Sparrow – absolutely blasted The Unicorn’s tiny back room. I do love it when that happens.

Like a post-rockier Circa Survive, or a more angular Karnivool, F·O·E·S’ music is brimming over with great ideas and is absolutely monstrous. Drummer James Lorenzo was a particular highlight, crashing around and adding to the massive sound.

The four mightily-bearded wonders today released a new single called “Rival Thrones“, for which last night’s show was one of four release parties around the country since Thursday (Liverpool, Bridgwater, Bristol and London). Obviously I couldn’t tell one from the other then, but this does sound vaguely familiar, so check it out (as well as its spiffy accompanying video):

Reminiscent of maybe Red Sparowes or And So I Watch You From Afar, “Rival Thrones” is underpinned by a strong rhythm, over which the delay-ridden guitars wail and. It’s got a great tempo to it – that perfect spot between mid and fast that allows the bigger moments’ heft to really hit home.

It’s hooky as, too. Frontman Chris Mackrill’s voice is really strong and reminds me a little of former Chronographs frontman Jon Sinfield in his diction and phrasing.

F·O·E·S’ last record came out early last year, so we’re hoping this is the precursor to a new EP or something. It would be very welcome indeed.

F·O·E·S are due to play this year’s UK Tech Fest (swoon), so we’ll have a proper review of their performance then, if not before.