Friday, November 30, 2007

we've got a few shows coming up:

Dec 1 @ Slim’s, San Francisco
Dec 2 @ El Rey, Los Angeles
Dec 3 @ Casbah, San Diego
Dec 4 @ Plush, Tuscon, Arizona

all with VHS or BETA

Monday, November 19, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

FOREIGN BORN and M. Ward this Saturday 11.17.2007
the Luckman Arts Complex
Cal State LA!

Doors at 7
-FB at 8
-M. Ward at 9:15

get pre-sale tickets HERE!

check out this MAP for how to find yr way to the show!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

FB in NY for CMJ:::

Wednesday 10/17/07:
-7 PM: Orchard Party @ Slipper Room.
-10 PM: Dim Mak/Magnum Show @ The Delancey.

Friday 10/19/07:
-8 PM: Crashin' In Party @ Galapagos.

Saturday 10/20/07:
-2 PM: Pull-Out Method Party @ Club Midway.

a quick overview of one night in redding california on our way back home from seattle. thanks to everybody who came out to the shows- let there be more!

Monday, October 01, 2007

the swerve festival in barnsdall park was the perfect golden orange california dream of a grassy hill- like the vague memory of some cover art for a lost beach boys album circa 1971 or maybe 1921?
we're grateful to ASCAP and FUELtv for inviting us to take part.
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p.s.: not to mention how sweet it was to play next to frank lloyd wright's 'hollyhock house':::::
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Friday, September 28, 2007

one day till Swerve.
we play saturday at 4:30.
it's totally free man.
look, they're setting it up---->

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

only today, tuesday the 25th!-
freely and legally download 'Into your Dream' from our myspace page or from this link in celebration of officially representing to the infinite world of network television, one possible simulacrum of everyday life in our neighborhood of Echo Park, Los Angeles. we, FB, are happy to give away, if only for one day, the official soundtrack to what just might be the most pivotal moment of Chuck's whole fuckin' life!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Monday, Sept. 24:
whoa, you'll never believe it, but a few months back while we were playing a show at the ex-plex here in echo park, right towards the beginning of our set while we were playing 'into yr dream' outta nowhere some ninja chick totally got into a fight with some cia agents while dancing with some chump. i guess somehow it got filmed (?) and it's gonna be on TV (??)- we've been told it's called 'Chuck' and it's gonna premiere on NBC on Sept. 24 at 8pm/7c.

Saturday, Sept. 29th:
FB plays the first ever Swerve Festival in LA! We play at 4:30 at the great lawn stage in Barnsdall Park! It's FREE!!! Check their website for all the details.

October 2nd-7th:
Tour up the west coast with DataRock, look here for details.

October 16th-21st:
New York/CMJ- we'll be in NY playing some shows, more news as it comes.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

listen to a recent interview we did with KUSF at 4 PM this Sunday Sept. 16th! dig it live on 90.3 fm in the bay area or on the intra-web here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Here is a visual record of our set at last month's Fuck Yeah Fest..

Monday, September 10, 2007

ok, ok- if you haven't guessed already, the above virtual simulation totally sums up what our next album's gonna sound like. we're thinking about calling it "Don't Give Up (Africa)"- awesome title or what!?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Thanks to everybody who made it out to our record release party last night, 'twas a long time coming! Check LA Times music columnist, Kevin Bronson's take on the show here.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

To celebrate the official birth of our debut album 'On the Wing Now', we're hosting a free show featuring old pals, In Waves, and some new, old world pals, Nevenka, (LA based woman's choir who sing traditional dramatic adaptations of Bulgarian and other eastern/central European folk styles- music marked by alarming and mysterious harmonies, punctuated by yips, yelps, yowls, wails and whoops.)

Monday, August 06, 2007

Please check this chat, both parts 1 & 2, which Matt recently had with local LA music enthusiast Nik Mercer on Thanks Nik!

Monday, July 30, 2007

FB would just like to thank all of the nice individuals who came out to see us in support of the Rapture last week! We realize we have a largely broke fan base and that sure was a steep ticket! But at least the drinks were cheap.. ha! I was personally scolded for stealing a bottle of water from the bar when it was sans bartender.. he told me The Mayan Theater was "not my home," I'll never forget him and the advice he gave me.
On the upside, we met an FB fan from France! who had everything we'd ever done! That's a hard thing to do even in California. I think most of the band doesn't even have that much. So thankyou Foreign friend!

In other news we recently taped a perfomance for The Daily Habbit on FUEL TV to air on August 7th. We played "Union Hall" and "Into Your Dream" on a stage with a skate board ramp.. If you get this channel (we don't know anybody who does..) then watch us on TV! We'd like to thank everyone over at FUEL for all the support..You can follow this link to find out exactly what time it airs and so forth.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

anybody lucky enough to catch the new Sigmar Polke pieces at the Venice Biennale?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

FB are way grateful to Mark Needham for his incredible job on the dense mixage of our disparate collage of good and sometimes not so good musical ideas...Thank you kindly Mark, with no help from Will Brierre of course.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

oh giulietta!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

this :

or that:

Monday, June 11, 2007

A funny thing happened to us in our own neighborhood.. They put us on a TV show! Playing at a local club to a "local" crowd with massive Coldplay lights behind us. Just a regular day in Echo Park. But the funniest part (beside our minds being altered by a bottle of Jim Beam) was that guy in the very front row with his fist in the air, screaming and staring into my eyes like a raving lunatic! It was hard to concentrate. This might have been the director's fault of course, explaing to the crowd of extras that "this was their favorite band" and that they should "go nuts". But it was a good time for all in the end.
This show, as I've forgotten to mention, is called "Chuck" and will hit the air in September. The show, from the creators of "The O.C.", is primarily about government secrets inside a slacker's mind, which a handful of Matrix-like CIA agents are trying to uncover or protect.. not sure, as we were confused by a group of strangers being paid to dance to our music.. and we were wasted. In this episode he dates an assasin who displays some "deadly" moves on the dance floor, but the crowd doesn't notice anything because they're watching their favorite band! it was the best gig we've ever played.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Holy SHIT! Foreign Born signed a record deal! Yes, it's happened folks, meaning that the self-releasing days of hanging out at Kinko's are over (hopefully), but you never know, that place has a strange, time-sucking magnetism about it..
As of a day or two ago, not long before going on stage in support of the Walkmen, we signed with Dim Mak, for an August 21st release date of "On the Wing Now". I personally signed it on the hood of my car (every contract I've signed (2) has been on a car somehow) and the rest of the guys, I think signed on a bar..
anyway, so that's that. We added a song to the mix - "Don't Take Back Your Time", for those of you who got the advanced copy, and took one off - "We Had Pleasure".
For the art, we found this painter named Paul Urich, who's currently showing at the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, who let us use his painting "Together". It looks great, thanks again Paul!
Other than that, we won't be playing too many shows until our record comes out. Maybe a few shows here and there, but we'll resume touring in August around it's release, including a cool record release show of some kind.
hope you're well out there,

Monday, March 05, 2007

Check out this interview I did for! We discuss some important issues and leave very few stones unturned..

Also, we just agreed to play an acoustic set @ the Echo on March 12th with Airborne Toxic Event and many others. It will be a short set, but we will try to play as much high-octane-stripped-down rock music as possible. Included shall be songs we don't usually or have never played.. New stuff, covers, etc. Our experimental jazz-odyssey..
- MP

Thursday, February 15, 2007

hope yr well...Our dear old friend Ross makes his way through this world as a cinematographer. Click here to watch his 'reel' (L.A. speak, but I guess they're not really reels anymore are they?!) in which he's used some very familiar music...Thanks Ross!!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

We would just like to bashfully announce that the last few copies of our album "On the Wing Now" have been successfully released into the wild. That's right SOLD OUT! 500 out the door, just like that. It seems like only yesterday that we were ripping off the front jacket of T.S. Elliot's "The Wasteland" for its cover and chilling out at Kinko's making the inside booklets..
We are currently working on the next batch, which will be slightly different (don't worry collectors!) until the album's official release a few months from now.
We'd also like to thank everybody for making that trek out west to see us and In Waves at the Viper Room! That was a blast!And we appreciate you not being too afraid of those west hollywood vibes, although you probably should be.
We gotta stick together!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Come one, come all, come on and come hither! Listen to "It Wasn't Said to Ask"- another rare artifact from the systematically recorded and analyzed collection of beauteous remains, entitled "On the Wing Now" yet to be put on permanent public display within our shared museum of the social, political and economic.
What is culture?

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

February is coming up! and Foreign Born are attacking Los Angeles with a small avalanche of shows, including two dates of the Grizzly Bear/Papercuts tour!
We are also going to be playing mid-month on KXLU.. So keep your antennas pointed toward the west hollywood sky!
Below is a collage we made from some of our touring last year
featuring: a stunning picture of our drummer Garrett asleep in the backseat of our mini-van whilst driving around Scotland; Matt on the rocky shore of Portsmouth, UK; Ariel trapsing through the greenery of an English park, and Lewis dowsed in the red light of a guitar solo - all set among the mountains captured from our American tours.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Watch two songs captured in real life and real time from last weekend's Plug Awards Party (held in a very cold warehouse):
It Wasn't Said to Ask
The Nights Tall

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy New Year & good tidings to you! Thanks to everybody who came down to our first show of 2007 CE, year of the Pig, Jewish year 5769, Islamic year 1427- however yous keep track... Yes, 'twas a very good time indeed and thanks be to the Plug Awards and, amongst others, for their sponsorship.
A little glimpse as to what went down: