Friend of all the World (FOATW)

Friend of all the World (FOATW)

Indie folk-rock five-piece Friend of All the World (FOATW) formed around a Craigslist classified posted by singer-songwriter Robert Cole in 2010.  The improbable ensemble has since been cultivating their signature eclectic sound, which has taken a raw and vital turn in their 2015 opus, “Rue-St-Louis”.
FOATW has covered a lot of ground since Cole recorded solo effort “Up These Branches” under the band name in 2010. Second album “The Wild” was group-recorded in 2012, a mellow string-driven collection carried by gentle melodies, haunting harmonies, and lyrics that precisely execute an opening claim in the song “The Heartwood“: “I’ve no skill with a brush, but maybe words can conjure a scene.” The release and touring of this album met with critical acclaim from music reviewers and audiences alike.
FOATW’s third album is a coming-of-age that translates the group’s readiness to roll with the punches while throwing their own jabs, rejecting the sheen of the modern studio album for the sake of persuasive power.  Entirely recorded over the space of one week in a makeshift studio in the upper loft of a barn north of Trois-Rivières, “Rue-St-Louis” pushes rhythmically, electrically, and above all confidently beyond the well-established base of “The Wild” into edgier terrain.
The result sees Robert Cole (vocals & guitars), Céline Bianchi (vocals & keys), Ben Duval (strings & noise), Nicholas Fréchette (bass) and Kenton Mail (drums) step fully into their respective musical spaces to make the sum of parts add up to an even greater ethereal energy, offering songs that delve deep into the heart of the matter.
From l’Île-aux-Coudres to Toronto, from their hometown of Montreal, and beyond to compilations, films, and airplay over the oceans: FOATW brings an ever-evolving live show to the stage, backed by songs that, like the Kipling quote from which the band took its name, are lithe, but full of dark intrigue.  


GAMIQ nomination for FOATW
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Friend of all the world has been officially nominated for the Prix du Public at the upcoming Gala Alternatif de Musique Indépendante Québécoise (GAMIQ) !…

FOATW – New single «Scouting» and vinyl release of Rue-St-Louis
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Montreal, Febuary 12, 2016 | After the much-anticipated fall release of Rue-St-Louis and the success of their Christmas EP First Snow, Friend of All the World has something new for…

First Snow – Friends of all the World’s Christmas EP
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On the first day of Christmas – Friend of all the World gave to us : First Snow a Christmas EP On this surprise Holiday…

Les Disques Passeport

Disques Passeport is proud to add a new band to it’s digital distribution: Friend of all the World Indie folk-rock five-piece Friend of All the…