Fast paced alt. Rock N Roll rooted in the 90’s. Foreign Mornings are a 5 piece alt Rock band based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Heavily inspired by big names from the late 80’s and 90’s such as Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Cure and Pixies, they combine loud guitars, crashing drums and catchy melodies into one package.
Following on from the success of previous tracks such as “Sleepwalking”, 2023 promises to be a big year ahead for the band with a string of singles ready to go, leading up to the release of their debut album “4AM”, coming late in 2023.
Foreign Mornings were originally formed in 2019 in Bangor, Northern Ireland, by Michael Wilkinson more as a hobby than anything else. This quickly transformed as they took to the stage for the first time in September 2019, immediately knowing this would be more than just a hobby.
Covid saw the band stopped in its tracks early in 2020, with more time now spent recording and writing than practicing together. As the world slowly found its feet again, so did Foreign Mornings, playing a host of gigs in 2022 and releasing two well received singles, both receiving International radio play. Aiming for 2023 to be bigger and better than each year before it, they eagerly anticipate the release of their Debut Album, “4AM” and whatever may come next.
Let’s Go Home is a track about someone who is introverted and doesn’t necessarily want to be, about being lonely and trying to find someone to share your life with. Heavily inspired by early Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Cure and Pixies, the track tries to recapture the sound of 90’s rock both in sound and energy. “Let’s Go Home” was written, produced, recorded and mixed by the band themselves, it represents a new direction for Foreign Mornings as they embrace the DIY approach and make music the way they want to make it.
The track itself was written in the dying embers of the album writing process. The band needed one more great track to finish up the album and “Let’s Go Home” was born. Initially they had no intention for this to be a single, however it quickly became one of the groups favorite tracks on the record, and one they greatly enjoyed playing live. It only made sense for it to become the first single.
MICHAEL, LEAD VOCALS/GUITAR
Walk - Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters were the first band I ever really loved and this is one of the tracks that got me into
them. I love how it starts off as really gentle, sad track and just builds into this huge rock track. It’s
definitely a structure I like to follow myself when producing tracks.
Just Like Heaven - The cure
Lyrically I absolutely adore this song, it’s strange because it makes sense while also making no
sense at the same time. That’s something that I think is hard to do when writing music, it’s
important to me that a song has at least one strong, emotional meaning behind it, but I would never
want that meaning to be obvious after one listen, its something you have to look for, this track does
All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
Tracks like this that have one chord or riff which play the whole way through while the rest of the
songs changes around them are my favourite kind of songs. They evoke a certain kind of sadness
or longing for something which is hard achieve with anything over Complicated, its a track that
shows how simplicity can be perfection.
All Kinds Of time - Fountains of Wayne
At face value this is a silly track about a kid playing football in school, and yet it feels like so much
more. Personally good harmony is the most essential part of a good song, the chords and
melodies in this track work together perfectly and even though the lyrics don’t portray a particularly
interesting story the music makes it all feel so important. I think that’s very cool.
Jesus Of Suburbia - Green Day
This song set the standard for how I wanted music I made to sound. Not necessarily punk music
but the sounds of the drums and guitars and bass on this track is unrivalled. Production at it’s
Kyoto - Phoebe Bridgers
I remember listening to this the day it came out in the midst of the very first covid lockdown. I just
fell in love and it got me writing so much music at that time. The first lockdown led to so the
creation of so many tracks, I have a folder full of demos I made during that time which are fun to
revisit from time to time.
REECE, LEAD GUITAR
Ignorance - Paramore
I’ve always loved powerful guitars and punching drums, so it wasn’t a surprise that the first time I
heard this I loved it. On top of that Hayley’s voice is just amazing. In terms of writing music Zac’s
drum fills and the harmony between the electric guitars of Josh and Taylor really inspired me and
my approach to writing loud guitar music.
Nirvana - In Bloom
Kurt’s guitar tone became a personal quest for me as teenager. I remember getting my first boss
distortion (which I still use today) and making loads of noise in my room. I love how Nirvana
structured their songs too, stripping the verses down to just bass and drums then letting the guitars
explode in the choruses.
The voiceless - And so I watch you from afar
One of my all time favourite songs, and the first song I learned to play properly from start to finish.
Which was a real challenge but it helped me understand how a song is structured, how to count
bars, figure out sections and to both lead and follows cues in a track.
Never meant - American football
When I first sat down to play this song, the reality of difficult it would be set in. I thought to myself
I’d never be good enough to play it. Nowadays it’s the track I use to warm myself up and that
brings me a lot of personal joy and pride to see how far I’ve come. The feeling of learning to play
that song for the first time was instrumental in my journey to feeling comfortable playing music with
other and creating my own parts for songs.