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THE FOES OF FERN

 
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MEET THE FOES

Telegraph Hill Record's Foes of Fern are a band of non-stop fun and gritty gracefulness; a troupe of eclectic musicians from New Jersey setting the record straight, left, right, and upside down. 


Marrying drums, bass, guitar, tuba, ukulele, sax, trumpet, trombone and other wandering minstrels, the Foes carve out a segment in the music industry like a voluminous, awesome boulder.  Their music is hypnotic and gang-busting in every sense, initiating you as part of the tribe upon first down-beat.  A wall of sound thriving through each new moment on stage, feeling like the spontaneity of Hendrix while maintaining the rehearsed specialties in parts and orchestration reminiscent of the Beatles.  

Better yet, the Foes are friends and they like it that way.  In one swaying unit, they throw caution and attention to the wind all at once.  They extend drama, cracking jokes on stage and taking turns describing their passion with spotlight solos and inciting coalition sing-along choruses.  All hands on deck, all mouths on the mic. 

Live shows with the Foes are a multi-instrumental face-melt sandwich.  Your Fitbit is going to be off the charts from all the bopping, skanking, and singing along to this truly electric construct of sound.  The Foes are the good time you can see coming from a mile away.


Foes leading man and guitarist Matthew Fernicola (Fern) created the Foes of Fern after five years in his first band, Airacuda. In stride with the early conception of the Foes, Fern cofounded all-star band, The Burns, which ultimately came to a close in 2019.  Continuing to garner attention in the musical town of Asbury Park, NJ (home of the legendary Stone Pony and Sea.Here.Now Festival), Fern took the Foes to Grammy-winning engineer, Joe Pomarico, at Telegraph Hill Records.  The team has crafted a gift that keeps on giving, with recordings complex in instrumentation that require multiple listens to catch every nuance.  Under the audio-guise of misfit toys, they are the ignition of energy, theory, composition, rule-breaking, and friend-making.

In April 2018, the Foes single April Came in the Rain marked the first release of eleven tracks in the queue for their debut full-length record, Carpe Diem, set to launch August 28th 2020 at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. Title track, Carpe Diem, and song, Ghosts, occupy a unique interdependence and have been saved for the finale. The love-song substance of Carpe Diem, leads way to Ghosts’expression of the difficulty yet goodness of moving on from satisfactory love toward an even greater self-discovery.  The Foes tell stories, speak emotion, cry truths, and make hearts sings; welcome to The Foes of Fern. 

“Creating one sound, together. That’s what I love about music.” - (Fern)

 
The Foes of Fern - Carpe Diem (Official Music Video)
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The Foes of Fern - Carpe Diem (Official Music Video)

The sixth and final music video to be released off of The Foes of Fern debut album is also the first Foes song ever written and the first story in the FOF cinematic universe. Enjoy Carpe Diem. The prequel to Bike Song and Ghosts, Episode I, and also the end of a wonderful 4 year long album campaign. Directed by Andrea Morgan https://vydia.lnk.to/CarpeDiem www.thefoesoffern.com https://www.instagram.com/thefoesoffern https://www.facebook.com/TheFoesOfFERN https://www.telegraphhillrecords.com Thank you to our sponsors! Leonardo Jewelers https://www.leonardojewelers.com\ Mogo https://eatmogo.com The Borough of Highlands http://www.highlandsborough.org/hnj/ The Water Witch Cafe https://www.waterwitchcoffee.com Lyrics Oh can you help me find Some other life, my dear For I have fallen down And could use a hand thats’s sincere And if you took mine we would travel wide And experience our years So I wont rush your mind, you can take your time I’ll be waiting down here But if you’d come with me We’d feast in Italy And camp out in the coliseums Oh what a life living by Carpe Diem Can you handle this I know I’ve been quick to implore For the day has just begun And I’m already asking for more But I wont be waiting around theres a world to be found And I’m ready to explore So if you could think it through In a night to two I’d love to get off this floor But if you’d come with me We’d feast in Italy And camp out in the coliseums And when you need romance I’d take you to France We’ll drink our wine on the setting sun And when there’s time to save We’ll visit Eleanor’s grave London can one day be more than a dream Oh what a life living by Carpe Diem Credits Director - Andrea Morgan Director of Photography - Bart Lentini Assistant Director - Rob Ciano Choreographer - Delia Kemph Dancers Victoria Laurence Jessie McCormick Brian Erickson Joseph Pomarico Diana Sanchez Rachael Wagner Jordan Svenningson Tess Reeves Delia Kemph Andres Martinez Band In Video Victoria Laurence Brian Erickson Jordan Svenningson Jessie McCormick Joseph Pomarico Matthew Honold Michael Squillace Taryn Gonzales Collin Gonzales Andrew Oliva Crew Megan Cook Keith Egan Michelle Kondreck Kaitlin zeik Chris Dubrow Robin DiLapo Matthew Raspanti
Ghosts (Girl in All My Songs) by The Foes of Fern
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Ghosts (Girl in All My Songs) by The Foes of Fern

From the Debut album "Carpe Diem" by The Foes of Fern out now! Directed by Rob Ciano https://vydia.lnk.to/CarpeDiem www.thefoesoffern.com https://www.instagram.com/thefoesoffern https://www.facebook.com/TheFoesOfFERN LYRICS Written by Matthew Fernicola I know that every man in this room They can remember seventeen Oh lets walk into a daydream Well there were classroom fantasies And the girls that were our queens Well I too was young And I fell for love The way most adolescents do She wanted to see the country So I filler her mind with scenes Of mountaintops and city shops and everything in-between So I made that girl hate me I forgot her birthday Showed up a day late Sang her least favorite song Because she wanted a family And I needed the big screen So I did the right thing And told her to move on But these days I’m thinking of The girl in all my songs I know that everyone has their ghosts They follow us where we go We watch them on our tv shows And they’re singing on the radio I met mine on a Monday And I was hers by a Tuesday But the weekend was something we never knew Cuz she was walking her way And I was walking my way I don’t think this could have ever changed So I made that girl hate me I forgot her birthday Showed up a day late Sang her least favorite song Because she wanted a family And I needed the big screen So I did the right thing And told her to move on Yeah that’s just what she did She found a new man Stuck with her old plans And now their kids are growing up Well I think I’d like to meet them But I don’t know if I can Build up my courage And look her in the eyes And see some other life That could have been Mine But these days I’m thinking of The girl in all my songs Looking for other great Asbury bands? Find them at www.telegraphhillrecords.com
The Foes of Fern - Bike Song (Official Music Video)
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The Foes of Fern - Bike Song (Official Music Video)

Third Single from The Foes of Fern's album "Carpe Diem" Stream it NOW https://open.spotify.com/artist/6paBX7yxQt55Xed4JPtZTO?si=k4PD9uG9TWS_vVLsc7SiOg The Foes of Fern - Bike Song (Official Music Video) Video directed and edited by Andrea Morgan Camera operators - Matt Smith, Matt Raspanti PA - Charlotte Nagy Bike Thief - Ava Serene Portman Foes - Fern, Joe Pomarico, Jessie McCormick, Victoria Laurence, Chris Dubrow, Michael Squillace Extras - Riley Schiro, Renee Maskin, Joey Jazz, Tyler Linsley, Jennifer Pomarico, Brian Erickson, Kristen Costa, Natalie Farrell, Chris and his kid. Song written by Matthew Fernicola Arranged by Matthew Fernicola, Michael Squillace and Victoria Romano Recorded and mixed By Joe Pomarico at Telegraph Hill Records Mastered by Zach Kornhauser and Joe Pomarico at Telegraph Hill records Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Lead Vocal - Fern Drums - Owen Flanagan Bass - Zachary Vanacoro Tuba - Victoria Laurence Trombone - Andrew Ludwig Trumpet - Bruce Krywinski Jr. Bari Sax / Flute - Sam Tobias Alto Sax / Clarinet -Micheal Squillace Clarinet 2 - Paul Caruso Violin / Viola - Victoria Romano Backing Vocalist - Joe Pomarico, Branden Steinagle, Victoria Laurence, Andrew Ludwig, Chris Habiby, Andrea Morgan, Mark Morgan, Jade McDonnough, Emily Nevins, Kristen Costa, Jordan Svenningson, Tess Reeves, Katherine Quintana, Connor Bracken, Chris Dubrow, Joey Henderson Special thanks to: Mike Mehalick for helping promote the music Simon Jewel, Alex Fulton, Joey Henderson, Branden Steinagle, and Ryan Gregg, for mix notes My old Airacuda bandmates for inspiring the song - Matthew Menges, Eddie Ruddick, Aaron Kessler, Roland Greco and Andrew Ho Lyrics: Bike Song I left you last night When you were still mine I left you tied up Safe and tight But when I awoke The chains binding you broke And you were gone Gone gone gone gone gone Now someone new is riding you Someone new is going downtown on you Someone new Someone new’s riding you Now everyone looks like you On the street And I feel the pain In my feet I’m forced down the green line Sick to my stomach all the time Because you’re gone Gone gone gone gone gone Now someone new is riding you Someone new is going downtown on you Someone new Someone new’s riding you © 2018 Matthew Fernicola www.telegraphhillrecords.com https://www.facebook.com/TheFoesOfFERN https://www.instagram.com/thefoesoffern/ https://www.facebook.com/telegraphhillrecords https://www.instagram.com/telegraphhillrecords
The Foes of Fern - Monkey (Official Music Video)
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The Foes of Fern - Monkey (Official Music Video)

Fifth Single from The Foes of Fern upcoming album. Directed by Dan Natale and Linda Pluhar from Mango Visuals Produced by Telegraph Hill Records and Mango Visuals Edited by Dan Natalie Camera Operators - Dan Natale and Linda Pluhar PA - Charlotte Nagy BTS Footage – Matt Smith Choreography - Delia Kemph Imposter Ferns - Jessie McCormick, Victoria Laurence, Duane Okun, Connor Bracken, Rebecca Zagha, Chris Russo, Robert Lascelles, Dan Apy, Luke Cantin, Ryan Lascelles, Noah Rauchwerk, Ian Grey, Ned Steves, Delia kemph, Jules Murtha Imposter Poms- Riley Schiro, Max Carmichael Special Thanks The Mercury Brothers. https://www.facebook.com/TheMercuryBrothers/ Matt Dubrow for Lyrical help. Magnus Bakken for arranging help. Simon Jewel for mixing help. Song written by Matthew Fernicola Arranged by Matthew Fernicola Recorded and mixed By Joe Pomarico at Telegraph Hill Records Mastered by Zach Kornhauser and Joe Pomarico at Telegraph Hill records FOES Drums - Owen Flanagan Bass - Phul James Marphlak Synth / Backing Vocals - Branden Steinagle Acoustic Guitar / Backing Vocals - Joe Pomarico Percussion - Billy McCabe Bongos - Andrew J. Ho Tenor Sax - Magnus Bakken Alto Sax - Michael Squillace Trumpet - Bruce Krywinski Jr. Tuba - Victoria Laurence Imaginary Uke Chris Dubrow © 2019 The Foes of Fern www.telegraphhillrecords.com https://www.facebook.com/TheFoesOfFERN https://www.instagram.com/thefoesoffern/ https://www.facebook.com/telegraphhil... https://www.instagram.com/telegraphhi...
The Foes of Fern - April Came in the Rain (Official Lyric Video)
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The Foes of Fern - April Came in the Rain (Official Lyric Video)

To become a Foe, click here: https://igg.me/at/TheFoesofFernAlbum/x/17956957 Debut Single from The Foes of Fern's upcoming album "Girl In All My Songs (Ghosts)" The Foes of Fern - April Came in the Rain (Official Lyric Video) Performed by The Foes of Fern Written by Matthew Fernicola Animation by Gabe Cohen Produced by Joe Pomarico at Telegraph Hill Records Guitar / Lead Vox - Fern Bass- Phil Marflak Drums- Owen Flanagan Keys / Vox - Branden Steinagle Acoustic Guitar / Vox - Joe Pomarico Tuba - Victoria Laurence Violin - Victoria Romano Violin - Gabriello Lewis Cello - Katherine Haroldson Trumpet - Pål Gunnar Fiksdal Trombone - Runar Fiksdal Tenor Sax - Magnus Bakken Alto Sax - Michael Squillace Special Thanks - Matthew Menges, Simon Jewel, Adeline Franco Paddick Lyrics: April Came in the Rain I don’t know if your angels can fly All I know is that my devil’s in the sky And he’s been pushing me to Reno Trying to steal a Johnny Cash line He’s telling me I gotta go left or right Well one way wants me to bow to God’s might And the other wants my money Well keep your hand in your own pocket man Oh April came with the rain Oh April came with the rain So April came in the rain I don’t know where my meaning lies I just say some words and hope that they rhyme Cuz the people at the Inkwell You got no idea what I’m saying Hey hey hey Smoke your bottles and drink your weed Close your eyes and float to sweet serenity Cause it all don’t matter Bernie ain’t gonna save you Oh April came with the rain Yeah April came with the rain Oh April came in the rain I’ll say this once I ain’t sayin it again There ain’t no use changing the words in my head So I’m running back to Reno Just to watch him die So it don’t matter what I say I’m just here to entertain So April came with the rain Yeah April came with the rain April came in the rain © 2018 Matthew Fernicola www.telegraphhillrecords.com https://www.facebook.com/TheFoesOfFERN https://www.instagram.com/thefoesoffern/
The Foes of Fern - Sun Day (Official Music Video) Feat. Avery Mandeville
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The Foes of Fern - Sun Day (Official Music Video) Feat. Avery Mandeville

Second Single from The Foes of Fern's upcoming album The Foes of Fern - Sun Day (Official Music Video) Performed by The Foes of Fern Written by Matthew Fernicola Video Directed by Robert E. Proto Music Produced by Dylan McLean at Firehouse Studios Mix and Mastered by Joe Pomarico at Telegraph Hill Records Featured Vocalist: Avery Mandeville from "Avery Mandeville and The Man Devils" https://open.spotify.com/artist/6AAHmCj4wfp9xm2iH2kpNI?si=hdgcs7aORbOiO9cPsyHC7A Performers: Fern - Guitar, Bass, Keys, Lead Vocals Dylan McLean - Drums Joey Henderson - Guitar Chris Dubrow - Uke Aaron Kessler- Pedal Steel Katherine Haroldson - Cello Victoria Romano - Viola Gabriello Lewis - Violin Avery Mandeville - Background Vocals Joe Pomarico - Background Vocals Boat Riders: Avery Mandeville Victoria Laurence Joe Pomarico Brandon Steinagle Chelsea Richardson Dylan McLean Robert E. Proto Special Thanks to: Our People Entertainment Ryan Gregg Simon Jewel Lyrics: Sun Day If we measured all of time We’d each live one day If we weighed our lives We’d each float away But today there ain’t a cloud in the sky So why should I spend it inside? There’s just so much left to do And I want to do it all Before the sun decides to fall I’ll be gray at 33 But that does not matter to me As the years go soaring by I’ll be the one that’s alive Cuz today there ain’t a cloud in the sky So why should I spend it inside? There’s just so much left to do And I want to do it all Before the sun decides to fall © 2018 Matthew Fernicola www.telegraphhillrecords.com https://www.facebook.com/TheFoesOfFERN https://www.instagram.com/thefoesoffern/
The Foes of Fern "Money Man" Live
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The Foes of Fern "Money Man" Live

The Foes went to the Poconos back in February 2020 to start tracking their second LP. Here is a video of the band vacation while working out a new tune, "Money Man" Video edited by Bart Lentini Recorded by Joe Pomarico from Telegraph Hill Records Music Written and Performed by The Foes of Fern Drums - Andrew Oliva Bass - Dave Chiesa Uke / Vox - Jessie McCormmick Guitar / Vox - Fern Percussion - Cara Introcaso Tuba - Victoria Laurence Trombone - Andrew Ludwig Bari Sax - Steve Heimbuch Dog - Kora Band Photographer /Dog Mom - Michelle Kondreck Money Man, you talk so beautifully Money Man, you're painting pictures I'll never see Like a big back yard for a family and a dog The grass is green it's a beautiful scene Tax man comes and he wants that money Well the secret son is you just got to make none They'll be diggin in your yard for all that cash Well jokes on them I ain't coming back Oh but the wheels they turn They aint no breaking it I've learned But it'd be nice to have a little stability No I'm just waiting on a check from last week Then we work work work till our bones are dry Hang our hats and cry Because the real money comes when you die Money money money money green Oh Money Man, you want to buy my song? If you really like it you can take it to the boss Then you and all your money mans can try to make my dollars dance Oh but I don't need any of the greed But it'd be nice to have a little stability No I'm just waiting on a check from last week Then we work work work till our bones are dry Hang our hats and cry Because the real money comes when you die Money money money money green Money money money money greed Money money money money green Money money money money greed Money money money money green Money money money money greed Money money money money green
 
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