Founding bandmates Brian Holl (guitar, vocals) and Eric Hillman (keys, guitar, vocals) changed their band’s original name, Flights, over to Foreign Fields, when feelings they were trying to portray in their music began to take solid form. “It felt like a place, and that’s what we try to do with our songs. We try to take you out of the real world a little bit and let you suspend your belief,” said Holl in an interview with The A.V. Club.
Holl and Hillman found an abandoned office building in the beginning of 2012, set up their equipment, and set to work on what would eventually become Foreign Field’s first full-length, “Anywhere But Where I Am.” Soon afterwards, Nathan Reich (guitar, vocals) Clayton Fike (bass, keys, vocals) and Nate Babbs (drums) would met up with Holl and Hillman and join forces, turning what was once a duo into a full-fledged band.
Defining their sound as electronic-folk, Foreign Fields took “Anywhere But Where I Am” down to Tennessee, staking claim to their new home in search of greener pastures. Searching for someplace better is a common theme threaded through the band’s first album, a mutual feeling bandmates share — that no matter where they end up, there must be something better somewhere else.
Things have to seem pretty good in Tennessee though, as “Anywhere But Where I Am” has seen special attention from Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, who Foreign Fields were lucky enough to meet at SXSW, as well as room with in New York City for two weeks as part of one of their nation-wide tours.
Sadly, it hasn’t all been good news for the band. Earlier this month, while at a tour stop in Atlanta, Georgia, Foreign Fields fell victim to burglary. Their touring van, “Jo-Jo,” was broken into, and the band lost over $2,000 in equipment. They’ve been slowly recuperating since, not allowing bad breaks to ruin their tour.
All eyes forward, Foreign Fields has been in search of a record label as they begin drafting their second album. A three-track EP, “Names and Races,” was released this October.
Dean Goranites | Associate Editor