Alex Henry Foster: "This album was liberating for me - it was more about the songs than the performance"

Alex Henry Foster
(Image credit: Stephanie Bujold)

Following the death of his father from cancer in 2016, Alex Henry Foster placed his main project, Canadian cult rockers Your Favourite Enemies on hiatus, and left for Tangier, Morocco. By the time he returned to Canada, he and his former bandmates had recorded his first solo album, a cathartic mix of post-rock and noise-rock that's a far cry from anything the band had done before.

Your Favourite Enemies have toured all over the world, but they're still best known in their native Canada for their well-executed, punchy alt-rock. In their later work, they incorporated more shoegaze and post-rock elements, as well as a closer attention to sound design and layering in their production. Even so, the tracks and their presentation had a calculated slickness and a sheen that's been all but abandoned for Alex's new project.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.