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San Antonio, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

San Antonio, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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f.o.c. are a four-piece alternative rock band hailing from San Antonio, Texas. Their moniker derives from their original name First Order Condition, and this album constitutes their second album, having released their eponymous debut in 2013. Their music is what I would term sophisticated alternative rock, very commercial but in no way clichéd, combining elements of alt. rock bands like Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon with more mainstream and traditional rock like Train and Nickelback.

This second album, Color Blind, has been flawlessly produced by David Percefull at YellowDog Studios in Austin, Texas in June 2014. The overall sound has a gorgeous sheen you associate with well produced pop music, but the thunderous drum sound in particular lets the listener know this is very much a rock band, bringing to mind Dave Grohl sound on Nirvana's Nevermind, though still very much modern rather than dated.

The principle songwriters in the band are vocalist Nick "Nico" Evans and Christopher Pate, with the rest of the band then developing the songs. They write very well-structured and arranged pop/rock songs that quickly stick in the mind and are almost tailor made for radio, which I think bodes well for their future. For me, a rock band needs not only great songs and strong musicianship, but most importantly of all a great singer. In Nico Evans, this fundamental box is ticked and he sings everything here with passion and conviction.

Desperation is the opening track and was my personal favourite of these songs, with a beautiful Beatles-esque picked descending progression on the intro, then bursting into the verse with Evans trading lines with Pate, who also has a great voice rock n roll. I liked the way they built up to the chorus with two verses and bridges, before it kicks in with huge backing vocals chanting "close your eyes..". Pate's solo here is his best, with a superb tone and a great run at the end. This definitely has to be a single, preferably the first one.

Love My Way comes next, an excellent cover of the Psychedelic Furs' classic song, replacing the icy synths and general eighties production style with the more modern f.o.c. sound. Synth lines become lead guitar lines which works better than the original, in my opinion. It also helps that Nico Evans is a more gifted vocalist than the Furs' Richard Butler ,who was perhaps overly indebted to David Bowie's singing style. Cover versions are justifiable when they improve upon the song covered (for instance, Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchmaker), and fortunately that is very much the case here.

Summer of No Regrets has an uplifting octave guitar riff that does indeed give it a summery vibe and boasts a massive chorus, with some gorgeous choral 'Aahs' that Queen would have been proud of. Evans gets to show off his huge vocal range on this one, MacWilliams contributes some fantastic drum fills and I loved the quirky instrumental section in the middle. Another potential single.

The tone changes again for next track Sleepwalker, a more angst filled lyric that finds the protagonists in emotional turmoil, the chorus running "Should I stay home losing my mind?". It's another fine track, with the guitars alternating nicely between clean and melodic on the verses, then visceral and heavy on the choruses. It features another strong solo by Pate, though more understated than some of the others on the album.

Next track, Love Sex, as the title implies, is somewhat more 'earthy' in tone, the opening lines telling you all you need to know: "I remember you, and your love sex letters...daytime rendezvous would always make things better...". It contains a fantastic low-end guitar riff, doubled up on bass, but what stands out particularly on this track is how tight the band is. The drums (Scott MacWilliams) and bass (Chris Kosiorek) are interlocked throughout as any good rhythm section should be, and the chunky guitars and throaty vocals add up to a potent brew.

Guitarist Christopher Pate gets to shine a couple of minutes in with a superb solo that brought to mind Slash's finest moments on Appetite For Destruction. At three minutes the song enters a breakdown and long building section, leading to an epic finish with a choral synth sound and Evans intoning "We're running out of time to find our heaven...". It concludes another fine song, and another definite possible single, if a risqué one.

Whiskey and Wine comes last, a short but very lovely guitar instrumental that adds a nice melancholy ending to proceedings. The picked melody is hauntingly beautiful, and gives an almost cinematic finish to the album. Overall, these six tracks prove f.o.c. as serious contenders for the crown of best rock band out there, with at least three songs potentially huge radio hits. f.o.c. can be as big as they want to be.


Alex Faulkner (The Faulkner Review) - Faulkner Reviews


F.O.C. is an interesting blend of rock music, taking influences from classic rock, 80's shred guitar, and 90's alternative and fusing it all into their own new thing. Their music wouldn't necessarily fit firmly into the classic rock genre but the influences of Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, or Van Halen can be heard throughout this six song album. With that being said, the majority of these songs harken back to the sound of the early 90's heyday for alternative rock and grunge.

The album starts on a mellow vibe, but doesn't waste anytime kicking things into high gear on "Desperation." The opening of this song reminds me of a Jimmy Paige ballad with a subtle acoustic guitar movement that leads us immediately into the meat and potatoes of F.O.C.'s sound. The song picks up with chugging electric guitar and matching bass line. This track is pretty good snap shot of what F.O.C. does well and it serves them well as the first track on the album. "Desperation" is a upbeat and catchy rock song with big vocal arrangements on the chorus and a perfectly placed guitar solo before the final chorus and verse. This is what F.O.C. is clearly setting out to create and the track is a great way to set that mood to carry us through the rest of the album.

The third track is a cover of Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way." This is the only cover on the album but it's an excellent feel for F.O.C. The band gives an updated take on the instrumentation while still maintaining a nostalgic 80's feel. While the original song is something closer to new wave, F.O.C. takes their version about 10 years into the future losing the synth-y sounds and letting the guitars do most of the heavy lifting. When it comes to an album, I would have to say I am the most critical of cover songs, but F.O.C. soundly pulls of the cover on this album.

"Summer of No Regrets" is a great example of how F.O.C. blurs the line between classic and alternative rock. The rhythm guitar drives the song with a feel that is reminiscent of a Foo Fighters' song while the backing vocals, cascading "ahh ahhs" reminds me of something right out of a Tom Petty track. The lyrical content here is also more similar to a classic rock song than alternative.

The following song, "Sleepwalker" falls much more firmly into the alternative rock category, with a heavy, thumping bass line leading us into the song with a highly affected rhythmic guitar falling in soon after. The track reminds me of early 90's alternative rock that I love. The drum beat holds the song together as the rest of the instrumentation bounces from driving and upbeat to sparse and moody. The chorus on this song isn't quite as strong as some of the other songs on the album like "Desperation" but it still has an interesting and relevant narrative.

"Love Sex" is one of the best riff-based tracks on the album. From the very start of the song, you're pulled in by a tight and catchy riff. The lyrics are not my favorite here though, at least through the verse. The phrase "love sex letters" just feels a little forced. But the chorus is quite excellent in lyrics and performance. The outro of "Love Sex" is one of the more dynamic parts of the album with some pad synths coming in and everything just kind of spaces out for a bit. It's a great lead in to the final track "Whisky + Wine."

The band really shows us another side for the first time on "Whisky + Wine." This is the first and only time the album really slows down with a ballad-worthy composition played on the acoustic guitar. The track is mostly an outro for the album, clocking in at only about a minute and a half, but ending the album on this track is a bit of a double-edged sword. It's the first spot in the album where the music gives us some breathing room, and I feel myself waiting on the rest of the band to come in with the guitar, but it never happens. It leaves us wanting more. And that's not a bad thing. Here's to another play of Color Blind.

Stay tuned to F.O.C.'s Facebook page for more news about when their second album will be available for purchase in early 2015. - Winslow Family Productions


F.O.C. is an alternative/rock band from San Antonio, Texas. Nick Evans (vocals), Christopher Pate (guitars), Scott MacWilliams (drums) and Chris Kosiorek (bass, keyboards), developed the songs of songwriters Evans and Pate for the band’s first album. The self-titled debut was recorded at Keith Harter Studios (San Antonio) and independently released in 2013. f.o.c.’s second album was produced by David Percefull and recorded at YellowDog Studios in Austin, Texas in June 2014. The album, entitled “Color Blind,” will be released in early 2015. We asked them about their start, and their plans and ideas for their upcoming album in the interview below – exclusively here on Entertwine.net!

Could you tell us a bit about each of the band’s members and how you all met and began creating and performing together?
Nick: About six years ago I was playing in a small band in Colorado, looking to stretch out a little and form or join a really good cover band after moving to San Antonio in 2009. So I began communicating with a keyboard player on craigslist, who put together basically a large audition with about 10 to 12 people. The auditioning members got together and Chris P. joined late (naturally) and came in on the middle of us all playing a song–I was impressed with the unique guitar style and the two kicked it off from there.
Nick: Chris and I stayed in touch over the next couple of weeks; Chris indicated that he knew a drummer and asked if I would like to get together and jam. That drummer was Scotty (Scott MacWilliams). Related, Chris P. and Scott also played with a now defunct cover band before Scott, Chris P, and myself finally got together. There were a couple of iterations of the band over the next couple of years and it seems we went through a bass player every other month. We were starting to get a little frustrated about that but as luck would have it Chris P. was playing in another cover band (Oldies) and the bass player in that band was open to coming and playing with us and that ended up being: Chris K., Chris P., and Chris K., who have worked together musically for almost 8 years.
Nick: We got Chris K. up to speed with about 45 to 50 songs and did that for a little while. But then the doctor (Chris P.) suggested that maybe we should start doing originals and gave me a CD of some of his stuff. I had to be honest with him and tell him that I didn’t really like it and didn’t think they were very good songs maybe because they were just to bluesy and I’m not into that. To his credit he didn’t get all pouty and I also admitted that what the hell do I know I couldn’t write a song if I had to! Well that little fluky exchange between the two of us must’ve started something because shortly thereafter we went to his house and literally just sat down with one other and said let’s try to write a song! The good news? We did actually write a song. The bad news? It was awful. We’ve never recorded it but I actually still have a version of it. Regardless, the process became a little easier each time and Chris’s songwriting skills began to grow exponentially. The two of us have actually settled on a process that works really well and we’re going to continue to utilize that creative process until it simply doesn’t work anymore. Hopefully that never happens!
Scott: I was born and raised in Ohio, lived in Southern California for 21 years and then moved to San Antonio 8 years ago. I’ve played in several cover bands and in one original band back in the day that I thought was going to make it (Perfect Stranger)!
Chris P: About me…played since my teen days…started out playing bass back and singing in Montgomery, Alabama and never quit having a stringed instrument attached to me. Moved to guitar as an older teen, do a little keys. Played overseas in Korea and Japan (downtown Tokyo was awesome) and have done the power trio thing w John Passarelli (Icarus Witch).
Chris K: Former military; bassist and keyboardist. Have played form metal to oldies to what I’m doing now w f.o.c. and have also written some tunes and bring music mastering/production to the band’s capabilities.
ET: What is the significance of the band’s moniker?
Nick: The band name and logo is derived from the fact that when we finally had a solid lineup for the original cover band that group featured three math teachers who all taught math at some level. At that time we still didn’t have a name and I can’t quite remember how it came up but I think we were talking about different types of math equations etc. and then somebody said the phrase first order condition. I remember latching onto that thinking that’s not too bad. So we went with that band name for quite a while until we realized that it was quite a mouthful. Ultimately we ended up just shortening it to FOC. The font that we’re using now is actually something of a math font but we’re getting away from the math references now because with the exception of the doctor (Chris P) the rest of us in the band are math morons!
Chris P: Yes..and f.o.c.’s meaning today is tied directly to the math ideas behind what it stands for (first order condition)–the f.o.c. is the optimal point of a curve (necessary condition)…no matter what you’ve been through, one should always do the best to reach and live your goals. Find your point of optimality and live it. Kind of like we love doing through our music.
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ET: What can you tell us about the music scene of San Antonio, Texas? What is it like living in San Antonio? What was it like working on your self-titled debut album in San Antonio at Keith Harter Studios?
Scott: The music scene is here is as diverse as the people living here. There is a thriving Tejano scene, metal is very big here and of course, country is huge. You can go out on any given night and find pretty much any music style you happen to be into, from classic rock, jazz, acoustic or the genres I mentioned earlier. There is also a vibrant original music scene, which we are trying to break into, with a lot of venues that cater to original music.
Living in San Antonio, for me personally, is great. I was born and raised in Ohio, lived in Southern California for 21 years and then moved to San Antonio 8 years ago. I have to say this is the best place I’ve been. All the different culture, the food, the job opportunities, the people are friendly – I love it here!
We had a great experience recording at Harter’s. It was our first time in the studio as a band, we were doing the first songs we ever wrote. We learned a lot about what to do and what not to do. We shopped around before we settled on Harter’s. The staff there was great to us and Keith Harter gave us some great suggestions on some parts to add here and there. When it was time to do the next album we decided to go to Austin and stay there while we did it, which made a difference, I think. We all stayed together from start to finish which was great. There were no distractions, no worrying about going back and forth to home, no jobs, no family, just the band and the task at hand. We wanted to make a better record, we knew what we wanted and the sound we were looking for. We had pre-production rehearsals with the producer so when we went in we were focused and ready and we knocked it out with no trouble. Everyone knew there parts and we nailed it.
Chris: Keith is an excellent musician and his studio is state of the art. We had a blast there and only wish we could’ve lived there for a week straight.
ET: What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your upcoming album “Color Blind”? What was it like recording this record in Austin, Texas at YellowDog Studios?
Chris P: I think all of us have been through the normal things that people go through–lots of things that suck (divorce, death of friends, relationship stuff, estrangement) and lots of things that are awesome (friendship, loving families/spouses, shared passion for music). Chris K and I are both military veterans. Think that the underlying theme for color blind has been related to relationship strains, losses, loves and even hope. The song “color blind” is complete and finished, yet does not appear on this album. We anticipate that we’ll see that one on our next release. Kind of getting at how people view the world–not in a strictly medical sense, but in the sense that people have different views of the very same subject, and it certainly applies to relationships as well.
Recording in Austin was so very cool. We lived in the studio for 3 days with our producer (David Percefull). David added those subtle musical elements that we could not imagine…the harmonies, the tones. Interestingly, we used no harmonizing effects (harmonizers) in the studio on any of the vocals. Our producer pushed Nick on the laying down some of the most impressive harmonies on several of the tracks, most notably “love my way.”
ET: Could you tell us a bit about the songs that are featured on this new record?
Nick: Well the first thing I’ll say about the new songs is we’re really proud of them. They came together with a lot less effort then the first record did and yet we think that they’ve allowed us to grow quite a bit as songwriters. When we look back at our very first EP, and it’s important to remember that it really was our first songs that any of us had ever written, the only thing about them is while they’re not that bad songs they’re just very basic. But you know what? That was okay for then and still is. You can’t grow if you don’t at least try and do something to get started. The new songs however have a lot more complexity and really have a distinctive groove and FOC feel. It sounds strange and I’m not sure that everybody else in the band would look at it this way but when I sing the songs off the first record I almost feel like I’m performing them in a cover band; you know, like somebody else actually wrote them. In contrast the new songs are almost like a part of me and I really enjoy performing them. I really hope that we can help this new EP get some legs because I really do believe there’s a few songs on this record that a lot of people will enjoy.
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ET: Who are your biggest musical influences collectively as a group? How do the sounds, textures, and styles of these artists/musicians/producers find their way into your original compositions?
Scott M: Our influences are pretty varied, but we all love 70’s and 80’s rock, that’s what we grew up listening to. Chris uses a lot of chords that aren’t normally associated with rock. They are more jazz oriented chords, but played with a rock attitude and tone. I respond immediately to what Chris is playing on guitar. That’s always my first focus when I hear a song for the first time. I follow and play to what the guitar is doing, mainly the rhythm pattern. then I adjust what I play depending on what Nick is doing with the vocals. I’ll change the dynamics or make the beat more sparse so the vocals will be more prominent. Nick loves 70’s pop, so that style really comes across in the songs. By the time we add all our individual parts to the original idea, it sounds different. Ultimately though, it always sounds like us, which I think is rock guitars and drums with pop vocals on top.
Chris P: Agree with Scott…very diverse set of musical interests. Personally I’m all over the place. In fact, what’s on my ipod playlist ranges from Pat Metheny to the Deftones to Jamey Johnson to Annie Lennox. You can definitely hear an 80s/90s influence on our music. With guitar being the lead instrument in the band, I try to keep things interesting and use quirky chord structures that are dissonant enough to be interesting yet not so strange as to take us out of the mainstream alt/rock genre, whatever that means. I particularly love some of the guitar tones/structures used by George Lynch in Dokken/Lynch Mob and try to incorporate those tones into the songs/recording. Also love Nuno’s playing/tones, particularly on the “III Sides” album and in fact used the same type of amp that he used on that album (an early 90s Soldano Super Lead 60).
ET: What do the remaining months of 2014 hold in store for F.O.C.? Do you have any upcoming performances booked? How do you plan to market “Color Blind” in preparation for its release?
Chris P: We just finished a huge show (3 Oct 14) in support of Brooke Army Medical Center with Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band. For the rest of the year, we’ll be gearing up for our CD release event, which we’re projecting for January 2015–in fact, this focus is our priority even to the extent of getting shows booked. We’ve got some plans to do some acoustic shows perhaps as ways to extend our reach and reach other people that wouldn’t go to live music venues to hear all original music. We think our music would translate well acoustically–in fact, “color blind” was first played live as an acoustic tune! We’re excited about the future and what the f.o.c. has to bring to the music scene locally and nationally. We’re also looking at extending our support to the military through touring with the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment. - Entertwine: The Entertainment Blog


This is one of the more interesting blends of the rock genre that I’ve heard in a while. I’ll have to admit…at first I wasn’t sure…I was approaching First Order Condition, also known as F.O.C., with a caution of sorts; I was afraid that I might be pulled back into the 1980’s somehow after reading some of their influences…NOW I know I couldn’t be happier with what I’m listening to from F.O.C.

There’s nothing to fear but fear itself – isn’t that what they say?

As it opens with “Desperation,” there’s no doubt that you can hear the influence of bands like Van Halen or perhaps even Def Leppard – but if that was ALL you could hear, this review would be over pretty damn quick…don’t get your panties in a bunch just yet, let me explain… This opening track would make for a perfect show-opener…it’s energetic, based in riff-rock and big-chorus anthems. Wicked guitar solo-work right here from the get-go, clearly demonstrating some massive skills here right at the outset of Colorblind.

While they draw on this sound, it is updated and modernized, combined and twisted in so many ways that you can hear elements of all forms of the rock genre as they bend and switch between styles. The middle of the album confirms this as “Summer Of No Regrets,” and “Sleepwalker,” show their incredible gift to push right to the boundaries of rock with a punk or pop edge, completely at will. The shifting between sounds and solos sounds effortless for them, captivating for us – you can’t ask for much more than that. “Summer Of No Regrets,” features a U2-meets-REAL-rock in this particular cut, great breakdown nearly three minutes in that even Radiohead would be proud of. It’s a great big song that commands attention with it’s comforting hooks. With “Sleepwalker,” you get an intensely inventive track, one where the bass of Chris Kosiorek really gets to shine, keeping the rhythm and pulse in the dark through the verse, nearly like a song from The Cure before they explode into a rocking chorus, only to settle right back into the rhythmic verse. Love the energy in both of these tracks…you can hear the determination and grit. Particularly, “Sleepwalker,” is the track that’s got me believing up to this point in the album…they’ve demonstrated some fantastic songs already, but is it just me or is this album gaining incredible strength as it plays on?

The rock-induced vocals of Nick Evans never forget to include melody, drifting between styles reminiscent of Robert Plant or Bono, perhaps Scott Weiland at times too, but always spot on with his tone. Songs like “Lovesex” are so much more than a clever title, they’re classic-rock influenced nods to the influences that have paved the way with subtle throwback moments in the mix of a modernized sound. And the energy in this band! Particularly in this track, it beats along furiously, has the perfect stop/start chop-thang going on and the dueling vocals in this track work perfectly together. Again, great emphasis on melody and songwriting, changing up the parts and keeping the music incredibly dynamic; it’s impossible not to love “Lovesex” – that breakdown at three and a half minutes in was perfect, leading to a fitting end and intro into the final cut, “Whisky + Wine.”

Some songs…they deserve an entire page, not just a paragraph…and this is one of them. In what is absolutely one of the most stunningly beautiful endings to an album that I’ve ever laid ears upon, “Whisky + Wine” is so much more than just a perfect ending to an incredible experience, it’s a true highlight in beautiful, melodic songwriting and recording. Stripped down to only acoustic-guitar, Christopher Pate flies this last track solo from the rest of his band in a song that’s so good you could never leave this off the record.

So there you have it, dear readers. Whether First Order Condition is coming at you full-speed in tracks like “Love My Way,” you can always hear their influence, yes, but you can also hear just how much incredible effort into making this music relevant that they’ve put in here. Not a single stale thing about this album; this particular track reminds me a little of something like…hmmm….A-Ha-meets-Ken Andrews. The chorus and instrumentation…it’s all here on this fantastic effort, full of completely incredible instincts for their craft. Captivating songs! I know I’m going backwards in order here now, but what can I say….I’ve got this on repeat already.

Give it a listen, I bet you will too. Find them at their official page: www.firstordercondition.com - Sleeping Bag Studios


Oh yeah you have to checkout F.O.C. and their latest EP “Color Blind”. It rocks and has tight production. Let’s dig into this indie treasure piece by piece. You should pickup a copy @ iTunes now just in time for the New Year!

“Summer of No Regrets” This is a great track featuring a powerful and catchy guitar riff. Nico really has powerful vocals and the band fires on all cylinders. This track is so full of power and the chorus with its backing vocals really kicks it.

“Love My Way” This rendition of the classic Psychedelic Furs track rocks it and takes the song in a completely and hard hitting place.

“Desperation” A great rock song! This one features powerful and tight production with Nico’s powerful vocals. A great tune that with hooks that will have any listener playing this track over and over.

“Sleepwalker” A catchy bass and rhythm section accompanied by ephereal guitars makes this one epic track! The refined songwriting of F.O.C. really shines on this one with all of its twists and turns.

“Lovesex” Oh yeah this one rocks it and then some! The tight sound and power that F.O.C. delivers on this one really makes it a hot number that will get anyone up and shakin’ it. The riffs and edginess of this track grows on you and wants you to play over and over until you dig in deep.

“Whiskey & Wine” Great acoustic guitar on this one with fantastic finesse and style.

The latest EP from F.O.C. “Color Blind” features a tight sound that will lure all listeners into a state of higher energy. This one is a must for any serious audiophile’s collection and will not disappoint from the start to end. Bravo!!! - Very Cool Tunes


“Color Blind” has got to be one of the most striking and best overall alternative-rock Ep’s of 2014.
Nick Evans (vocals), Christopher Pate (guitars), Scott MacWilliams (drums) and Chris Kosiorek (bass, keyboards), make up the alternative/rock band from San Antonio, Texas called f.o.c. The acronym f.o.c. originates from First Order Condition, which was the band’s original name in 2011. The band released their first independent album, which was recorded at Keith

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Harter Studios (San Antonio), during 2013. The album contained songs develop from songs by songwriters Evans and Pate. “Color Blind,” f.o.c.’s latest 6-track Ep, released during December 2014, was produced by David Percefull and recorded at YellowDog Studios in Austin, Texas during June 2014.

The neighborhood of alternative-rock inhabited by f.o.c. is admittedly crowded with residents of the first order -from Grammy winners to Multi-Platinum sellers. That being said, f.o.c. truly are good at what they do, and it’s never been more evident than on this remarkably consistent Ep.

The songs are powerful, thoughtful, and incredibly infectious. The band delivers tunes ranging from loud and proud, to middle of the road catchy and clever, and even an acoustically driven ballad-esque sound to close the Ep. There are no fillers, no mediocre songs, and most importantly, there is not one song on here that you will want to skip.



f.o.c. hit hard from the outset with “Desperation”, to quickly set the tone of the Ep. The opening 2 bars reminded me of the intro on Boston classic, “More Than A Feeling”, but the song quickly turned into a straight-up, raunchy rocker, with enough melody to tantalize your ears. The track is a perfect showcase for the band’s vocal and harmony prowess, embodied in f.o.c.’s trump card –Nico Evans.

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“Love My Way” jumps the gun with the same rhythmic guitar riffs and cool drum beat. And when vocalist Nico Evans moves into his lane, you know that the Psychedelic Furs’ are just about to be outdone…on their own song. Few covers ever match their originals, let alone surpass them. Clearly the intense vibrancy of this song was meant to be resonated by a guitar-driven sound instead of sterile synths. f.o.c. prove that beyond any reasonable doubt.

For “Summer of No Regrets” it takes about one-and-a-half listens, and after those one-and-a-half listens, you realize how excellent of a song this is -especially if you are a Radio Station boss. It’s a no-brainer. Energy, heart, crisp rhythm and soaring vocals; slip it into the station playlist and push play. It’s that easy to satisfy listeners!



“Sleepwalker” has a racey post-punk backbeat held together brilliantly by drummer Scott MacWilliams and Chris Kosiorek on bass, but this is clearly the heat of the moment for the band’s instrumentalists, so Christopher Pate forges a subtle but stinging guitar solo to match the rest.

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For me “Lovesex” represents the absolute pinnacle of performance on this Ep. It wraps up everything f.o.c. is, as a band. It’ as if they took every artistic expression on “Color Blind” and concisely wrapped it up into a four minute song. The result is catchy, complex, melodic and powerful all at once. It is a musical masterpiece and a perfect calling card for this alternative rock band. “Lovesex” showcases the band’s talents as individual performers, but more importantly it exhibits their extraordinary artistic cohesiveness as a unit.

The acoustics of “Whiskey + Wine” comes just in time to wind things down and close the Ep, allowing you a moment to reflect on what came before, and what may be in the future. “Color Blind” has got to be one of the most striking, and best overall Ep’s of alternative-rock I have heard all of 2014. - Jam Sphere


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f.o.c. is an alternative/rock band from San Antonio, Texas.  Nick Evans (vocals), Christopher Pate (guitars, vocals), Scott MacWilliams (drums, percussion) and Chris Kosiorek (bass, keyboards, vocals), developed the songs of songwriters Evans and Pate for the band's first album, which was recorded at Keith Harter Studios (San Antonio) and independently released in 2013. f.o.c.'s second album was produced by David Percefull and recorded at YellowDog Studios in Austin, Texas in June 2014. The album, entitled "Color Blind," was released in December 2014. The acronym f.o.c. originates from First Order Condition, which was used as the band's original name when formed in 2011.

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