Foreign Shores
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Foreign Shores

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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If you ponder Bob Dylan's timeless quote from "My Back Pages," about being younger now than he was in the past, it applies dutifully to Chicago quartet Foreign Shores. Despite a relatively new moniker and vocalist/guitarist Nick Rynott graduating high school in 2011, the band - rounded out by bassist Eric Planon, drummer Dominic Gaddini and guitarist Nick Reuille - has lived almost a whole other life prior to now, growing as people and as a band, ultimately completing a debut EP that is wise beyond its years in production, songwriting and emotion.

Having all played in different bands during their high school days, the foursome eventually collaborated and formed under the name Vanished in 2010. "We played out a bit in dive bars in the northwest suburbs, with our biggest show being at Schubas in July of 2012," says Rynott. "There was never a major event resulting in our name change. We had just all grown as musicians since the time we formed. We decided to change the name because we had finally found the sound we were going for and could call our own, and the name seemed fitting."

And unlike a lot of their contemporaries, that sound that's influenced by the likes of David Bowie, The Cure and Wild Nothing, is far from cookie-cutter. From New View's very first track, "Plastic Ocean," there's an educated, astute longing in Rynott's delivery of lines like "You're a ghost between the sheets," on par with dark new-wave royalty like Morrissey or Richard Butler. Sure, there are lovelorn statements here, ("There's an ocean between us..."), but like the best singers before him, Rynott gets in a delicate parting jab, ending that line with "because of you."

Though the rest of the EP is an emotional masterpiece (the shimmering "Night Swimming," the closing charmer "Glow"), it's not mopey affair. Gaddini and Planon's propulsive rhythms - particularly on the stellar "Affection" and climactic "Disappear With Me" - push things along momentously, with Reuille and Rynott braiding their razor-sharp, clean guitars around each other with overwhelming skill. 

Aiming to play as much as possible throughout the area, Rynott says the band is hoping to tour in spring or summer of 2014, followed by another EP soon after. At this rate, who knows what sort of wisdom and gusto the band can offer up next.

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