Your Favorite Enemies
Your Favorite Enemies finished the recording of their album “Between Illness And Migration” in early January. Mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, The Kills, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile, Turbonegro, Bob Dylan) at Fluxivity Studio in New York City. Agnello says the album goes “from totally raging to mellow, include a lot of sonic guitars and different layers, with some of the songs being epic journeys. Prog rock, noise rock & early emo sounding, the album reminds of Sonic Youth, Mars Volta, and Smashing Pumpkins”. Faithful to their DIY ethos, the band decided to release the album on different dates in different markets, with unique track listings and artworks for every release. Thus, Between Illness And Migration has first been released in Japan on March 20, 2013, through King Records. Long awaited by fans in Japan, the album has been well received in Japan, and put the album amongst the featured artists for weeks in Tower Records.
On July 8, 2013, Your Favorite Enemies released the EP Youthful Dreams of an Old Empire exclusively in the UK. The 3-track EP, a prequel to the release of the full-length album Between Illness And Migration, has been well received by critics all over the country. AltSounds said of the EP that it “showcases their blend of alternative, shoegazer, new prog, and brooding noise rock, in places reminiscent of The Raveonettes and Crocodiles and lyrically influenced by bands like The Clash, The Ramones, and The Cure amongst others”. With Guitars claimed that “the band have stoked this debut release. There really is not much to separate out a lead track”, while Louder Than War compared Your Favorite Enemies to Nickelback, saying that the former are “light years better”. The band also received positive reviews from Sound Revolution.
On September 6, 2013, the band released the Australian version of their album Between Illness And Migration. The album received 4 out of 5 stars by The Sydney Morning Herald, saying that Your Favorite Enemies were “experienced and talented enough to make music that swells and moves and keeps you enthralled, this band, with demagogue Alex Foster at the helm, enjoys taking its audience on a journey. The positive, energetic, oceanic work, with its expansive guitars and pounding drums, and Foster’s inquisitive, probing and poetically emotive vocals, shows musicians maintaining their form while riding out on some kind of edge”. In support of the release of the Australian version of Between Illness And Migration, Your Favorite Enemies embarked on their first Australian tour on September 7, 2013, and have been featured artists at Brisbane’s Big Sound Festival. Named More Than Noise And Make-Believes, the tour extended from Australia to Japan, first appearance of the band in the country since the release of the album earlier that year.
In October, the band was invited to London by Kerrang! for a photo-shoot and 2 private concerts, following which the band has been named “Canada’s best-kept secret”. The single I Just Want You To Know has also been named as one of the “top 5 songs to melt your ears”.
2014 debuted with an extensive tour for Your Favorite Enemies. After playing at the MIDEM in Cannes, France, the band embarked on a UK tour called From Upper Room To Higher Sky, that brought them all over England and Scotland twice, playing in venues such as King Tuts, The Barfly, The Thekla, and The Esquires
The France-exclusive EP Entre Marées Et Autres Ressacs has been released on April 22, 2014. Featuring a unique artwork, the EP contains 5 tracks and had been made available on the band’s online store in limited number, resulting in the EP being sold out in less than 2 weeks. Still available digitally, Entre Marées Et Autres Ressacs has seen positive reviews from numerous French webzine, amongst them Muzzart, Metalland, and Obskure Mag.
On April 20, one month before its official release, the album Between Illness And Migration has been made available for pre-order on iTunes, including a bonus song and video interview of the band. The album peaked at #2 in the iTunes chart on the day of its release, May 20, between Coldplay and The Black Keys. In the first week of its release, the album was also #6 top-selling artists in Canadian charts, which granted the band the title of “best-selling artist of the week” at HMV and Archambault. With expansive guitar textures and an intricate, art-rock production gloss, paired with a strong sociopolitical lyrical slant, this album is said to be the band’s most potent offering yet. The release of the album and its position in Canadian charts garnered a pleiad of articles in newspapers, such as Le Journal de Montreal, La Presse, L’Express de Drummondville. The band also appeared on various TV shows to talk about their newly released album, notably on CTV Ottawa Morning Live, MusiquePlus, and Radio-Canada.
The song I Just Want You To Know, first Canadian single off Between Illness And Migration, started spinning on Montreal-based rock radio CHOM-FM in April, and was chosen by Slaves on Dope’s Jason Rockman as “Big Shiny New Song of the Week” on April 21. The song was quickly added to the station’s rotation, playing as often as once a day. The band was also welcomed in the studios of the station for a live performance and interview with The Rockman. The official video clip for the song has also been added to the rotation on MuchMusic and MusiquePlus.
The album “Between Illness And Migration” has also been reviewed by Kerrang! and given 4K out of 5, stating that “blending poetically-crafted lyrics with empowering melodies, Between Illness And Migration takes us on a mesmerising journey, which tells a story of a band who are strong advocates of community values”.
Between Illness And Migration has also been nominated at the Juno Awards 2015 for “Rock Album of the Year”, alongside Sam Roberts, Arkells, The Glorious Sons and Big Wreck.
Announcing their next opus, the music video for the song 1-2-3 (One Step Away), earned an exclusive worldwide premiere on the website of Kerrang! Magazine, prior to its officially release on March 18, 2016.
On June 17, 2016, Your Favorite Enemies released Tokyo Sessions, a new interpretation of their previous album, Between Illness And Migration. The deluxe edition includes re-imagined version of all 12 tracks from the original album, along with radio edits of the singles “1-2-3 (One Step Away),” “A View From Within,” “I Just Want You To Know,” and “Where Did We Lose Each Other” as bonus tracks. The album made its debut in the 6th position of the Soundscan sales in Canada. It also made a huge splash on iTunes, where the album made a top 5 debut in 4 categories, hitting #4 in overall album sales, #2 on the Rock chart, #3 on the Alternative chart, and #2 among Canadian releases.