BIO - The Foam Heads
The Foam Heads, from Oxford UK, formed in early 2020 as songwriters, writing about modern life to the backdrop of their music from guitar anthems to a semi-acoustic ether. The Foam Heads are Gareth on bass, synth and vocals, Nick on guitars, keyboards and vocals, and Mark on drums.
Like many artists the past two years of lockdowns has interrupted proceedings. Forced into working online rather than together in the rehearsal room, their synthesiser based remix (release date 18 Feb 2022) was the happy result. Mass Extinction was originally recorded at Glasshouse Studios (with Jamie Hyatt from Bedd at the controls).
With something like normality returning, "Rain" kicks-off (again) a series of new music releases planned for 2022, recorded at Oxfordshire Music Rooms with Kyle Mundy engineering (ex Peerless Pirates). Signing up to MAS Records’ artist development scheme in 2021 led to gigs at The Jericho and Bullingdon with other local bands (In-Flight Movie, Raleigh Green, Scene It All, O Moon and more), only to see the scheme collapse into a funding vortex (underfunding of grass roots music and the arts – that’s for another time). March 2022 saw the Foam Heads support October Drift with more gigs planned.
Their releases for 2022 will be through OneRPM.
They are named after an ecological incident in Oxford where the Oxford Mail reported on a military chemical spill, saying that 'a wave of Foam Heads (down the river Thames) for the City'.
GB, Bandzoogle, 2022.
An outstanding sonic peach of a single, with a stone hard truth at its core.
Waste of the World - There is a YouTube lyric video that goes with the song that features some amazing drone footage of waste dumps, which can be a real shock at the size of them. Definitely an eye-opener at where rubbish goes if it isn’t recycled.
The Foam Heads... with their heroic, chorus pedal guitar sound, which immediately reminds us of cult heroes..., The Chameleons, while the trio’s anthemic closing number could have TARDIS-ed in from the first U2 album. Whatever the vintage of their influences, they’re most welcome in the present day.
Mass Extinction (Korrg Remix) It’s a fun little track with some strong 80s synth-pop influences that comes with a cute little anime-inspired video to boot. I’m still not entirely clear, having listened to it through a couple of times, how (or why) we’re connecting a relationship breakdown to the climate crisis…But this is a bop. And, hey, most people don’t realise that Springsteen’s ‘Born In The USA’ is a political protest song, so it’s okay to not be entirely clear and still have a banger on your hands.
Gig review at The Jericho - ‘Mass Extinction’ and especially ‘Insanity’ are songs of alienation that the alt-pop threesome deliver with cheerfully jangly guitar... what better way is there of a band communicating alienation, than messing with our heads?
March 2021 - No1 Spot on the Carbon Footprint Music Production YouTube playlist Best of The Best of Indie video playlist
Brilliant New Single Mass Extinction. By the Fantastic TheFoamHeads @FoamHeadsUK - Indie LOVERS - Jono's Music Zone
Mass Extinction by @FoamHeadsUK has a right sound to it!! - New Indie Sounds
Great Tune. Mass Extinction by @FoamHeadsUK - Indie Song of The Day
The Foam Heads release tracks through most streaming services so you can listen through your favourite app.
They returned to playing live in October 2021! They will not fly to gigs!
You can use the contact page for bookings, check out the latest track, or to sign up to the mailing list to be kept up to date on new releases and live events.
Stay Safe in 2022!
The Foam Heads