Foemen reins in experimental urges on more focused EP

IN TUNE: Brendy Cann, aka Foemen, has taken the lessons of his debut album into crafting his new EP Magntisz. Picture: Dan Lynch

IN TUNE: Brendy Cann, aka Foemen, has taken the lessons of his debut album into crafting his new EP Magntisz. Picture: Dan Lynch

BY his own admission, Newcastle’s Brendy Cann has always been one to tinker and experiment with his music.

It is at the essence of his electro-indie project Foemen. That philosophy was apparent on Foemen’s debut album Detritus City, released in 2016.

Inspired by overseas travel, the tracks contained elements of androgynous indie-rock, ’80s synth and electronica.

On Foemen’s latest EP Magntisz, all those influences remain. However, Cann and his Sydney producer Dave Hammer have amped up the ’80s synth and heavy vocal effects to accomplish a more stream-lined result.

“We had some techniques that we were really happy with and some vocal sounds and the type of instrumentation we wanted to use,” Cann said.

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“Sometimes when we’ve recorded we’ve been a bit blasé about what we were going to use and whether we’d use a guitar or synthesizer or a real drum kit or drum machine.

“This time we had a pretty direct limitation of what we wanted to use. It was a lot easier and more fun. You can over experiment. That is probably a problem of mine I’ve got to get under control.”

Cann has been making music in Newcastle for more than a decade with post-punk band The Butcher and then new-wave electro act 1929indian and has previously supported The Preachers and Boo Seeka as Foemen.

However, this Friday Cann will be joined by drummer Mitch Redman to launch Magntisz in his largest headline show at 48 Watt Street.

“I wanted to make it more special,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of different places over the years and it’s good to change it up and do something more interesting.”