Foreign Diplomats: The Life of the Party
Always up for a great party, Quebec based Foreign Diplomats embodies the idea of a carefree and slightly disobedient youth. Made up of five guys from Laurentian, Quebec, the band met as teenagers and founded Foreign Diplomats in 2010 after seeing an airport sign while waiting in customs that sparked the inspiration. Music came to them easily as their chemistry was so strong.
Since then, Foreign Diplomats have released two studio albums and garnered international praise, touring around Europe and South America and sharing the stage with musical acts like Phantogram and Violent Femmes. According to the boys: the more the merrier, a sentiment they embody with their performances and music. Their latest album, Monami—which features their Blundstone Playlist contribution, Charger—offers credit to countless musicians the band asked to collaborate on the album. It’s about falling in love, yet being scared to fall too far be it with someone, a place or a city, and it explores a different sound than their first album. The band hopes that people hear how much fun they had recording it.
Foreign Diplomats hope their music allows fans to forget their problems for a little while and just enjoy the sound. Their favourite part of working together are the road trips and putting on shows. “We get to meet so many great people and maybe make them happy,” they shared. Although they were quick to follow up with their least favourite part, unpacking the van at 3 am. Recognized for their ability to kick off the party, Foreign Diplomats like to be in the center of it all. “If someone cracks a match, they will turn it into a bonfire.”
Fans of Blundstone boots, Foreign Diplomats were excited for the chance to join in the Blundstone Playlist Volume 4. As previous owners of Blundstone boots, they were quick to share their thoughts on the brand: “clean, tough, trustworthy boots” that have been great for everyday wear. “We brought our boots on tour,” they added. “And they have endured a lot of shenanigans.” With the crazy parties they throw and attend, Foreign Diplomats need boots that can handle whatever life throws at them.
Their Blundstone Playlist contribution, Charger, is about loving and wanting to stay close to the things that inspire and bring joy. Written by band member Élie Raymond, it reflects on the snow and comfortable silence of their home in the Laurentian mountains, a girl, and the pressure of being enough for both of them. Take a listen to this catchy tune and discover why Foreign Diplomats are the life of the party.
Check out Foreign Diplomats in Concert this Fall:
2020-09-16 Amqui Salle Jean-Cossette
2020-09-17 Rimouski Salle Desjardins-Telus-cabaret
2020-09-18 Baie-Comeau Centre des Arts
2020-09-19 Sept-Iles Salle Jean-Marc-Dion
2020-10-17 Terrebonne Le Moulinet
2020-10-31 Québec L’Impérial (Nuit FEQ)
2020-11-20 Alma Café du Clocher
2020-11-21 Dolbeau Vox Populi
2020-11-26 Sherbrooke Granada
Photos by Maureen Rouge.