Keynsham band to release debut record as they hit road for festivals tour

Published on: 03 Apr 2015

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With a 22-date tour and the release of their debut record ahead, it’s no wonder two Keynsham brothers say 2015 will be the busiest year yet for their band.

Adam Purnell, 25, and 21-year-old brother Lawrence formed Foreign Affairs in 2012, earning a slot at Glastonbury Festival in their first summer and have since become regulars at their hometown’s music festival.

Now, joined by Ben Sweeney, 25, from Bath, the folk-rock trio are embarking on a 22-date festival tour in 2015, which will take them to events around the country and to France, Holland and Switzerland.

But besides sharing the spotlight with the likes of Status Quo and Show of Hands at various shows, 2015 will be an important year for the band for another reason – the release of their first EP. The record, called I, is the first of three the group will release over the next 18 months.

Adam said: “Since starting the band back in 2012 we have drawn on a number of different influences for our music, from country to folk to Brit pop. In this debut EP we have honed our songwriting to a more folk-rock sound, focusing on strong lead vocals and harmonies, along with catchy melodies.”

He added: “This year is set to be our busiest, with the release of the record in June along with the launch night at The Louisiana on Saturday, July 4. The aim is to get our music known to a wider audience, continue writing for the next two records and tour, tour, tour!”

Foreign Affairs will be appearing at Lakefest in Gloucestershire, the VW Festival in Leeds, the Lechlade Festival in the Cotswolds and the Village Pump Folk Festival in Westbury as well as making their third appearance at Keynsham Music Festival in July.

Lawrence said: “The official release of the EP along with our first headline show will be a big highlight and playing before acts such as Status Quo, Billy Bragg, Hayseed Dixie and Show of Hands at the festivals will also be up there – hopefully will get to share a beer with them after!

“We will be back playing in our hometown of Keynsham on Sunday, July 5, for the Keynsham Music Festival. We have played the last two years and have had a really good crowd, so hopefully they will come out again and show support for the new record.”

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