FOE: Bad Dream Hotline

Bad Dream Hotline


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  • Release Date 16 January 2012
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Art school dropout, pensive introvert, grunge obsessive, fan of dressing up in brightly coloured wigs: as FOE, 21-year-old, Hannah Clark is all of these things and more. FOE’s debut album, a fun house of funeral glamour, ‘Bad Dream Hotline’, will be released 16th January on Mercury records.

‘Bad Dream Hotline’, produced by Entrepreneurs, mixed by Dan Grech (The Vaccines, Howling Bells) and Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals) is an infusion of Clark’s twisted fairy tales that mirror her real life experiences, nightmares and subsequent vulnerability. Kicking off with the wry ‘Ballad For The Brainkeepers’, Clark sings what could be a warning to a version of herself that she can never be: “Get to the top, yeah claw your way up, just don't fall off...” and setting the albums tone as an outsider.

‘Tyrant Song’ (one of the first songs she finished for the record), features heavy-duty vocals twisted around distorted guitar and manic Wurlitzer organ, all enveloping a retrospective of FOE’s less than ideal school experiences: “memories are sour like lemons in your eyeballs.” Other songs on the album, like ‘A Handsome Stranger Called Death’, address the morbid fear of death that's haunted her since she was a child. ‘Black Lodge’ is named after the fictional setting featured in Lynch’s infamous TV series Twin Peaks, and demonstrates her unique take on story telling that clashes childlike innocence with the impending sense of the unknown.

“Sharp suited punkette who is lost, lonely and very talented.” - ID