TORONTO, CANADA- Creating an interesting blend of indie pop that is vaguely similar to the likes of Glass Animals and Alt-J, Foreign Air hit The Opera House stage as direct support for singer/songwriter, Bishop Briggs. Acting as direct support for a number of recognized acts in the past such as Jack Garret, HONNE, and Bleachers, the D.C. natives have gained a large following over the years since the release of their single “Free Animal” back in 2015.
With only a handful of singles and an EP to their name, Foreign Air have made some tremendous strides considering they were only formed a few years ago. Having teased at a debut album with the release of another string of singles with the recent being “Loud Magic” earlier this month, Foreign Air’s sound continues to garner more and more attention.
Consisting of longtime pals Jacob Michael and Jesse Clasen, large crowds throughout this leg of tour have formed very early on to catch the guys of Foreign Air work their magic on stage. By the time they took the stage in Toronto, the room was already packed filled with both Bishop Briggs and Foreign Air supporters. Michael and Clasen kicked off their set with the banger “Loud Magic”. Chalk full of meaty hooks and some tasteful synth as well as Clasen’s rich vocals, it was the perfect song to kick off the night’s entertainment and got the crowd amped.
Having witnessed Foreign Air’s musical prowess back in 2017 during their fall headlining tour, I was heavily impressed by how they had kicked up the intensity of their performance. With Michael manning both the bass and keys, this allowed Clasen to move more animatedly around the stage and really got into a mood that elevated the room’s adrenaline levels. Both Clasen and Michael set the tone perfectly, having the crowd charged and ready to go for Bishop Briggs after their killer 30 minute set (the definition of a great direct support act).
Possessing the poise and ability that most young bands obtain after countless years of dedication, Foreign Air really is a hidden gem in the sometimes oversaturated market of indie pop. Nearing the end of their tour with Bishop Briggs, the future looks very promising for Foreign Air as they continue to gain the praise and respect they deserve.