"One of the best alt-country bands out there"
- Robert Allen, Neutron Sound
"The closest I've ever seen a band come to giving [Freddie] Mercury and [Brian] May a run for their money."
From humble beginnings in 2015, Yankee & The Foreigners got their start busking in animal onesies at the Boston Common, and grew their sound from there. Y&tF indulges many aspects of "indie folk" music, which can take you from a relaxing cabin deep in the woods to a wild barn dance in a matter of minutes. Their sound is a combination of pop songwriting, American roots music (complete with soaring five part harmonies), and the carefree attitude that was bound to come from 5 college students parading around the public in pajamas. They liken their sound to what might've happened if Old Crow Medicine Show tried to be Half Moon Run, with a dash of the modern alt-folk movement carved by Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. Y&tF has generally always had a larger international presence than a U.S. one (fitting for a band made up mainly of foreigners) as they have toured Canada and the U.K. consistently over the course of their career together.
Sam hails from the weathered land of Essex, Britain, where the sun never shines and the people never smile. He loved it there. But desperate for adventure, he traversed the roaring Atlantic ocean. The first time, he did so on the offer of gainful employment aboard a Carnival Cruise Ship, playing piano and singing for the delectation of inebriated passengers. Despite the fulfilling nature of the work, Sam found himself wanting more (artistic) stimulation and better food. He found but one of these by auditioning for, and subsequently attending, Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, his life would be forever changed by meeting four incredible people, but they didn't like Sam, so he joined a band. The genre, it was agreed, would be "Indie Folk Rock"... whatever that means. And they never looked back, but they probably should have. The music was pretty good though, much to his parent's surprise.
(The tragicomic tale of a boy whose exploits astounded a nation)
Tim Loten is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Ontario, Canada hoping to find fame and fortune in the American West. At a young age, dreams of riding the open plains, harmonica blazing and the echo of his sweet lonesome timbre reverberating through the red rocks of Arizona, filled his sadly northern head. Tim’s parents, sturdy liberals and balanced Canadian care givers, worried what a life in the arid republican homeland might do to their son. Determined to convince them otherwise, Tim set about learning every folk instrument he could get his hands on. Yet no amount of wailing harmonica licks, lightning fast banjo, ragtime piano, slide guitar, or rowdy local barn dances could convince Tim’s parents that he was destined for a life in the West. In a last ditch effort he turned desperately to tap dancing. When even this failed Tim knew there was only one thing to do. He had heard of a left wing music school in Boston. Much relieved, Tim’s parents allowed him to leave behind his grass roots lifestyle and travel to the big city lights. There he quickly made friends from Utah and Arizona in hopes they could bring his dreams of Western adventure to life. In a tragic turn of events, Tim’s new friends became obsessed with the idea of travelling back to Canada! Using his simple country logic, Tim quickly offered to start a band with his new friends, forever grounding them financially in the tragically eastern town of Boston. Tim still dreams of living free in the deserts of Nevada, and roaming the hills of California, his banjo upon his back. Late at night, when all is quiet and his friends are asleep, Tim will dress in his secret cowboy outfit, don his hat, bring his harmonica to his lips and play to the spirit of the West.
Connor McCoy, of Salt Lake City, has been described by bass aficionados as “adequate” and his singing as “bearable." For these qualities and many more, he has been rejected from an unprecedented number of bands, but in Yankee & The Foreigners, Connor has found a group of people whose standards perfectly align with his personal brand of mediocrity. With enthusiasm matched only by ineptitude, Connor co-founded the group, in fact, with eyes set fiercely on Indie-Folk Glory (also, a new flavour of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream)! Abandoning his other pursuits, feeble as they were, he devoted himself tirelessly to Yankee and his dream. Although he never contributes very much, the band lets him stand on stage with them, so long as he stays fairly quiet. They do this out of love, but mainly for legal reasons. Some have questioned Connor’s role in the band, but apologists within the group insist that he isn’t actively detrimental to their income.
“What’s a chord?” - Connor McCoy
“Are you sure the amp’s on when the lights are off?” - Connor McCoy
“Golly, I wish I played piano!” - Connor McCoy
"You keep the lid on? That explains it spilling everywhere!" - Connor McCoy (on making coffee)
"You must be the one who's bad at music!" - A gig-booker upon first meeting Connor
Molly Pope, as difficult as it is to consider her a musician, is certainly an artist of some kind. An individual with eccentric tastes, she has chosen to pursue one of the most unexplored instruments known to man - the electric guitar. With her luscious and oversized pedalboard, it is virtually impossible for Molly to produce any coherent sound under the label of "music." Luckily, at Berklee College of Music she found four individuals who fail to recognize blaring incompetence - as proven through their acceptance of Connor, their bassist. The daughter of professional musicians, Molly’s entire life has been a struggle to break away from her talented roots and develop a sound that is truly unremarkable. Accomplishing this goal is one of her few successes (the other being a 24-win streak in National Thumb Wrestling - she is still referred to as the "Thumb Of The Century"), as her musical development went mostly unnoticed by her parents; instead, it often drew in the attention of local wildlife. Fortunately, Y&TF relished the inability to stand out, making Molly the perfect candidate for lead guitar.
Zach provides the percussive element of Y&tF, whether it be by playing drum set in the presence of the band or by slapping rythms on his body while the friends all play board games. Initially just a peculiar frisbee-loving fellow who resided in the same building as the others, his beard managed to convince the other members (from a distance) that he was capable of playing sweet mountain-y folk music. While never actually agreeing to be in the band - they simply told him he was in a band and he rolled with it - he, intelligently, didn't reveal that he was just a drummer until it was too late for the others to get rid of him. He grew up being enamored with both his Norwegian uncle (who was a drummer) and Phil Collins, constantly telling his preschool classmates that those two men were the greatest drummers ever. He still believes this adamantly, and one day hopes to write a soundtrack as brilliant as Collins' Tarzan, if he can ever figure out what a chord is or how to play an instrument without relentlessly beating it.
"Check out this group's music!"
- James Taylor (seriously)