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Your Favorite Enemies

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Your Favorite Enemies is a Canadian rock band that was formed in 2006 by Alex Foster (vocals), Jeff Beaulieu (guitar), Sef (guitar), Ben Lemelin (bass), Miss Isabel (vocals and keyboard) and Charles “Moose” Allicy (drums).

Foster's position as a former youth speaker and spokesperson of Amnesty International influenced the band's musical direction. Le Journal de Montréal stated in a review that “Rarely has a music group generated as much buzz before having even one album under their belt, as it is the case with Quebec band Your Favorite Enemies”

In 2008, Billboard Magazine named Your Favorite Enemies one of five Canadian acts to watch for that year. That same year, the band went on its first Japanese tour, and released its second album, “Love Is A Promise Whispering Goodbye.” The band has is one of few international artists to have written a theme song for the sound track of the Final Fantasy video game franchise, and it reached number 1 on the Japanese charts. That year, the band's record label created a multi-media branch, introduced new community web initiatives, and produced several different shows on the YFE-TV Channel (such as the independent broadcasting of live streaming of the band's concerts).Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


2011: Release of "Love Is A Promise Whispering Goodbye" – "Deluxe and Remastered re-issue version"2011: Your Favorite Enemies have been featured in Billboard Pro as Artist of the Week2011: Launch of "The Hope Project", in partnership with the Red Cross, to support victims of the March 11 earthquake in Japan2011: Your Favorite Enemies stands out in Billboard Magazine with a debut on the "Uncharted territory" charts2010: Awarded as best International Rock Band by the Sound of Excellence Music Awards2010: Recording of a third album and development of an independent film2009: Acquisition of a recording studio2008: Named as one of the top 5 bands to watch out for by Billboard Magazine2008: Became the first international band to write songs for the video game Final Fantasy.2008: Launch of second album "Love Is A Promise Whispering Goodbye"2007: Launch of first EP "And If I Was To Die In the Morning...Would I Still Be Sleeping With You" sold 30 000 copies2007: Creation of the label : Hopeful Tragedy Records2006: Your Favorite Enemies formed

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The band decided to create the label Hopeful Tragedy Records in 2007, to release their self-produced EP And If I Was To Die In the Morning… Would I Still Be Sleeping With You, which was released in June that year. More than 30,000 copies of the record were sold, prompting Billboard Magazine to state that Your Favorite Enemies could be one of the most exciting and new "Do It Yourself" bands to rise from the non-traditional music model.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Origins of the name[edit]

Your Favorite Enemies is about growth, evolution, change and geniality through time. "There is everything and anything in this name", says Alex Foster, the singer of the band, on the "Q&A" show. "The beauty with Your Favorite Enemies is that it's personal to everyone."


The band cites The Cure and The Clash as influences. Joe Strummer has been cited by Alex Foster as an influence on Your Favorite Enemies, the National Post points out. Other musicians and bands such as Ramones, Pixies, Nirvana, Placebo, U2 and Radiohead, have in turn influenced the work of Your Favorite Enemies.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Your Favorite Enemies recently acquired a former Church that includes 2 professional recording studios, facilities for live streams over the web, a full TV plateau, the offices of their label and non-profit organization promoting human rights and helping kids through music has been set up. The band is currently preparing for the release of their third album, an independent film, the release of a DVD project and the launch of a new community website.


Live shows1.1 Funhill Music Festival1.2 Arisen From Despairs – A Morning Of All Hope1.3 The Rising Youth Of The Dragon's Land1.4 Indonesia (2008)1.5 Japanese Tour (2008)1.6 European Tour (2007)1.7 Other concerts & events

Live shows[edit]

Funhill Music Festival[edit]

China (August 2011)

Your Favorite Enemies is the first International band to hit almost all of China's major cities. "Knowing we'd go all over the country is the only reason why we accepted that tour, since we believe music has the power to communicate something greater than all of us, and this, despite social and language barriers...", said Alex on national television right before hitting the main stage of Beijing’s Funhill Music Festival, in China, on August 27.

After an extensive tour around China in May 2011, Your Favorite Enemies returned again in late August to Beijing's Funhill Music Festival. Their act was called a "festival highlight" by the Global Times.

Arisen From Despairs – A Morning Of All Hope[edit]

Japan Tour (2011)

Your Favorite Enemies visited Japan in support of the Hope Project, the band's own initiative to support survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, while many foreign musicians canceled their shows. They visited a shelter in Minami-Sanriku and performed three concerts in Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto; 3 years after they first performed in Japan. The members of Your Favorite Enemies wanted to do something meaningful in the wake of the devastation, therefore performing in limited capacity venues and becoming one of the first bands to perform in a temple.“ It’s not like we came to Japan to have a party,” says Alex Foster, vocalist and leader of the band's Japanese networking sites (Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Mixi), in an interview with the Majirox News. “We came to be with people. There is not much we can do. But if people need someone to talk, cry, and scream with, I wanted to say, ‘Hey, we’re here with you.’” Also while being in Japan, the band was interviewed by the Yomiuri, one of the five national newspapers in Japan, and received multitude of press coverage (Billboard, La Presse, CANOE, Hollywood PQ, La Seigneurie). 

The band is planning to establish the Japanese branch of its self released label (Hopeful Tragedy Records), by the end of 2011.

The Rising Youth Of The Dragon's Land[edit]

China Tour (2011)

In April and May 2011, Your Favorite Enemies toured across the country of China, playing the MIDI and ZEBRA festivals, as well as performing in clubs and venues in the cities; becoming one of the first North American acts to perform such an impressive tour in the country. In line with its DIY ethic, YFE turned down some major European festivals and put off their third album release until this autumn, in order to expand their China club tour, despite advice about turning a profit. The band was featured as the "Artist of the Week" in Billboard Magazine.

Known for their active support for such organizations as AIDS charity (RED) and for being long-time spokespersons for Amnesty International, Your Favorite Enemies received multiple local ( The Beijinger, China.Org.Cn, This is Touring, CNNGO, Shanghai Daily, Shanghai Global Times, GoChengdoo) and international (Billboard, ORANGE, La Presse) press coverage, following their China tour success.

Indonesia (2008)[edit]


Your Favorite Enemies performed on the SuperSoulmate Show on Indosiar. While touring in Indonesia, as the support act for Story Of The Year, the band got press coverage from various sources.

Japanese Tour (2008)[edit]

Your Favorite Enemies toured in Japan, playing concerts in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya in 2008 as the opening act for Simple Plan. While performing in venues, the band was also reviewed in popular media including InRock Magazine, Grindhouse Magazine. and WeROCKCity The band held exclusive events and performed an intimate concert at Kick Back Café in support of suicide prevention. The group also performed an improvised concert in downtown Nagoya, while distributing free promotional goods to fans in attendance.

European Tour (2007)[edit]

In 2007, Your Favorite Enemies traveled to Europe, headlining their tour in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands. The band extended its collaboration with Amnesty International and various other actions groups, while traveling, while inviting volunteers to promote their ongoing campaign. Your Favorite Enemies had interviews and reviews in Amnesty International's French and Dutch publications, as well as radio interviews on Talksport radio (UK) and the Rock One Mag (France).

Other concerts & events[edit]
Funhill Festival (Beijing), China (August 2011)MIDI Festival (Shanghai), China (May 2011)Zebra Music Festival, China (April 2011)CMW (2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011),Tailgate Party, Montreal Canadiens (2009)Heavy Montreal(2008),SXSW (2008) with M for Montreal,Festival Arcadia (2007),Vans Warped Tour (2007),Emergenza (2004),Rogers Cup (tennis) (2003),Face To Face Tour (2002)

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A podcast offered on the web; YFE-TV is an insight on Your Favorite Enemies as a portrait of the six artists constituting YFE, but also behind the scenes look for close to 3 years from concert clips, to their work as active Human Rights advocates, to interviews (Q&A, BlaBlaBla,The live show") and studio sessions and tour diaries (Sounds & Noises, YFE TV On The Road).Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Well known for its "Do it yourself" attitude, it takes "singular" individuals, "outside the box" thinkers and entrepreneurs to get along with Your Favorite Enemies. "I'm not in the business of selling out to get myself a ticket for the coolest spots in town. The band's partners are friends sharing the same passion for music and social justice", says Alex Foster, the front man of the formation.

Your Favorite Enemies supports: Amnesty International, (RED), Rock N' Rights, War Child

Your Favorite Enemies collaborates with the present: Schecter Guitars, Duesenberg Guitars, Guitares Boucher, D'Addario, TC Electronic, Orange Music Electronic Company, S. Walker Electric Guitars, VOX, Mack, Soul Power Instruments, Eden Electronics, Tech 21, Mapex Drums, Sabian, EVANS, Vater Percussion


Special Collaborations1.1 Final Fantasy (Dissidia)1.2 Open Your Eyes project (2008)1.3 Contests1.4 Other projects1.5 Love Is A Promise Whispering Goodbye 2011 release1.6 The Hope Project (2011)1.7 Write For Rights

Special Collaborations[edit]

Final Fantasy (Dissidia)[edit]

In 2008, Your Favorite Enemies worked with Japanese video game composer Takeharu Ishimoto to arrange, write lyrics for, and perform three songs on the soundtrack for Dissidia: Final Fantasy, including the theme song. After its release; it soon reached the 50 best-sellers charts on iTunes in Japan. Your Favorite Enemies has been interviewed on the music channel Musique Plus and received multiple press coverage (La Presse, Journal de Montréal, La Relève, Cyberpresse, Showbizz.net), following their international success.

Open Your Eyes project (2008)[edit]

Shooting of the music video "Open Your Eyes", by NuFilms

Your Favorite Enemies turned the making of its first music video, for the single Open Your Eyes, into an opportunity for fans from all around the world to gather for the occasion and also be featured in the music videos. A contest was launched in collaboration with the popular French music magazine, Rock One Mag; inviting one reader to participate in the filming of the video with the magazine covering the making of and publishing it in a day to day journal, available on Rock One Mag's website.

This three days event was also in popular Montreal newspaper (Journal de Montréal, La Presse) and after a few days of its release on Musique Plus; the videoclip "Open Your Eyes" reached the highest charts as a winner of "Ultime Combat des clips". It was also featured in the "Top 5 Anglo", for several weeks in a row. The success of the clip granted it a star on the wall of fame of the Montreal based music station. Your Favorite Enemies also participated in interviews and live TV shows held on the station (Musique Plus en demande, Mr Net.).


On Friday October 8, 2010 Your Favorite Enemies received an award for best International Rock Band by the Sound of Excellence Music Awards.

Other projects[edit]

The members of Your Favorite Enemies have been involved in a number of side projects that sometimes included some of their band mates. This included Alex Foster having worked on the documentaries such as "Digital Hate" (2002), "Gravitation des cœurs" (2003), "Conversions" (2005), "Voyage à la mer" (2010), as a co-writer and actor and later he was invited to join the judging committee for Battle of the bands in Ireland (2004). The band also did an exclusive interview with the American band "Anti-Flag" during the Vans Warped Tour (2007).

Love Is A Promise Whispering Goodbye 2011 release[edit]

"Love Is A Promise Whispering Goodbye" – "Deluxe and Remastered re-issue version" was an album released in 2011.

The Hope Project (2011)[edit]

- Project For Japan Relief -

On March 11, 2011, the Northeast coast of Japan was hit by one of the most destructive earthquakes and tsunamis ever registered in the country's modern history. Following this news, Your Favorite Enemies responded to those strikes through the launching of The Hope Project. In this project the band invited everyone to send messages of support, empathy and encouragement, that will be delivered to survivors as personal postcards, in partnership with the Red Cross and numerous schools worldwide.

The project has already received several hundreds of messages in more than 6 languages. The international press, for example Billboard and USA Today, are supporting this initiative as well, while sharing the news through the traditional press as well as through their various networks on the web. The Hope Project will be revealed on May 25, 2011, through the hosting of a free benefit concert, in collaboration with the Red Cross, in Tokyo.

Write For Rights[edit]

(December 10, 2010 : The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day)

After supporting Amnesty International for more than a decade, the members of the rock band Your Favorite Enemies made a video", for The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day, held on December 10, 2011. It was produced in English, French and Japanese, and the message was that the voice of the individual matters if only the expose themselves. supporting Amnesty International's efforts for the "Write for Rights" campaign through arts.

Former social worker, Alex Foster has been involved as an official Amnesty International spokesperson, for more than a decade. He acts as a conference speaker in Canada and hosted the Annual Youth Congress of Amnesty International a several times. All the members of the group Your Favorite Enemies joined are socially involved; extending their activities at various events. The band participated in the "Amnesty International 30th anniversary" (2007), the 35th anniversary of "Give Peace A Chance", Imagine (2004), Marche des femmes vers l’an 2000], and the concert on behalf of the 51st anniversary of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

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Special Releases1.1 "This Is A Call-Up"1.2 "Running Through The Rain Of Estrangement... Catching Pure Drops Of Diamond Bliss"1.3 "A Moment Of Screams And Whispers, As We're Turning Fog Into Daydreams"

Special Releases[edit]

"This Is A Call-Up"[edit]

Bootleg released on September 18, 2011

Recorded and filmed on August 27, 2011, during a performance held in Beijing and broadcast on national TV all over China, Your Favorite Enemies released a live version of the song "I Might Be Wrong" recorded at the show. The show was called "Funhill Music Festival’s most insane band!" by The Beijing Informer

in a live interview on the set of the Bla Bla Bla: The Live Show Your Favorite Enemies announced their special project “This Is A Call-Up”

"Running Through The Rain Of Estrangement... Catching Pure Drops Of Diamond Bliss"[edit]

Bootleg released on June 26, 2011

Your Favorite Enemies released their second official Bootleg, called "Running Through The Rain Of Estrangement... Catching Pure Drops Of Diamond Bliss", recorded and filmed on May 29, 2011, during an acoustic performance taking place in the historic Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji Temple of Kyoto. This concert took place during their Japanese Tour, "Arisen From Despairs, A Morning Of All Hope", which was part of their Hope Project initiated to support the people afflicted by the tragedy caused by the tsunami in Tohoku.

This package includes a 50 minutes concert movie accompanied by 4 exclusive Wallpapers.

"A Moment Of Screams And Whispers, As We're Turning Fog Into Daydreams"[edit]

Bootleg released on April 17, 2011

The band's participation at the biggest music festival of Canada (CMW Festival) was released as an official bootleg called "A Moment Of Screams And Whispers, As We're Turning Fog Into Daydreams". It was performed as a desire from the members of YFE to bring awareness and support their community of fans in Japan after the events that occurred following the tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. The members of Your Favorite Enemies dedicated its performance to Japan, while broadcasting excerpts of the concert live,Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

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