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“Tokyo Sessions” are coming your way!

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It’s “Tokyo Sessions” signature frenzy! This is the 4th shipping we are sending today… And there are many more to go! All your orders on the YFE Store are accompanied by a personal handwritten note from the band members! For those wondering how personal those notes are, look at Alex’s attempt at drawing birthday balloons for Jacky from China! Couldn’t get any more real!

Get “Tokyo Sessions” or bless yourself with any other item on the YFE Store and get your personal notes! Who knows, you might even receive a personal piece of art or… something else just as unique!

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Discover “Tokyo Sessions”

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Don’t miss out on the new musical journey that is “Tokyo Sessions”!

The new album “Tokyo Sessions” is 16 songs accompanied by a 32-page artwork booklet. It is available as a CD, mp3, in a bundle with a t-shirt, as well as in an ultimate package with 2 different t-shirts and a special pocket square designed and signed by Alex.

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“Tokyo Sessions” in the iTunes charts!

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WOW!!! We were quite stunned to be informed that our newest album “Tokyo Sessions” has been on the top of the charts on iTunes Canada right upon its official release.

The album reached #4 in all genres together, #2 in the rock charts, #3 in the alternative category and #2 amongst all Canadian artists! It’s quite humbling to be alongside bands we grew up being huge fans of, such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Tragically Hip (of which I’m still a huge fan!).

We usually don’t care about numbers and the business that comes with them, but they are nonetheless representative of the relation that we have with all of you and show how significant this album’s journey has been for everyone of us.

Words cannot describe nor transcend how blessed we are. You welcomed us as brothers and sisters, communed with us in time of needs and rejoicing, but most of all, you loved us in such a pure way that we’ve been able to grow, evolve and discover a little more of who we are. That is and will always remain number 1. Again, thank you!!!

And as our common journey keeps unfolding its colorful nature and its bright essence, make sure to keep defining the sounds, the noises and the words in your own way. That’s what makes it real and eternal!!!

Alex and YFE

PS: If you already got your copy of the album, take the time to listen to it and give us your comments! And if you haven’t yet, get it today, on iTunes or on our online store!

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interview With Charles “Moose” Allicie

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On the Beat With Charles “Moose” Allicie of Your Favorite Enemies: The Gift of Being and Belonging

Hi MD, I’m Charles “Moose” Allicie from the Canadian alternative rock band Your Favorite Enemies.

Back in April 2006, while I was at a restaurant with some loved ones, my phone rang. I usually don’t answer my phone during those moments, but this time, go figure, I did. It was one of Your Favorite Enemies’ guitarists, Jeff Beaulieu. I could never have known that answering that call would forever change my life and the way I play music.

I couldn’t have imagined that together we would tour in Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, Europe, UK, and North America, that we would run our own record label (Hopeful Tragedy Records), own a merchandising company, and buy an 800-seat Catholic church and turn it into a world-class recording studio and filming facility.

I couldn’t imagine that we’d film some of our music videos in Japan, Australia, and Spain. Couldn’t possibly know that we’d end up being the first band to write and recordCharles Moose Allicie of Your Favorite Enemiesmusic for the iconic video game Final Fantasy (Square Enix), and that our album Between Illness and Migration would be nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2015 Juno Awards.

And let’s not forget, I never thought that one day I would be invited to write for Modern Drummer. In other words, what I live goes way beyond any idea I had of how my musical and life path would be; most of all, this journey became possible because we, the band, are together as what I call a clan.

Our relationships and what we built together shaped me more than anything else. I can hardly dissociate the man and the musician I am today from my band. Getting out of music studies in college and university, I thought I would be a freelancer, however these folks, who became my bandmates, triggered a deep change within me. With them I found a profound sense of belonging. I had nothing to prove through intricate grooves or fills, but I could simply “be”—now isn’t that a great gift? It was like, “Don’t let how you play define who you are, let who you are define how you play,” and this turned out to be a cornerstone for me. Beyond becoming some kind of a one-man business, what truly made a difference was to meet them and build something bigger than myself alone. I acknowledge that fact very often, especially as this year we’re celebrating Your Favorite Enemies’ tenth anniversary!

Backtracking a bit, as a teenager I first began jamming to some Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers records on my banged up Rogers kit, as well as some old live videos from Rush’s Neil Peart (A Show of Hands) and Manu Katché with Peter Gabriel, (Secret World Live), video tapes that I watched at least five hundred times each and from which I learned a lot.

Beyond any influences, cool drum fills and grooves, music is and has always been a refuge, a place to let go and to grow. Coming from a very modest family, seeing more than what were a few hours drive from home was a utopian idea. But music opened many doors and then joining this band just blew it out of proportion. Don’t get me wrong; everything you see and hear, everything that happens for Your Favorite Enemies, is done in-house, so we do put in the hours in order to craft our dream.

I think that art is a language far beyond words, so I would like to present to you our latest single entitled “1-2-3 (One Step Away).” To me, Your Favorite Enemies is more than six band members going on stage, and I think this video sums up a wide range of what can be done here at our HQ.

Another great example is our latest album Between Illness and Migration – Deluxe: Tokyo Sessions, which is released on June 17. Click on the video link below to get a peek at it.

Special thanks to Mapex Drums, Sabian cymbals, and Remo drumheads whose support is priceless.

Watch the promo for the latest release Between Illness and Migration – Deluxe: Tokyo Sessions here:

Check out the single “1-2-3 (One Step Away)” here:

Read the original interview here!

New album available now!

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Happy Release Day! “Tokyo Sessions” is now officially released, and we couldn’t be happier to share it with you all! If you’ve already pre-ordered the album, check out your inbox. And if you didn’t well, order right away! Why wait?!

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Discover “Tokyo Sessions”

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Ain’t this a wonderful way to finish the album “Tokyo Sessions”?! This is the back cover of the album…!

Only 2 days before the official release! Don’t forget to pre-order your album now, and receive the songs “Empire of Sorrows”, “Satsuki Yami (My Heartbeat)” & “1-2-3 (One Step Away) – Radio Single” right away!

Track Listing
1) Satsuki Yami (My Heartbeat)
2) Empire of Sorrows
3) A View From Within
4) Where Did We Lose Each Other
5) Underneath a Blooming Skylight
6) From the City to the Ocean
7) I Just Want You to Know
8) 1-2-3 (One Step Away)
9) Anyone
10) Obsession Is a Gun
11) Muets aux Temps des Amours
12) Yūnagi
13) A View From Within – Radio Single
14) I Just Want You to Know – Radio Single
15) Where Did We Lose Each Other – Radio Single
16) 1-2-3 (One Step Away) – Radio Single

PS: On June 16, at 5:30pm (ET), we will also hold a live listening session on our FB page… Don’t miss it!

Photo Credit: Tsugumi Fukuda

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