Premiere: The Foes of Fern, “The Bike Song”

If you’ve been hanging around the music scene in Asbury Park over the past few years, chances are you’ve come across multi-faceted musician Matt Fernicola. If you’ve really been hip to that jive, then you would know him simply as Fern.

Although a frequent player in other projects, the artist’s own The Foes of Fern are ready to unveil a hefty amount of new material with “The Bike Song” leading the way. Impose Magazine is happy to host the exclusive premiere of its video today.

In the delightful clip, Fern makes the most of a series of unfortunate events with a soulful, horn-laden tune that immediately welcomes you into his charming sonic world. It’s a great visual and aural companion for anybody out there who just can’t seem to catch a break.

“‘The Bike Song’ is one of my oldest songs that I still play. It was one of those songs that just happened, with no real pre-writing. I was hanging out with my old Airacuda bandmates and we were jamming in our apartment in Boston back in like 2012. I started to improvise some lyrics and found myself singing about my bike being stolen (which had happened that morning) and a past relationship that had just ended for me. The result was a pretty passive-aggressive song about both an ex-girlfriend and a stolen bicycle.

The arrangement had much more thought put into it then the actual song. I spent countless hours at Telegraph Hill Records working out all the parts with my producer Joe Pomarico and sax / clarinet player Michael Squillace. The three of us put our heads together to come up with the orchestration and then we hired a bunch of players to come in and perform on the song. The whole process took about 8 months.”

Watch The Foes of Fern in “The Bike Song” below and look for more from them here.

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