Footings releases fourth full-length album

  • Footings, comprised of Eric Gagne, Elisabeth Fuchsia, Candace Clement, Jordan Holtz and Mia Govoni will celebrate the release of Annihilation at Nova on Saturday. Courtesy photo

  • Annihilation by Footings was released this week. The artwork for the album cover was drawn by band founder Eric Gagne’s daughter Zadie. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/28/2021 3:34:07 PM

When Eric Gagne sits down with his acoustic guitar, the songs just seem to pour out of him.

“When I write a song, there’s so much more at play than I know how to explain,” Gagne said. There’s just this relationship he has with music that allows him to express his most inner thoughts and craft a tune that not only he wants to play, but others want to hear.

“I just want to be true to the music,” Gagne said. “I want these songs to come out.”

And with Footings fourth full-length album, Annihilation, now available on vinyl LP through Feeding Tube Records, Sophomore Lounge, and Don’t Live Like Me, and on digital formats worldwide through Trailing Twelve Records, Gagne can finally let the world hear the words that have been two years in the making.

“This is probably the longest I’ve ever worked on a record,” Gagne said. He typically keeps himself on a strict schedule, but the song creation dates back to 2019 and the tracks were all finished before the pandemic hit. “Since I knew we weren’t going to be touring, I let it just happen. It just worked out in this really great way.”

Footings began as a collaborative extension of Gagne’s personal works and over the years has gone through many iterations but has remained true to its American rock band beginnings. The current configuration of Footings features Gagne, guitar and vocals, along with multi-instrumentalist Elisabeth Fuchsia, fellow guitarist Candace Clement (Bunny’s a Swine), bassist Jordan Holtz (Rick Rude), and Mia Govoni (Gilliver) playing drums.

“I just wanted it to be a solo thing and then would have a couple other people that would play,” Gagne said. “Now I don’t know I’ll be able to go back to playing by myself.”

The group will gather at Nova Arts in Keene on Saturday for the third of three tour dates celebrating the album’s release. The show, which will feature the entire album played in full, begins at 8 p.m. with special guest opener “The Burning Sun.”

Gagne is hopeful more tour dates will come about because “I want it to get out there as much as possible,” he said.

“Well see how it goes,” he said. “We’re lucky that people believe in the songs.”

He loves the collaboration that went into making Annihilation. After he sits down with his guitar, Gagne sends off demos to the other members of Footings and from there each track takes on a new life.

“They’re all really impressive musicians and super inspirational,” he said. Annihilation was recorded at both Loud Sun Studio in Jaffrey by Ben Rogers, who also played drums on the album, and Dead Air Studios in western Massachusetts by Will Killingsworth. Rogers and Killingsworth worked together to mix it. Gagne enjoyed the creative collaboration process, citing the different lenses that each person brought to it.

“I saw it as an opportunity,” Gagne said. “And when it turns into this, it makes it all worthwhile. I’m lucky they were willing to do this and labels that would put it out.”

Annihilation finds itself as a continuation of Footings’ stylistic signature, albeit a body of work that strikes audacity in structure and subtle violence in performance. Ephemeral folk-fused vignettes “Tornado,” “Wouldn’t It Be Something”, and “Sometimes” demonstrate the band’s ability to successfully experiment with narrative – each song orbiting around Annihilation’s longer traditional singles as connective threads for Gagne’s fleeting musings and cryptic storytelling. “Bayou,” in particular, perhaps best exemplifies the indefinite space in which his lyrics occupy – straddling real-world experiences, vivid abstraction, and references to lives far removed from the recordings themselves.

But what makes the album even more meaningful for Gagne, is that the cover art was done by his 8-year-old daughter Zadie.

“She was just in this phase of drawing skulls,” Gagne said, thinking it most likely came after watching “Coco.” “I looked at them and said ‘this is the artwork for the new album.’”

For more about the band, visit facebook.com/footingsnh/. For more about Saturday’s show and to buy tickets, visit novaarts.org/events/footingsruby.


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