Utah based indie pop outfit Foreign Figures was formed in late 2014 by brothers Eric and Steve Michels, Seth Dunshee, and Jonny Tanner.
All natives of Utah, the members of Foreign Figures met while attending college at Utah Valley University. Through a mutual friend, the Michels brothers connected with Seth Dunshee and they immediately talked of starting a project together. After creating a few song ideas, the trio contacted Jonny Tanner and asked if he could help engineer and produce a song as his senior college project. It took only a few hours of tracking in his apartment, and he was asked to officially join the group.
They decided to call themselves Foreign Figures as a nod to the time that each member spent living in a foreign country, as well as the band’s interest in connecting with all types of people around the world.
Led by a smooth R&B pop vocal, Foreign Figures blends melody driven indie pop with a hip hop backbone and rock & roll attitude.
Within their first two years the group wrote, produced and independently released both an EP and an album, amassing thousands of downloads and millions of streams in over 25 different countries. Leading to licensing deals with TVLand, TuneCore and Fox, their initial success also allowed the band’s charismatic live performance to be seen alongside multiple national touring acts, sharing the stage with the likes of X Ambassadors, American Authors, Smallpools, The Aces, and Lukas Graham. Foreign Figures spent the majority of their third year together writing on the road, completing two tours throughout the Western, Central and Southern United States. With a handful of new songs, they entered the studio in early 2017 for their third independent release: Overzealous EP, a compilation of 6 singles. The first three singles (“Cold War”, “ADAN” and “Hey Love”) were released in summer/fall of 2017 and garnered praise from the likes of AP magazine, Idobi radio, and Popdust. Early 2018 will see the continued release of Overzealous EP, followed by a western states tour throughout spring and summer.