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With sharp lyrics, the playful pop bite of the best of the 70s and 80s, and the kind of self-deprecation usually reserved for a Woody Allen movie, Knoxville, TN band, The Enigmatic Foe, is back with their third full-length album Daughters & Daggers. Drawing inspiration from bands such as Squeeze, XTC, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Empire of the Sun, Tahiti 80 and Starflyer 59, Daughters & Daggers is a watershed recording with its lush string arrangements, layered guitars, vocal harmonies, electronic dance beats, and catchy melodies. Called a “purveyor of bedroom pop that rocks ever so gently, worming its way into your head with warm, rich, and instantly familiar melodies” by the Bend [Oregon] Bulletin, Jared Colinger’s prowess as a pop-rock balladeer belies the rich and varied levels in his music. His lyrics run the gamut from the joy of new love to disillusionment with the old, from wanting to like yourself to being afraid of what we have in our minds. He has collaborated with Frank Lenz (Pedro the Lion / Starflyer 59), Jason Martin (Starflyer 59), Ronnie Martin (Joy Electric), Josh Dooley (Map) and Mike Perez (Bon Voyage).
Originally Colinger's solo project, the Enigmatic Foe took the Knoxville, Tennessee native to central Oregon to sign with indie label Allalom Music in 2005. His career got a kick start in mid 2006 when Jared had the chance to work with Frank Lenz (Headphones / Starflyer 59) on his debut release (the Favourite Hallucination EP), full of whimsy and indie pop orchestration this album garnered favorable reviews nationwide. To support the release Jared performed at TOMFest followed by a short California tour. Coming off of the successful tour Jared entered into the studio in late-2006, this time with Jason Martin (Starflyer 59 / The Brothers Martin) to record a more guitar driven album (the Light From A Dying Star EP); showing a focused improvement over his previous release, this album builds off awkward situations and confusing relationships in a manner everyone can relate to. Moving out west in early 2007 to tour more frequently and continue recording, he released a limited edition tour CD (The Summer EP) that he gave away for free at shows and festivals over the summer. The beginning of fall marked another major change as he settled in Arizona to prepare his focus on touring in Southern California and recording his next project with Ronnie Martin (Joy Electric). What began as another EP turned into Jared's first full-length album entitled Beautiful Liar; a more dance-oriented, electro-pop vibe than previous efforts.
He moved cross-country in 2008 back to Knoxville, TN, found fellow band mates in the fall of 2008, began touring the region aggressively, and in January 2009, threw away his moniker in favor of the collective band name, The Enigmatic Foe. Colinger's second full-length record took him back to Riverside, CA, in fall-2009 to work with Josh Dooley (Map / Starflyer 59 / Pony Express) and Mike Perez (Bon Voyage) to create Black. Retreading the electro-acoustic vibe from Beautiful Liar, Colinger dipped into his backlog of songs selecting material often 3 to 5 years old specifically saved for Dooley's characteristic guitar work and production.
Planned for a 2010 release, lack of finances took a toll on Colinger as work began on The Enigmatic Foe’s third album, Daughters & Daggers; with demos recorded but no money to get in a studio, the album got shelved. Constant touring and a growing discontent with the band’s live sound, Colinger walked away from the Knoxville music scene only occasionally playing one-off solo shows. Early-2012 saw a self-produced album (the eva EP) inspired by the Japanese anime series, Evangelion. Local- filmmaker Jacob Boyd contacted Colinger in summer-2012 to use a song from the EP in a film Boyd was directing. Not only did Colinger agree for use of his material, he created an original score for Boyd’s film which Colinger continued to do for several film projects.
Colinger revisited the demos for Daughters & Daggers he’d created back in 2009 and made plans to finally record the album. Since work and finances dictated his ability to travel, a decision was made to utilize a file-sharing system through Dropbox; from 2012 to 2015, Colinger, Mike Perez, Frank Lenz, and Josh Molen pieced together the lush sounds of Daughters & Daggers. The Enigmatic Foe plans to go on tour and promote the album with a new line-up consisting of Jordan Boardman (drums), Brian Scott Hampton (guitar) and Matt Nelson (bass).