His intention was to show that great songs can be slowed down and whittled away to their core elements and still pack the needed punch to captivate an audience. After the release of the first self-titled Foundation record in 2001 on Fueled By Ramen and the subsequent tours that followed, Huddleston decided to expand on his solo project and invited some close friends to join his ranks. In late 2006, Foundation began performing as a full band whose set was comprised of songs from the self-titled full length as well as the new material Huddleston had been composing. As the group evolved, the members revolved. Each show became a little bit different as the cast changed. However, Huddleston’s signature twang and heartfelt lyrics remained the constant.
With a differing combination of acoustic and electric instrumentation, the songs have been proven to obtain a unique life in each new setting. In 2008 Huddleston rejoined forces with Vinnie Fiorello the ex-owner of Fueled By Ramen to bring this new reincarnation of Foundation to life. Vinnie’s new multimedia label Paper + Plastick seemed to be an ideal place for Huddleston to showcase his new rendition of an old band with an old friend. The approach to the record was simple. Rob would record a simple acoustic guitar track and vocals as the literal foundation of the songs, and then they were built upon to create the textured and multifaceted final product. This product would be called Chimborazo.
Named after a historic district in Richmond, Virginia’s Church Hill, the album sounds like the culmination of many summer nights on an old front porch. What separates Chimborazo from Foundation’s earlier work are the amount of additional players and instruments rounding out each song and the time and deliberation they spent producing the record. However, Chimborazo is not overly polished. The album gives the feeling of a live setting with the inclusion of everyone that had been participating in Foundation over the years. The songs range from traditional Americana to bluegrass to straight up Rock and Roll, and are bridged together with common themes and lyrical elements that give the record a strong sense of cohesion. 2008 has shown to be a busy year for Huddleston.
With Foundation releasing Chimborazo in the fall, and Ann Beretta out of hiatus to play select dates, there will be no shortage of heartfelt catchy punk and rock music for the masses. Foundation’s website can be found at foundationbandrva.com. 3) A band from Rochester, NY with a heavy, yet emotional sound inspired by Underdog and Gorilla Biscuits. Their music is characterized by slow and drawn out parts with an emotional feel to them. 4) A one-hit project name of Euro-Trance producer M.A.S de Vries. The song produced under this name was a cover of Air Supply's '80s hit of the same name. 5) A Canadian experimental space rock/jam band known for its soundscapes and virtuosic solos. 6) A New Zealand reggae band led by John Chong-Nee. Read more on Last.fm.
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