SALT LAKE CITY — The main goal of the Salt Lake punk band Foster Body is to continue changing and growing through any situation and to always take what individual experiences it has and both absorb them and develop through them.
Foster Body started around two years ago when vocalist Robin Banks and guitarist Korey Martin wanted to start a band together. They started with a different bassist and drummer than they have now, and they expected to only be a one-show band. But after writing music together, they decided they wanted to continue for as long as they could.
Later, Dyana Durfee was added on bass and Jeremy Devine was added on drums. This change in the line-up brought even more change to the band’s message and overall desires to what it wanted to achieve.
In the beginning, Banks and Martin wanted the message of the band to be exclusively about feminism, and while it has remained a very political band in its two years, its message has developed into a broader one that changes with each of the individual band member's own life. The band embodies the old adage that the only constant in life is change.
“What we have now is so radically different from what we were trying to do before. And now it feels a lot more natural, a lot more realized,” Banks said.
“And I feel like it is still very political and feminist,” Durfee added. “You can say just because we as individuals are very political and feminist we aren’t going to be able to write music that doesn’t have that feel to it.”
This change and growth remains at the heart of the desires Foster Body has as a band.
And I feel like it is still very political and feminist. You can say just because we as individuals are very political and feminist we aren't going to be able to write music that doesn't have that feel to it.
–Dyana Durfee, bass
“The focus of Foster Body is its members, and with every new experience its members have, the project takes on a form which expresses them,” Martin said. “This line of thought means we try to actively remove ourselves from the band we began as, even the band we were a week ago.”
This year, Foster Body hopes to continue this development by recording a new album, to be released on the new Diabolical Records label. The release of this album marks the growth of the band as well as the growth of the Salt Lake music scene.
The band hopes the advent of this record label brings the tight-knit and heavily collaborative music scene of Salt Lake to a national level. And this collaborative style has become one of the brands of the scene and one of the reasons it has grown so much in the last few years.
“They’re supportive of all sorts of things, not just the music, but whatever your message might be,” Durfee said. “Everyone seems to have your back and really wants to make everything more inclusive and make people feel more welcome.”
“I see more and more people that I’ve never seen before at every show, and I can’t believe the numbers of people who are coming out to Diabolical shows or just shows in general,” Banks added. “It just seems to be a growing number of people who are showing interest.”
Look for its new album to be released early this year, but in the meantime, you can listen to its last album now on bandcamp.com.