FOXING – ” Indica / Night Channels “

Posted: December 6, 2016 in MUSIC
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Foxing have done a lot of touring this past year in continued support of last year’s album “Dealer” (among one of our favourite records of that year). They’ve now made a new video for “Dealer” standout track “Indica” and you can watch that below.  LP Dealer, out now on Triple Crown Records.  Full of emotional vocals and meaningful songs.The whole album flows perfectly and each track has its own feeling.

Foxing debut release The Albatross became a self-fulfilling prophecy for this St Louis band Foxing. The group’s relentless touring enabled the slow-build success of their debut, the aching opening track on Dealer recounts the effect of Conor Murphy having to repeat ugly truths about himself night after night for the better part of two years: “I am caught up in the guilt/ Making a living off of drowning.” Though Dealer is an artistic triumph and a significant advance from The Albatross, it’s even heavier, more compositionally complex, and more personally revealing than its predecessor. And that’s why, from its very first second, Murphy sounds drained over the prospect of doing it all over again every night  Dealer is not an easy listen.

It’s in Foxing’s nature to welcome a challenge, they made the most demanding, unique and self-assured debut. It certainly earned the genre tag—silvery guitar figures streaked and twinkled like Explosions In The Sky, while Murphy’s vocals delivered confrontational and caustic story-led lyrics with spasmodic, burst-and-bloom dynamics. he ripped his heart out while it was still beating and shoved it directly in your face.

“Indica”, which recounts Colls time as a soldier in Afghanistan. Few, if any, indie rock bands have access to this kind of firsthand experience, Aside from a brief clatter of field snares, there’s little but a single, clean guitar and Murphy’s vocal catatonic from both PTSD and self-medication: “Could I give back the sounds of their children’s screams?/ Let go of what I’ve seen?” Dealer isn’t a narrative, but both his civilian and Coll’s soldier could share the exhaustion of closer “Three on a Match”—”For what we did, my love, I’m sorry…the Lord won’t let me in/ I’m survived by the weight of my own sins.” .

Dealer pulls all of Foxing’s influences inward, constructed like an expensive timepiece where you can see every exacting movement behind a glossy lacquer. Murphy’s much-improved vocals negotiate the curvature of “Weave”‘s mournful melody . While there were short instrumental passages on The Albatross, “Winding Cloth” is a full-on string orchestration, offering four minutes to absorb the shell shocked war reportage of “Indica” before segueing into the heavy-hearted poetry of “Redwoods”.

When Murphy and bassist/co-songwriter Josh Coll take on universal topics like sex, religion and war, they’re framed through personal experiences: “The Magdalene” is the most dour song about losing one’s virginity drawing on strict Catholic upbringings that instilled what Coll has said “the internal fear that spirits are in the room witnessing ‘sin’ in action”: “Mother of God on the rosary/ Is she here with us?/ Does she want what she sees?” The guilt carries on to the present day as Murphy becomes choked by the supposedly no-strings hook-ups in “Night Channels” and “Glass Coughs”. Both build up from spare, plaintive introductions to restrained screams and contained, brassy cacophony—Murphy allows you to feel every pang and writhe of guilt.

Foxing are going on an extensive European tour in 2017. Those dates are listed below.

Mar 13 Stereo Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 14 Deaf Institute Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 15 BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB Leeds, United Kingdom
Mar 16 Scala London, United Kingdom
Mar 17 Firebug Leicester, United Kingdom
Mar 18 Bodega Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 19 The Exchange St Philips, United Kingdom
Mar 21 Joiners Southampton, United Kingdom
Mar 22 Green Door Store Brighton, United Kingdom

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