Foxing's Debut LP, The Albatross, Tackles the Darkness: "It's Sacrificing to Your Own Well-Being"
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Voted 2012's Best New Band by you fine folks, Foxing is quickly making a name for itself both locally and nationally. The five-piece was signed by the Count Your Lucky Stars label this spring while on tour and is set to drop its first full-length album, The Albatross, on November 12. The release party is November 15 at the Firebird (2706 Olive Street; 314-535-0353), sponsored by Empire Pizza and 4 Hands Brewery. The show is $5 and features Dots Not Feathers, Bear Hive and Parisian.
The Albatross contains heavy swelling movements reminiscent of the ocean, perfect for conveying the aimed emotions of isolation and alienation. It seeks to capture a snapshot in time when multiple members of the band were undergoing a type of disconnect. Bassist Josh Coll and vocalist Connor Murphy were living in different cities. "It's that alienation of coming home when you realize that the world goes on without you; not everyone is sitting around waiting for you to come back. You come home and you feel really disconnected from everything around you," says Coll.
It's not just the somber lyrics that relay these feelings, but also the songwriting style and track arrangements. "There isn't a lot of verse-chorus. The linear songwriting aspect gives a storyteller format. We aren't going to keep repeating the same thing over and over," says Murphy.
It wasn't until final production that Foxing realized the story that was unfolding and the importance of track order. "The way it's set up, it makes a lot more sense to us, but at first we didn't realize how connected these songs were in different ways," says drummer John Hellwig.
"Yeah, we put a lot of thought into it, but really, it all just started to fall in place," adds Murphy.
Foxing went through five guitarists before finding Eric Hudson, who had previously played with Murphy in Torch Light Red. Hudson was given the task of learning old songs and writing new parts just three weeks before the band departed on tour. While the music wasn't necessarily relying on what Hudson produced, he found a way to make his parts integral to the music.
"The song was going to exist regardless of what I put into it," says Hudson. "Already seeing the vision for the song allowed me to make the songs better. I got to put my personal handprint on the songs and enhance them, rather than create from scratch."
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