Got a really cool chance with BristolLive Magazine to interview one of my favorite bands right now, Foxing. I really wanted to ask in depth, nerdy questions about their song structure and themes, but held back as much as I could so it would be accessible to someone who might never have heard them, but might give them a try.
They were incredibly open about what it’s like to be in their band and why they are who they are. I hope it helps people get into them, maybe even in time for the gig that shortly followed this interview.
Expert from the interview below:
The band are often grouped into the recent ’emo-revival’ that features confessional lyrics, sweeping, reverb laced guitars and soft, loud vocals, but to simply group Foxing into this category does the band a disservice. Their self-awareness and range of sound gives a complexity to songs that makes you revisit them over and over.
Much like the candid approach to their lyrics and performance, guitarist and vocalist, Eric Hudson’s, responses are incredibly honest. He talks about the toll touring has taken on them as a band and how they feel when they look back on their music once it’s been released.
A few years ago you re-released you first album, The Albatross, and your recently released TWO EP, has new recordings of Redwoods and Indica. Do you enjoy revisiting your tracks from a studio and writing perspective or do you find it difficult, as a group, to say that an album or a song is ‘finished’ even after it’s released?
I enjoyed revisiting these tracks because they were an opportunity to change aspects of the song that I wasn’t happy with. Redwoods in particular was a song that changed for the worse from the demoing process to the final product. That’s why I specifically chose that song to redo. Our songs are always changing somewhat, even older songs. I think we just eventually find better or more interesting ways to play the same songs so that they stay fresh.
I read that the name of the band comes from the chemical process where paper begins to age over time and turn yellow; how much you do consider how your music will age? Similarly, do you want your listeners to consider this?
We don’t consider it at all. And already, there are things in our music from prior releases that I don’t think have aged well even to now. I don’t know that its possible to avoid that unless you’re creating music that is timeless, which few bands are able to achieve. Our band will end someday, maybe after the next record, maybe the one after that or maybe before our next record; but for now our band exists and our listeners have that while it lasts.