American Band

Tight melodies, true grit, a love of hair metal: The Doxies have it all

"Our sound is evolving constantly; I don't think we'll ever be stuck in one genre for too long. The new stuff we're recording now is definitely more experimental and rock & roll," says Bryan Maness.

"Lyrically, it's not as much [story-songs] as much as abstract themes and taking on different themes. It felt like, on the first two albums, we had recurring themes that kept popping up, and we really wanted to break from that," adds guitarist Lloyd.

Sonically, the band is employing different effects, shying away from more acoustic-based songs to fool around with numerous stomp boxes and other manipulations. At the Lemmons show a few weeks back, there was an obvious distinction between the old and the new, with the newer material relying less on verse-chorus structures and leaving more room for the music to breathe.

And while sounds may change or styles may collide, there will always be a strong sense of the Midwest in the Doxies, says Bryan Maness. "You'll never be able to take any country out of us, but I think that that's one of the good things about the Doxies, the way we're making good music without trying to put it into any one genre."

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