The five doe-eyed boys of Foxing lock interweaving rhythms and personal lyrics to impart heartfelt tunes throughout the Midwest. Foxing's recent self-booked tour brought the band up and down the Central Time Zone, garnering much fanfare for its careful but fearless take on melodic post-rock.
Foxing's music wouldn't feel out of place in a movie soundtrack or a sweaty basement. Drummer Jon Hellwig fits inventive rhythms under the complex riffs of guitarists Eric Hudson and Ricky Sampson, while Josh Coll wrangles thick and booming bass lines to glue each part with commanding force. And I've even personally seen singer Conor Murphy being swooned over as he croons on the mic.
Perhaps this is why, in less than a year following its inception, the band has been signed by renowned label Count Your Lucky Stars, who've pushed many young and prolific artists of the emo-but-the-good-kind ilk in recent years. This milestone was only announced earlier today, as the deal was struck on Foxing's second-to-last show of a ten day tour.
We await details on Foxing's next release; in the meantime three of the band's five dreamboats agreed to lay down the new life lessons they learned on the open road. As is often the case with traveling acts, Foxing encountered many great bands, and they waste no space letting you know all about them in the interview below.
RFT Music: How did Foxing prepare for this tour? Any odd rituals or pagan sacrifices?
Josh Coll: Despite the fact that we are a fairly ritualistic band, as well as practicing pagans, we kept the oddities at bay. The night before we left, we purchased several brands of cereal and tried to fix our van's radio, to no avail.
Eric Hudson: I appreciated the warmth of my bed. While on tour I missed sleeping on forgiving surfaces.
Conor Murphy: I tried working out more before we left. I wanted that hot spring break tour body. I immediately destroyed it with gas station food and McDonald's within the first days of tour.
The tour diet can be rough. Did you succumb to roadside fast food or embark on greater culinary conquests?
Josh: I'll answer this in a roundabout way: I gained three pounds in nine days.
Eric: We ate a lot of aorta bombing foods. My body has never been more stopped up and sluggish.
Conor: The tour diet was way too easy for me. These "aorta bombers" make up the entirety of my food pyramid. I guess I just always live my life in tour mode.
Tell us about your merchandise table in an elaborate story-book fashion.
Josh: Imagine, if you will, two shirts on a table, the first of which is a baby blue Canvas 3001C cotton tee with children riding a pack of wolves, who are savagely tearing into the stomach of a dead deer. The second is a new silver American Apparel 2001 Unisex tee with a wooden ship full of passengers and crew members looking indifferently at a man drowning in the ocean. Snugly sitting next to the shirts were 7" records that could be purchased in either black or pink, until we sold out of pink. Lastly, for the first several days of our trek there were free download cards of our first ep; they were snagged up by grubby little fingers who love "free." Now imagine an empty chair behind the table. If you wanted to purchase any of our merch, you would have to track down our merch guy/Carucage Records owner, Cory Robinson, the slipperiest chain smoker I know. If you ever found yourself asking "Where is he?" Here's a hint and the answer: He is outside smoking.
Eric: Let me tell you something about our merch guy, Cory... He's super rad.
Conor: We had the best merch table in the Midwest. It was like an art piece that you could observe but not touch or interact with.