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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Foxing's Debut LP, The Albatross, Tackles the Darkness: "It's Sacrificing to Your Own Well-Being"

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Murphy attempts to use his vocals as an instrument. It's the first time he has felt a vulnerability onstage. "I don't know what to do when there is an instrumental part where I am not playing trumpet. It's like that 'what do I do with my hands' feeling."

The singular Ryan Wasoba produced the album, and every other release the band has to date. There's a long-standing relationship between the former So Many Dynamos member and Foxing. They refer to him as their spiritual adviser and camp counselor. "I remember recording with [Wasoba] when I was like fifteen and being completely starstruck," says Hudson.

Foxing doesn't have leader or a one-man creative dictator. The band works together on every level -- when writing melodies, everyone finds a small riff to play with and lyrically, Murphy and Coll bounce drafts back and forth like editors in a publishing house.

"Everyone is very conscious of the ensemble and not the individual part. We are very musically reliant on one another. There are times when you feel your part is insignificant, but if you take that part away from practice, it's very noticeable. Everything feeds off of one another, and it's what creates our cohesiveness," says Hudson.

Playing sad music presents difficulties, the band says. The cathartic aspect of songwriting sometimes backfires when its members are forced to revisit feelings and moments in time they are trying to overcome. "There are certain songs that I don't want to have to think about anymore, because of the subject matter," says Murphy.

"It's sacrificing to your own well-being sometimes," adds Coll. "It's like if you were doing things that were self-destructive and then you have to get up onstage and tell people over and over how self-destructive you were."

It's easy to want to group Foxing in with emo bands of the early 2000s, but take a step back before making that leap. Hellwig calls them "older-brother music." Coll has no problem with the "emo" title, citing the multiple genre movements that have occurred, and Murphy prefers to the term "post-emo indie rock" or even just indie rock.

Whatever your choice, there is no doubt that Foxing recalls those feelings of insecurity, loneliness and sadness that engulf all our lives at certain times. Yet as a band it seems that it's able to overcome these emotions by collectively tackling the darkness that resides within each one of us.

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