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Friday, December 8, 2017

Bassist Josh Coll Parts Ways with Foxing

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 1:37 PM

Foxing. Josh Coll is on the bottom, third from the left. - PHOTO BY THEO WELLING
  • Photo by Theo Welling
  • Foxing. Josh Coll is on the bottom, third from the left.
Foxing bassist and founding member Josh Coll announced on Thursday afternoon that he will be parting ways with the band. After six years with the group, Coll writes in a Facebook post shared by Foxing's page that he is leaving in order to purse a career as a filmmaker.

"The majority of my 20’s were spent with the band. I gave my life, my heart, and energy to Foxing—what I was given in return ended up being much more than I ever put in," Coll writes. "I can say with confidence that if it had not been for Foxing, and for my four brothers in the band, I would not be here today."

Since its inception, Coll has served as one of the group's principal songwriters, penning lyrics alongside singer Conor Murphy. Coll's experience in the military informed many of his lyrics, including those for "Indica" off of 2015's Dealer, a particularly raw and emotional track that makes mention of "kids whose lives I may have taken."

Coll suffered from PTSD upon his return from the military, as he told RFT in a 2015 profile on the band, and nearly ended his life as a result in 2013, just before Foxing was set to leave for its first tour. His girlfriend found his suicide note before he could act, however, and she and Murphy were waiting at his home for him when he returned.

"It may be an overused sentiment, but I can say in no uncertain terms that Foxing saved my life," Coll writes in yesterday's statement. "I’m so proud of the band, both for what it means to the fans and for what it means to me. I’m proud of what we accomplished."

Coll's output as a videographer has moved in tandem with Foxing's output, as Coll directed several music videos for the band — including the one for "Indica," above — in addition to work for the likes of Circa Survive and Tigers Jaw. That work can be found on Coll's official website.

No word yet where Foxing goes from here, though Coll's remarks make it seem clear the band will not be hanging it up anytime soon.

"I will continue to support them from the bleachers in whatever way I can," Coll writes.

Read the full statement below:

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