You’ve got to hand it to Foxing; the St. Louis experimental rock outfit knows how to set a mood.
Before they stepped on stage at Union Transfer, all the lights venue’s lights powered off, and into the shivering pitch blackness piped the ethereal tones of Enya’s “Only Time.” Not the song I was expecting to hear at this juncture, but as the pulsing green lights faded up and the band walked out on stage — each clad in matching Foxing sports tees with corresponding surnames on the back — it totally worked. It was a bit of serious drama, a bit of ironic irreverence, and as frontperson Conor Murphy strutted to the edge of the stage, arms flailing at the front row like a conductor wearing a huge grin, he was the living embodiment of this dichotomy. Continue reading →
A holiday on Monday means we’ll just have to gig harder the rest of the week. Starting tonight with Foxing at Union Transfer, and going through the weekend with First Aid Kit at The Fillmore, we bring you seventeen concerts to see all around Philadelphia this week.
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I don’t know that Foxing will ever break the Internet, but they definitely broke emo as a genre. “Gameshark” is the third single off the band’s upcoming album, Nearer My God, out August 10. The song is a violent, nightmarish trip. Frontman Conor Murphy sings in falsetto that is frantic and taut as wire. The guttural, spiked chorus rises over a slithering bass line and electronic grooves. Continue reading →
If you were already super pumped for the Manchester Orchestra show this fall after catching its Free At Noon Concert, then you might want to sit down for this news. Not only will the Atlanta five-piece’s soaring sounds echo through The Fillmore in October, but they’ll be joined by Scranton duo, Tigers Jaw, and St. Louis post-rock outfit, Foxing. Holy emotional angst-fest. Continue reading →
Nearly a year to the date after their last Philly show, St. Louis five piece Foxing return for a night at the First Unitarian Church on March 8th. It’s one of just four east coast shows the band will play this time around, reprising last year’s tour in support of 2015’s Dealer LP.
If you’re one of millions still struggling with the results of Tuesday’s election, any source of reassurance is a welcome one. For women and minority groups, that solace is an especially scarce commodity. But in their own small way, St. Louis’ Foxing is trying to help. The band has just shared a cover of Dido’s “White Flag,” and while proceeds from the track were initially meant to help them recover from their recent van accident, the majority will now go to Planned Parenthood and ACLU. Continue reading →
It’s been radio silence from spectral Doylestown rock five-piece Balance and Composure for the better part of a year now, so we knew something big was brewing. The band has been working hard at Studio 4 in Conshy with regular collaborator and good buddy Will Yip on the production boards, and today just announced their third album, Light We Made, which is due out on October 7th via Vagrant Records. Continue reading →
Foxing are a force of nature. Anyone who’s seen the St. Louis post-emo six-piece in the past year-and-a-half of relentless touring can attest to that fact. Frontman Conor Murphy brings a fearsome energy to the stage, roaring his unbelievably personal lyrics over an oceanic soundscape spooled out drop by drop, each twinkling guitar note and choir sample weaving together as fluidly and surely as tidal erosion.
The combination of blistering passion and ace talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the band being hand-selected to support emo titans Brand New, and later joining Philly friends Modern Baseball and mewithoutYou for tours as well, stealing shows and hearts all the while.
But Foxing is at its best with emotions running high, and this isn’t limited to a room full of screaming, sobbing fans—like the one they tore apart at Union Transfer early in December. Some of Foxing’s most visceral moments come not in the raging choruses of songs like “Rory” and “the Medic,” but in the layered introspection and lightly wafting lyrics from Murphy. Continue reading →