Foxtrot & the Get Down debut new songs to full house at Johnny Brenda’s

Foxtrot and the Get Down | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN |

Proud Philadelphians Foxtrot & the Get Down premiered new songs off a forthcoming EP to the most excitable crowd I’ve ever seen at Johnny Brenda’s. The band, who have just been signed to Soundly Music, have definitely earned their place as one of our hometown’s most recognizable local acts. Just this past summer they played several sets at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival and made their national TV debut on Fox’s The Q, and they don’t have any plans to slow down.

Foxtrot also shared last night’s lineup with longtime friend and fellow Philly native artist Brianna Judge. Fun fact: singer and guitarist Colin Budny told me that he and Brianna played their first ever shows together back in 2012 down the street at the local bar Kostas – though then called The M Room.

The setlist for the night included old favorites like “Shine,” a newer bluesey track called “Down & Out” (which also features a brand new music video that you can watch below), a brand new week-old tribute to the 27 club called “Legends Never Die,” and a sneak peak of a single dropping this Friday called “Battered & Blue,” which will be featured on their forthcoming EP under Sony.

I can’t stress enough how high energy this band is. They are truly the happiest performers I’ve ever seen, and they vibe together as a unit so well. The vocals are edgy when separate and so smooth when harmonized, the guitars intricately compliment each other, and the new inclusion of a saxophone just makes that integral sound that is so uniquely their own. Alongside Budny, the lineup features vocalist and pianist Erica Ruiz, drummer Jimmy Iovine, bassist Ken Bianco, guest guitarist from Dry Reef Collin O’Donnell, and saxophonist Will Schade.

Foxtrot loves Philadelphia. Like, loves Philadelphia. Budny thanked the crowd over and over for just generally being awesome. He graciously said, “We’ve been to Nashville and we’ve been to New York but Philly’s the only thing that matters and you know that,” and then smoothly transitioned into a sentimental track, “Too Little Too Late.”

“Battered & Blue” comes out as a single this Friday, and you can catch Foxtrot & the Get Down at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on November 2nd, with more Philadelphia dates TBA.



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