Partisan Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Madison, WI’s PHOX. Produced by Brian Joseph at April Base Studio in Eau Claire, WI and mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in NYC, PHOX’s debut self-titled album, coming in late June 2014, is a school of simple folk-pop songs swimming amidst a chaotic eddy of rock, psychedelia, and soul. PHOX will play songs from their forthcoming debut at festivals and shows throughout the country in the coming months. In addition to select shows at SXSW, the sextet will hit the road with Typhoon this month, with a Laura Mvula tour to follow in April. They can also be seen at major US festivals this summer, including Shaky Knees, Sasquatch, and Newport Folk. The full list of tour dates are below.
When fans sign up for PHOX’s mailing list today, they will get a free download of their Live At iTunes Festival London EP, via Noisetrade — feel free to reach out if you would like a private download or stream.
PHOX is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI, a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. They make music that straddles Feist and Monty Python.
It was in Baraboo that the six unlikely musicians attended high school together, some playing on the soccer field, others on video production sets. But in a town with a drive-your-tractor-to-school day, they didn’t last.
They did the thing that most people do when they are 18: they fled the coop, each going their separate ways (to film school, cosmetology school, a job with Homeland Security…). But promises were made that couldn’t be kept, and as they fell in unrequited love and lost their respective jobs, in spite of themselves, each simultaneously pulled the ripcord and came home.
The sextet promptly (-ish) got a house together in the Portland of the heartland, Madison, WI. As prolifically documented in their online video series, PHOX rekindled their onetime A/V production house while discovering how to live as a family (i.e. how not to berate each other about the hair in the sink).
After two years of cohabiting, PHOX beheld a demo reel of bedroom-recorded music (and home movies) that made Bon Iver and The Fray recording engineer Brian Joseph blush. Donning his producer’s cape (and occasional lab coat), Joseph cheer-led the band through its debut album at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI.
Joseph’s enthusiasm propelled the band through the production of more than a dozen songs that have been swimming in the think tank for two years.
If the goal here is friendship, PHOX is doing quite well. If the chosen path is blue collar pixel-pushing and church camp trust falls, they’re on the way. And if their only coping mechanism is to lay down their arms and, for 30 or 45 minutes a day, shut up and listen to each other, you can’t be too upset.
WATCH: 7-song video EP from 2013 HERE
WATCH: PHOX’s Yours Truly session HERE
LISTEN: “Espeon” in NPR‘s Austin 100 SXSW Mix HERE
PHOX at SXSW
3/13 – KUTX Broadcast @ The Four Seasons – 8:00am
3/13 – ACL’s “Bloody Mary Morning” @ GSD&M – 11:15am
3/14 – BMI Brunch @ The Four Seasons – 10:30am
3/14 – ATC Showcase @ House of Vans / Mohawk – 8:30pm
3/8 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit*
3/10 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall*
3/13 – 3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/15 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks*
3/17 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*
3/18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
4/2 – Chicago, IL – Hideout
4/6 – Montreal, QC – La Tulipe^
4/7 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair^
4/8 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton^
4/9 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg^
5/9 – 5/10 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
7/6 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
7/25 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
* denotes w/ Typhoon
^ denotes w/ Laura Mvula
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