Published on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 12:14
Foxygen is the fast-rising experimental pop-rock project of Sam France and Jonathan Rado. The two grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of West Lake Village and began the band in 2005 as high school freshmen. Inspired by Anton Newcombe, the mastermind behind the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and classic artists such as the Ramones, the youths learned to play as many different instruments as possible. After collaborating on ten home-recorded, self-distributed albums in their high school days, they eventually parted ways for college -- France to Olympia and Rado to New York. In 2011, France made a brief trip to the East Coast and Foxygen began collaborating again. The product, an album called Take the Kids Off Broadway, saw release in the summer of 2012 on mega indie label Jagjaguwar. Freshly labeled, the band has gained buzz during its first cross-country headlining tour.
"Foxygen blend their love of classic rock and psychedelic music in to something fresh and new and very well crafted," says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. "There are so many classic touchstones yet they manage to spin the past into the future like magicians."
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