Local band Foxing officially is on the national -- nay, international -- radar. The band's album The Albatross landed on the U.K. site of the Huffington Post as part of a writer's list of "The Best Albums of 2013 (That You Probably Haven't Already Heard)." Placing The Albatross at number five in a list of ten albums, HuffPo writer Todd Cochran had this to say:
If you don't listen to any other album on this list, please listen to this one. When you do, you will have the same reaction that I did. How did this band exist without me knowing about it? ... It is hard for me to imagine this band failing to become a critic favorite in the years to come. A stunning record.
We at RFT Music have been on the Foxing bandwagon for a while, reporting on the group's springtime signing with label Count Your Lucky Stars and previewing The Albatross and its release party. It was only a matter of time before 2012's Best New Band would receive international acclaim.
"We are so unbelievably humbled by the reaction that The Albatross has been receiving since its release," says Foxing's Josh Coll. "There isn't a person, blog or website that has taken the time to promote our record or review it that goes unnoticed. That kind of stuff means the world to us."
"That being said, the Huffington Post is on a completely different level; it's almost intimidating to see our name on a site of that caliber," Coll continues. "I get a lot of my news from HuffPo, so when I opened that page up and saw that same, familiar layout that I've seen for years followed by our band name, it was somewhat surreal."
Cochran's Huffington Post article doesn't try to present The Albatross within any single genre, claiming that the album -- produced, engineered and mixed by Ryan Wasoba of local studio Bird Cloud Recording -- is unclassifiable. Coll, though, has a different view.
"I don't think that we necessarily defy genre," Coll says. "People have done a fine job tagging us with a slew of styles. I think we dance around a lot of sounds and our music is an amalgamation of the things we love as individuals more than collectively."
International notoriety isn't the only big news for Foxing. On Monday, the band released a new video for "Rory," a dark piano ballad with haunting chords and lyrics full of heartbreak.
Watch the video for "Rory" on page two.
The video for "Rory," which premiered Monday on washedupemo.com, features a boy in a fox mask trying to outrun a pack of predators. Coll says that portions of the video were filmed in Danno's American Pub in Shrewsbury and Castlewood State Park in Ballwin, and the idea for the video came to him while traveling during Foxing's last tour.
"We were driving through rural Pennsylvania, which has such breathtaking scenery. I was listening to 'Rory' and just kind of saw the video unfold in my head," Coll reflects. "Later, we worked out the details and made the idea a little more manageable. I would say that with the exception of a few elements, the video turned out exactly the way I envisioned it."
The "Rory" video was filmed by Foxing friend Dylan Schnitker and a crew of Webster University film students. Coll and fellow Fox-er Conor John Jostedt Murphy completed most of the editing.
"Conor and I were both, at one time, film students, so we have experience working on sets," Coll says.
Foxing kicks off a winter tour Friday, December 20, in Milwaukee, hitting points in the Midwest, on the East coast and in the South. If you're traveling to one of the following cities during the holiday season, swing by a club and support this St. Louis band. Learn more on Foxing's Tumblr, and check out The Albatross on Bandcamp.
Thanks to @michaeltomko for the news tip.