Monica Martin released her collaboration with Jeremy Larson AKA Violents today via Partisan Records. The pair celebrated release week with a show at Rough Trade NYC accompanied by a string quartet.
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Today, Monica Martin premiered “Equal Powers,” the first track from her upcoming collaboration with Violents (aka Jeremy Larson), on Stereogum. The project, which was originally meant to be an EP, grew into a full-length album set for release through Partisan Records next year.
PHOX announced earlier today that the band is planning to take an extended break for members to pursue other projects and creative outlets. To say goodbye for now, they also announced a US tour beginning in January 2017. See below for a message from the band:
Hello Dear Friends, Fans, Et Al,
Phox is going to take a break; We’re calling it a ‘hiatus’ as it seems a fashionable word for bands to use when taking such a break. This is a decision filled with love and respect for ourselves and each other as we support a growing sense within each of us to pursue other creative outlets. There are movies to be made, albums to produce, spirit quests to be had, planets for Davey to travel to…Truly, the list goes on. “Hiatus” is a nice wordbecause it lets us take some time to figure out what’s next for Phox, but inform you is that it’s going to be quite some time before we get to see you again.
Last night I watched old videos — cried and laughed a lot. We were all dewy faced and had no idea what we were getting into, we just wanted to get out of Baraboo. There are hundreds of magical moments to recount. So many beautiful absurd things that would have never happened if we’d hadn’t gotten together in our aimlessness after highschool. We traveled far, worked really hard, and learned a lot about ourselves. Crazily enough, perhaps, is that along the way it brought us you, people who actually seem to care about what we do, and have surely over-humored our varying manifestations of tantrum, musical and otherwise. Forgive the barrage of cliches; it seems it’d be foolish of me to try and create new language to something so many people within collaborations have experienced. It’s hard to explain without sounding dramatic how unbelievable it is to be in a band with folks that come out to see you, with patient ears that have allowed us the be fully dynamic in our arrangements. It is so. very. rare. to have consistently thoughtful crowds; we’re so proud that you chose to spend any amount of your time with us.
To that end, this hiatus will be preceded by a celebratory little tour, a chance for us to say a proper goodbye (for now.) We are forever grateful for the support you’ve given to us over the last four years, and will make sure to keep you posted on all our respective explorations in songwriting, filmmaking, collaborating, composing, producing, and graphic novel writing.
One More Time, Hands in the Middle, We Love You,
Monica, Matt, Matteo, Davey, & Jason
PHOX is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI. They make music that straddles Feist and Monty Python.
There, the six unlikely musicians attended high school together, some playing on the soccer field video, 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 PHOX 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.
Mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in NYC, PHOX is a school of simple folk-pop songs swimming amidst a chaotic eddy of rock, psychedelia, and soul.
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.