You know we always have fun with our interviews here at THP, so obviously we have to share them with you! Today, we bring you The Foxies, a pop trio from Nashville who we just had to put on your radar. The second we heard ‘If Life Were A Movie’ we were hooked. The Foxies have a new album coming out soon which we can’t wait for. In the meantime, check out their singles and this interview to learn all about the band. You might just find a new fave 🙂
You can stream The Foxies’ music right here.
Hi and welcome to The Honey POP! For our readers who may have not heard of you, how would you describe your sound?
I believe it was a radio station in Ireland that said this first but I’ve always stuck with it. We sound like Billy Idol and Blondie had a baby. It’s not really easy to pinpoint exactly what we sound like because we love to just create and push the needle, but that comparison just stuck.
You have a debut album coming in September. How are you feeling?
Considering we had been writing for two years and had no idea we were even writing an album… I’m totally stoked. I feel like we are about to share the most precious body of work we have ever created.
What was the most challenging part about creating Who Are You Now, Where Were You Then? What was the easiest part?
I’d say the hardest part was creating an album with a somewhat pop-model during the pandemic. Not only did we have completely different collaborators for every song or two, we had to wrangle together zoom writing/recording sessions with all these different people in different studios on different days, and still make sure it sounded like it was all singular to our band. It was stressful and fun at the same time 🙂 I suppose the easiest part was writing the songs, because we really didn’t know this was going to be an album. Most of the sessions were one-off writing sessions with new friends and old friends and when we came to pick songs for a new project, luckily there were 11 that just fit together so well.
We’re kind of obsessed with ‘If Life Were A Movie,’ can you tell us a little bit about that track and how it came about?
I’m so glad you like it! I (Julia) was very heartbroken and bitter over a man. Jake and I walked into our write with Lucas Arens and he asked what I was going through. I spilled my guts about my recent heartbreak and I said “you know, if this were a movie… HE would be the guy that dies” and then the song just wrote itself 🙂 Every writing session is therapy.
How did you choose the singles for this album?
This was a hard process. We had a bunch of listening meetings where we would listen to our favorites and we started with close to 50 songs and we had to dwindle it down to 10-12.
We love the visuals in ‘Headsweat’ and ‘If Life Were A Movie,’ how did you decide that this was the aesthetic you wanted to go with?
I (Julia) knew from the beginning that ‘HeadSweat’ needed to have a super colorful, almost ‘90s type vibe for the music video. Our videographer and director Ryan Sheehy helped us build the set and bring this throwback vibe to life. For ‘If Life Were A Movie,’ we filmed that music video at 8 different sets and that’s how we got the visuals for the video.
For the artwork on the other hand… we wanted these songs to have collage pieces that symbolize the song itself. Like for ‘Headsweat’ we have to mannequins merging into each other…indicating intimacy. And then for ‘If Life Were A Movie,’ we have a gravestone, a crow, and a body of water. All pieces that put visuals to the lyrics. Caroline Ivins helped make the artwork possible.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Jake: There’s simply not enough space here – but I was raised on classic rock and folk songwriters; I’m talking everyone from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, CSNY, and everything in between. When I make music with this band, I draw from The Cure, David Bowie, Prince, Siouxie and the Banshees, Blondie, and tons of excellent dance-punk artists. On this album though, I think we got way more “current” with our influences. There was a lot of Beck, Green Day, Blink-182, No Doubt, and The Strokes in our studio, as well as so much awesome music that is charting today.
Julia: I’m a huge fan of New Wave. Give me The Smiths, The Cure, Joy Division all day and I’m happy.
Rob- Incubus, YELLOWCARD, Blink182, Phil Collins… I mean the list goes on and on.
If you had to pick 3 of your songs to be in a soundtrack for a movie/tv show, which 3 would you pick, and for what soundtrack?
Jake: My first reaction is to put ‘Headsweat’ in Sex Education, ‘If Life Were A Movie’ for Love Island, and I so wish ‘Good Try’ were in the new Spider-Man film!
Julia: I think ‘Y2k’ would be perfect for Umbrella Academy. ‘Then I’ll Go’ I see in a reboot of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And then probably ‘Blush Boy’ for honestly any coming-of-age film haha
Rob- ‘Good try’ for Vampire Diaries. Not sure that fits but it works in my head.
‘Hey dude’ Legally Blonde because it’s hilarious and just gives me classic comedy.
‘Crushed velvet’ some super heart felt teenage romance movie.
What can you tell us about the album and the writing process?
We learned a lot about how WE like to work. Julia and I (Jake) wrote these songs over the course of a couple years with some of our favorites, refined the demos from the original sessions, and then brought them to our favorite studio in Nashville. From there we tended to work by ourselves, recorded drums, vocals, synths, and guitars, and threw those on top of what was already there. From that point, I feel like we’re just chipping away at a sculpture. Some songs needed a lot of love from that point, some were almost done, and there wasn’t really any rhyme or reason to that. But we all feel it when a song is done, and we all felt it when the album was finished.
What themes did you explore? Were there a lot of the songs inspired by your personal experiences?
I feel like I can only write from personal experiences. I’m a very impulsive writer. If I’m not feeling inspired, I can definitely write, but it will lack the emotional connection. I want people to feel what I feel when they listen to the lyrics and hear our songs.
What is your writing process like as a band? Is it more of a collaborative effort, or do you each bring different songs to the table?
These are all created in the collaboration phase. There are some songs where I drive most of the ship, sometimes Julia does, and even some where our outside co-writers have more of the “sauce” that day than we do, but more often than not, it is straight collaboration. It doesn’t really matter “how much” of a song each person individually comes up with, because we are all pretty much THERE, working hard on each tune from start to finish.
What can we expect from The Foxies for the rest of 2022?
A heartfelt and rock full-length album, which comes out September 23 and shows at a venue near you!
We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely waiting for September 23rd to roll around so we can listen to The Foxies’ album in full. If the rest of it is anything like the singles we already love then we know we’re going to enjoy it. Let us know your thoughts about The Foxies and their music in the comments below or by hitting us up on Twitter or our other socials. We’re always buzzing about something!
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