I had this post pretty much ready to go when I read a review on Pitchfork deeming Foxygen’s new studio release We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic worthy of its ‘Best New Music’ award. This led me to question whether our own site’s moderators would even allow me to publish an article about a band that ‘them over there’ like. In fact, some of you have probably already stopped reading because I mentioned that filthy proper noun.
Regardless, Foxygen are Sam France and Jonathan Rado and, through the media attention that currently surrounds them, have found themselves subject to constant comparison to bands from the British Invasion of the 60s and the decade or so of rock that followed – notwithstanding their claims to the contrary.
The duo have been playing together for several years, despite their relative youth, and have self-recorded a number of albums along with their debut studio release Take The Kids Off Broadway, which made it close to the top of my nobody-gives-a-fuck-so-I-kept-it-to-myself top 10 albums of 2012. The two opening tracks, one of which is embedded below, immediately displays the confident swagger acquired through years of writing and performing together. The rest of the album continues to twist and turn through many a classic rock sound to complete an rousing debut. Recently released 21st Century Ambassadors carries little less bite than its predecessor, but retains the attitude, tempo-shifts and style-changes that captured my attention in the first place.
Foxygen will open for Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Il Motore on March 3rd. Go see them perform at a tiny wee venue like this while they still are — before that other website’s attention causes bigger, shittier venues and ticket touts to ruin their gigs forever.