Over the next 11 weeks I’ll dig deep into the 2014 Coachella Music Festival lineup, featuring one band per day. The purpose of this piece is to assist in difficult decisions that inevitably you’ll need to make, as well as, serve as a fun countdown to Coachella Week. Note: All bands appear in a completely random order… Enjoy, and let the countdown begin!
Day 22 = Foxygen
Performing = Saturday
Foxygen are the indie rock duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado. The two formed the band while in junior high school in Westlake Village, California in 2005.
The duo were inspired by Anton Newcombe, frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and his ability to play 75 different instruments (allegedly), as illustrated in the brilliant film Dig! After watching the film, the two set out on an experimental pop thrill ride that included recording the 36-song debut full-length Jurrassic Exxplosion Phillipic at the tender age of 15. Coming in at just under 59 minutes, the album was self-produced and initially only available on free download. Last April the album was finally made available in physical form for the paying customer.
Throughout high school the two released numerous EP’s, most of which are no longer available. In 2012 the two reunited after spending time away at separate colleges, and released the mini LP Take The Kids Off Broadway. In early 2013 they released the critically acclaimed album We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic. This blog named the album the 17th best of 2013, and track “Shuggie” had a nice showing, coming in at #42.
The two are known for acting like imbeciles on stage, their maniac behavior led to Mr. France falling off the stage and breaking his leg last summer, putting a quick end to 2013 tour. The pair also enjoy collecting musical instruments, somewhere Anton must be so proud.
Visit the Foxygen website here:
“We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic”
“Make It Known”