Who Needs Oxygen When you have Foxygen

Who Needs Oxygen When you have Foxygen

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Foxygen is, according to their website, “Sam France, Rado, and whoever the fuck else we think is glamorous.”

With an introduction like that, this band is kind of hard to ignore.

France, who is lead vocalist, comes to us from Olympia, Wash. His partner in crime, Jonathan Rado from New York City, plays the guitar and keyboard.

Drawing their influences from classic artists like The Beatles, The Kinks and David Bowie, Foxygen likes to put a modern twist on things.

Their sound can’t quite be defined. They have been called everything from rock ‘n’ roll, to psychedelic, to alternative.  The truth is, they fit into all of those categories which is what makes them so unique.

The duo got their start after giving their homemade recording to producer Richard Swift after his performance in NYC one night. Swift liked it so much he called them back later that night, and the rest is history.

Since then, the duo has released two full-length albums. Their first album, “Take the Kids Off Broadway” which was released in 2012, features seven songs and includes a tribute to  Swift.

Their latest album, released in January of this year, is titled “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.” This LP has nine songs, featuring the song “Shuggie.”

With their collection of influences and modern twist, this is definitely a band to watch and one you won’t want to miss at Treefort this year. In addition to their performance at Treefort, keep your eyes and ears out for Foxygen’s performance as  part ofBoise State’s official kickoff to Treefort.

Bands will be taking over the Centennial Amphitheater on Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. with Foxygen performing
at 3 p.m.