thread of foxing on the occasion of their 2018 extremely warped and fragmented emo album nearer my god

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have had a very difficult time listening to anything but this

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:10 (two years ago) link

but also weirdly i almost can only take half of it at a time. it's a dense 50+ minutes

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:12 (two years ago) link

many of the songs have a moment where they warp thrillingly into a new part and it's always so good (second half of "five cups," string section on "heartbeats," guitar solo on "lich prince," the "oh!" on "slapstick")

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:17 (two years ago) link

sounds like muse

na (NA), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:18 (two years ago) link

I mean this is a weird comparison maybe but this record feels to me like what would've happened had arcade fire doubled down on neon bible

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:24 (two years ago) link

no it sounds like muse

na (NA), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:26 (two years ago) link

reminds me of something in the vein of the last the last manch orch or Bn album? Anyway I love it

Mordy, Monday, 13 August 2018 22:30 (two years ago) link

muse

― na (NA), Monday, August 13, 2018 3:26 PM (five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thanks

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:32 (two years ago) link

"Wounded schoolboy prog" sounds about right.

So does Muse.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:49 (two years ago) link

i'm not mad about the comparison but this doesn't sound like any muse record i've ever heard

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 13 August 2018 22:50 (two years ago) link

yeah idk none of this sounds like muse to me, more like brand new by way of wild beasts

devvvine, Monday, 13 August 2018 23:05 (two years ago) link

I admit I thought of Muse a little on "Gameshark" but Muse have never released anything that successfully nutty. And nothing else on the album evokes them much at all.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:16 (two years ago) link

yeah I love the all the moments like when the background synth line warps into the guitar solo in Lich Prince and when Lambert suddenly picks up speed

really don't understand the Muse comparisons at all but those high guitar notes on the title track are filling the void left by the still unreleased Wrens album for me

ufo, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:20 (two years ago) link

i wish the singer had a little more game, he makes this pretty uninteresting when he's the focus

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:23 (two years ago) link

what a well architected rock record—tension and release, plenty of catharsis, little sonic details (s/o to walla for incredible production work, as always).

don't hear Muse in this at allllll

austinb, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:39 (two years ago) link

I'm struggling to get into this because it feels like it should be up my alley but it's just not grabbing me. I don't see this as a weakness of it, but maybe me, or just my mood. I'm gonna keep at it.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 16:25 (two years ago) link

i def get hearing limitations in the singing. one song where i'd say his limitations actually kinda add to the intensity of the song is "lich prince". incidentally there are a lot of different vocal approaches in that song

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:13 (two years ago) link

also finally listening to this on good speakers while high and album of the century

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:13 (two years ago) link

lol

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:17 (two years ago) link

muse comparisons may be a side effect of how much this band loves hail to the thief maybe

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:24 (two years ago) link

httt comparison the most generally otm so far imo, obv w some of the drum sounds but also the swaying capaciousness of a lot of it

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:35 (two years ago) link

brad if you're still high you should listen to the Cooper Temple Clause album I bumped their thread for

not enough ambitious rock records in that 53-57 minute sweet spot

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:56 (two years ago) link

Bit in the middle of Slapstick made me think I was listening to Mew

imago, Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:26 (two years ago) link

another good comparison point

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:21 (two years ago) link

I FEEL LIKE A HOUSEPLANT

― devvvine, Friday, August 10, 2018 12:19 AM (six days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

*furious guitar solo*

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:42 (two years ago) link

PALMS
KEPT
WHITE
HOT
GOLD
RINGS
FOLDED LIKE A

ufo, Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:16 (two years ago) link

SO I'M EMBARRASSING MYSELF AGAIN!

^ my other favourite bit to shout on the record

devvvine, Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:25 (two years ago) link

Mew and Radiohead were def the comparisons that came to mind first for me (as well as Arcade Fire). Dude obv doesn't have Jonsi's voice but does his own thing. Anyway, we've been enjoying it fairly well over the last few days.

The inexorable rise of identity condiments (Sund4r), Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:43 (two years ago) link

i'm into this record. hat tip to mordy for recommending

Trϵϵship, Friday, 17 August 2018 14:30 (two years ago) link

yeah the bridge of Lich Prince is the best thing on this album

imago, Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:40 (two years ago) link

if anyone here is new to the band and likes this record, i may recommend the lead singer's solo album as smidley over any previous foxing record https://smidley.bandcamp.com/album/smidley

it's more traditionally indie rock but the songs are so good

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:08 (two years ago) link

Ok cool!

I realised that good as Lich Prince is btw, it bears a very striking resemblance to Little Rhymes by Mercury Rev - not the most flattering comparison haha

imago, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:12 (two years ago) link

idk "little rhymes" is pretty good

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:20 (two years ago) link

i really loved all is dream in high school though

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:20 (two years ago) link

Same.

Thanks for the heads up on this guy's solo record btw.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:24 (two years ago) link

they are GREAT live, so much more animated and hyped-up than I was expecting. six people onstage - the only issue was that the sound dwarfed the venue. they might be the only indie band successfully gunning for stadium dynamics. theonly song not improved upon was "Slapstick."

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Sunday, 2 September 2018 23:16 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

at hallowed ground, holding hands
ashing cigarettes on gravestones
pin photographs on cork boards
unfollowing my dead friends
someone’s gonna love me

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 13:45 (two years ago) link

y'all were right, this album is awesome. does anyone else get TV On the Radio vibes? cause that's one of the first things that struck me.

fred-a van vleet (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:49 (two years ago) link

I can kinda get that just based on the density

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:27 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

very good again last night, nice tight 50ish minute set, not a moment wasted. they played Roy Orbison's "Crying" over the PA as their intro and it segued wonderfully into "Grand Paradise." major points for throwing in some NMG deep cuts ("Won't Drown," "Lambert"[!!]) and for inspiring a mosh pit for about 90 seconds in the climax of "Gameshark."

Conor is one of the more weirdly compelling vocalists I've seen - he sounds just like on record, but his sound and vibe are like he killed off their real singer and replaced him with a skilled karaoke act. Like their real, more seamless and traditionally strong vocalist is locked in some cellar and he's doing the best he can to cover up the cracks with his weird kitchen-sink enthusiasm. (None of this is meant as a diss - it's endearing and distinctive.)

Simon H., Thursday, 25 April 2019 14:39 (two years ago) link

would love to see them at an outdoor festival. this album is weirdly so summery - I associate it with my trips to play cricket last year. the sun is out now so I might put it on

imago, Thursday, 25 April 2019 16:17 (two years ago) link

this is a great review of this album btw, which is threatening to open up it's second half for me

http://www.spectrum-pulse.ca/2018/11/album-review-nearer-my-god-by-foxing.html?m=1

still feel for brevity's sake to have the album end with heartbeats as the note of contrast to the preceding madness would have been ideal, but I am enjoying the last five tracks right now - they would make an excellent companion ep?

imago, Thursday, 25 April 2019 17:11 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

haven't gotten to watch this yet but I assume it kills

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/12/731358797/foxing-tiny-desk-concert

Simon H., Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:27 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

saw these lads yesterday in the little forest stage at Latitude and they were grrrrreat! I doubt more than 50 people in the crowd had heard them before but they totally won over the crowd. need to catch a small club-ish show next time - they mentioned after the last 2 euro dates they're off home to do the new record so that may be a while.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Saturday, 20 July 2019 08:53 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

this album has really stayed with me

imago, Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:15 (one year ago) link

listening now, still bangs

devvvine, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:51 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

the remixes EP is not bad! the Shinoda remix does what you'd expect, but it works. I wonder if this is a sign of where they might be headed on the next one.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 14:17 (one year ago) link

one of the guitar players bought a seven string guitar and is promising / threatening tasteful nu metal influence, lol

be the cowboy dan, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 01:52 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

is this the best album released in the 2010s decade? i'd say it's in the top 5

blue6ave, Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:18 (four months ago) link

vv good and gets better with repeats yeah. so excited for the new album

imago, Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:56 (four months ago) link

uuuugh I thought this would be for lp4 news...cmon lads

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:57 (four months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Here I Wait https://t.co/J5Uc3BinLu

🌒 pic.twitter.com/g8mUeI3GmL

— Foxing (@Foxing) February 26, 2021

teasing something

ufo, Friday, 26 February 2021 21:50 (three months ago) link

yesss

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Friday, 26 February 2021 22:02 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHBCMt7xvtA

ufo, Saturday, 6 March 2021 00:25 (three months ago) link

no idea what Yoni Wolf contributed, but damn.

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Saturday, 6 March 2021 00:53 (three months ago) link

it's alright but i think i'll like it more in the context of the album, on its own like this it doesn't quite have the weight that this sort of big power-ballad thing seems like it should?

ufo, Saturday, 6 March 2021 01:27 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

i finally heard this and it rules

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:10 (two months ago) link

"speak with the dead" i mean

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:13 (two months ago) link

absolutely amazing

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:13 (two months ago) link

I like it a lot. I think it'll sound even better in context.

drop that fuckin preorder info lads

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:16 (two months ago) link

the groove change in the second half is so unexpected and amazing

voodoo chili, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:57 (two months ago) link

loving the ambition and what this does with rhythm, favourite thing is whatever on earth the drums are doing throughout the first half

imago, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 18:27 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoKo52WVUuo

a goofy comparison to make with this one is avicii

ufo, Thursday, 15 April 2021 07:26 (two months ago) link

jam

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 14:24 (two months ago) link

based on the two new songs i'm excited for this to outdo nearer my god

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 14:24 (two months ago) link

so far i'm intrigued but i think i'll like them both in context of the album

ufo, Thursday, 15 April 2021 14:26 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

it's out august 6th

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Wednesday, 19 May 2021 12:49 (one month ago) link

wasn't expecting them to make an arcade fire song

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 May 2021 15:51 (three weeks ago) link

weird/fun chord progressions on that one, I confess I haven't been straightforwardly bowled over by the new songs like I was "slapstick" or "nearer my god" but I am still cautiously optimistic

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Thursday, 27 May 2021 15:54 (three weeks ago) link

based on the twothree new songs i'm excited for this to outdo nearer my god

― mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:24 AM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 27 May 2021 15:55 (three weeks ago) link

this is like ELO gone through a dark mirror to me

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 27 May 2021 15:55 (three weeks ago) link


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