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Foxing Reveals North American Tour

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Foxing Announce Fall N. America Tour Dates

He is the face and the inspiration behind Live, and their seminal 1995 album Throwing Copper, and one hell of an entertaining performer, and shortly, we’ll be able to catch him performing the album live acoustically.

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Foxing are about to set out on a two and a half month tour that will find them circumnavigating the entire country, including three October dates in Florida.  The Missouri quintet hit the road tonight, and run straight through mid-December.

In October, they tour with Brand New and Cymbals Eat Guitars, including their three stops in Florida (see dates below).  Later on during their tour, they tag-up with Modern Baseball to a run of  co-headlining shows with Gates.

Foxing released a new version of their debut full-length The Albatross via Triple Crown Records this past summer.  Freshly remixed and remastered, this new version of The Albatross takes the swelling, orchestral, starkly personal album to new heights.  Never ones to sit still, the band also created, directed and filmed videos for two of the tracks on the album, including the emotional and powerful ballad “The Medic.”

Producer and mixing engineer Ryan Wasoba explains of the band’s decision to remix and remaster the record, “”By the time we started mixing, most songs had well over 100 tracks. While there was no exact rush to release The Albatross, we did not have the luxury to let the record sit for a few weeks and come back to it with fresh ears. I wasn’t able to listen objectively until after the album was mastered and released.”  Continues bassist Josh Coll, “Because of time, money and other issues that plague recording, we weren’t able to dedicate all the attention to the mix and mastering that it deserved. Once we signed with Triple Crown we’re able to revisit everything. It was a delicate process of cleaning up and bringing out certain qualities in the record that were already there. I think it sounds wonderful.”

Tour Dates:
10/07/14 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s*
10/08/14 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Underworld*
10/09/14 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen* w/ Kevin Devine
10/10/14 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft*
10/11/14 – Annadale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College*
10/12/14 – Richmond, VA – The National $
10/13/14 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel $
10/14/14 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
10/15/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle $
10/16/14 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium $
10/17/14 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre $
10/18/14 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center $
10/19/14 – Austin, TX -Stubb’s $
10/20/14 – Shreveport, LA – Bear’s on Fairfield
10/21/14 – Birmingham, AL – Iron CIty Live $
10/22/14 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford $
10/24/14 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando $
10/25/14 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach $
10/26/14 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing $
10/28/14 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues $
10/29/14 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte $
10/30/14 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva $
10/31/14 – Gainesville, FL @ THE FEST
11/03/14 – Memphis, TN @ Carcosa
11/11/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater^
11/12/14 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room^
11/13/14 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot^
11/14/14 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop^
11/15/14 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge^
11/16/14 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater^
11/18/14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater^
11/19/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock^
11/20/14 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder#
11/21/14 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge#
11/22/14 – Vancouver, BC @ 333#
11/23/14 – Portland, OR @ Slabtown#
11/24/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Submission Art Space#
11/25/14 – Los Angeles @ Jewel’s Catch One#
11/26/14 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction#
11/28/14 – Tempe, AZ @ 51 West#
11/29/14 – Albuquerque, NM @The Gasworks#
12/01/14 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom w/ Listener
12/11/14 – Philadelphia, PA @Theater of Living Arts^
12/12/14 – New York NY @ Gramercy Theater^
12/13/14 – Hamden, CT @ The Space^
12/14/14 – Boston, MA @ The Paradise Rock Club^
12/15/14 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg^

* = w/ Into It. Over It. & KittyHawk
$ = w/ Brand New & Cymbals Eat Guitars
^ = w/ Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Crying, Somos
# = w/ Gates

Modern Baseball, You’re Gonna Miss it All

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Modern Baseball – Album Review

“I hate worrying about the future cause all my current problems are based around the past” is the first line off Modern Baseball’s sophomore full length release; which makes perfect sense, as every song off You’re Gonna Miss it All is a first person rant towards some past tense lover.

Front man Brendan Lukens sings with a distinctive voice, one you could pick out in a crowded basement. Nasally and rushed, the lyrics come across as inner thoughts put to music, not always fitting into each measure. But that doesn’t mean that they are not well versed, they are sincere, coming from a real place of remorse.

Most of the songs follow a similar construction, starting with a melodic verse, then erupting into a pop punk break that leads into a catchy chorus, before finally settling into a calm sectioned outro that leaves you feeling as if you have arrived somewhere.

The track “Apartment” starts with a strummed guitar and calm drums. Then counting into a pop punk verse that’s all about a small get together of friends that comes off as painfully boring. It’s seeking interest in a girl, but not even trying. Its teenage, its youth. Walking home and thinking of what to say. And a line you can quote but not sure where it fits into the song.

“She was my trophy shelf of slip-ups, my untamed hormonal Loch Ness shit-show…for months on end.” One of those golden scribbles off the track “Notes” speaks volumes for the album. This was my favorite track for the reason it did not follow the structure many of the other songs did, and the self-loathing lyrics are at least well written.

The album is intriguing, but at times, it’s a bit juvenile. It repeats itself over and over; it’s witty, but lacking direction. The lyrics are high school poem-letters with golden lines scattered about. Such as “sharp as a tack but in the sense I’m not smart but a prick.” The parts are tight, no loose ends. But one can’t help but hear the same riffs multiplied.

Overall, I like Modern Baseball. About as much as I like, well, actual modern baseball. I will watch an inning or four but never the entire game, too much repetition. The album is filled with great lines that I truly loved. The best songs being “Rock Bottom,” “Notes,” “The Old Gospel Choir,” and “Timmy Bowers.” But I don’t believe this album was written for anyone but Brendan. It’s a bleeding heart, perhaps one that hasn’t felt true heartbreak, but it’s self-aware. “Wait a minute, I’ve been living more like a piece of shit without you.” It’s melodic, sincere and well constructed, in the sense of a suburban neighborhood that it seems to have been raised in.

At the end of this album I was tired of hearing about this girl, and the same story of how he wanted her back. How he needed her. It had turned from a universal feeling of loss and longing to the same sad, sappy love song you were sick of because it reminded you of someone. But not just that; after listening to the nasal voice almost whining for twelve songs he became almost as annoying to me as he must be to the girl the entire album is about.

AndrewCorbit

For fans of Motion City Soundtrack and The Front Bottoms, and any high school kid who just got broken up with for the first time.