The Indie rock band, Foxburrows, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. Foxburrows will perform at the Sooner Theatre on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2:30 pm. Here are ten questions to get to know them.
1) To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
We are an Indie rock band out of the Norman/OKC area with hints of folk and psychedelic rock in a similar vein as bands such as Broken Social Scene and Deerhunter.Our music and our live shows tend to stay upbeat and energetic. We love using catchy melodies and textures to ground our songs even when our structures stray from the norm.
2) What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
Boone Brady: “We just released a brand new EP at the end of March called Empty Room. We have two singles for the EP, Somewhere in Between and The Weather Sucks. Both are a good representation of the variety in our songwriting. Somewhere In Between is more of your standard, upbeat rock song whereas The Weather Sucks is a longer song with multiple parts stitched together.”
Cody Anderson: “If someone was going to listen to us for the first time, I would suggest our new single The Weather Sucks. Nathan Holliday did an amazing job on the production/mixing side and Adam Chamberlain pulled the album together as a cohesive piece with his mastering.
If someone were to dig a bit deeper, I’d suggest listening Waves or Elementary Math Rock for the Masses. Those songs really showcase our collaborative writing process”
3) What’s your song writing process?
Boone Brady: “One of us, generally Cody, has a riff that we start off jamming to and the song usually grows into a full piece from there. Everyone is great about contributing and writing their own parts so after the initial idea, it is very much a group effort”
Cody Anderson: “Our songwriting process hasn’t changed much from the beginning. Usually one of us brings an idea or a simple melody to the table, maybe jam on it for a few minutes and after that discuss where the song should move and progress from there. No one person takes over full songs, and it allows everyone to be creative and comfortable while writing.”
4) What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
Boone Brady: “We have had the pleasure of playing NMF for the past several years. It’s been a pleasure watching it grow every year. It’s so great to have a platform like NMF that celebrates all of the local talent that we have in this state. We appreciate them letting us be a part of it every year.”
Cody Anderson: “We’ve always loved Norman Music Fest! Starting out as a Norman Based band, it always feels like our homecoming show every year. It always bring in a lot of people out that don’t usually venture to local shows or venues often, so you usually get a diverse crowd that would not normally be introduced to your music.”
5) In general, what inspires you?
“I find inspiration in all sorts of places. It can be from listening to current events on the news, to finding inspiration through other artists and musicians.”Boone Brady: “Lyrically I find inspiration in all sorts of places. It can be from listening to current events on the news, to finding inspiration through other artists and musicians. Instrumentally, we tend to find it from listening to some of our favorite artists. If you listen to our music, especially stuff off of the first album, Tame, then you can hear a lot of the soft – loud – soft dynamics common in music from Nirvana and Manchester Orchestra. Our newer music takes less cues from bands like that, though there are sections in sings like The Weather Sucks where you can still hear it. ”
Cody Anderson: “I’d have to agree with Boone quite a bit, our older stuff was heavily influenced by bands like Manchester Orchestra in terms of dynamics and movements, but I think it’s finally growing in to its own thing and maturing in terms of songwriting currently. It hasn’t quite been two years, but I moved to Omaha, Nebraska and we are still creating music that we are proud of. It’s been a lot of windshield time, and short weekend trips, but it’s awesome that everyone still enjoys being around one another after five years and still makes the time to play together. I think just having some of my closest friends to come home to and write with, makes me inspired to put in that kind of time and create ideas for us.
6) You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
Boone Brady: “I’d like to go and travel around Europe on someone else’s dime.”
Cody Anderson: “I’d love to go somewhere in Europe or South America for an extended period of time.”
7) Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
Boone Brady: “Catch up with all of our Norman friends and listen to some of my favorite local acts at the festival. As we have gotten older, it’s been harder to find the time to just hang out together so I’ll be looking forward to just hanging out with all of our friends. ”
Cody Anderson: “I agree with Boone, I always look forward to NMF because it’s the one time of year that most of our friends are in the same city, when it isn’t a holiday. It gives us time to catch up, and see new local and national acts.”
8) What else you want the public to know about you?
Boone Brady: “Like we said earlier, we just released a new EP, Empty Room. It’s available on all major streaming services and is available for download on iTunes and our Bandcamp. We are gearing up for a few shows with our friends from Iowa, Druids. Look to our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more information about those shows.”
9. What do you think should be the Eleventh Wonder of the World?
Boone: “There’s this shack down in Palo Duro in Texas that I would say is as interesting as the pyramids or the other wonders of the world. I’ll go with that.
Cody Anderson: “If that little shack halfway down the Palo Duro Canyon isn’t the eleventh wonder of the world, it would have to be our old drummer Blair Kuehn-Smith”
10) What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
Boone: “A few weeks ago we took pictures for promotional material for our new EP. Cody ended up sitting in a bunch of mud, stickers, and thorns. I think that’s about as extreme as we get in Foxburrows.”
Cody: “A few years ago prior on the same trail as the thorn bush, one of our guys fell into the river but managed to save our PBR. That’s about as extreme as we get these days. We are a pretty tame dad band.”
The eleveth Norman Music Festival is on April 26, 27, and 28, 2018. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here. To learn more about the festival, check out our NMF page.