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Foxing announce new album ‘Nearer My God’ & tour, share “Slapstick”

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photo by Hayden Molinarolo

After talking about it for a while, Foxing are finally ready to release their anticipated third album, the followup to 2015’s great Dealer. It’s called Nearer My God and it’s due out August 10 via Triple Crown (pre-order). Produced by former Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla and the band’s own Eric Hudson, with help from Hop Along’s Joe Reinhart, the new album is a huge step up and a significant change in direction from anything they’ve done before, while still sounding unmistakably like Foxing. The first taste is “Slapstick,” which does a fine job of easing you in to the new sound. It starts off not entirely removed from the Foxing of Dealer, but then glitchy electronics and manipulated vocals enter the picture, before the song finds room for a massive rock chorus, Mew-ish dream pop, and a combination of all those various parts. It’s like the last decade of indie — from the real anthemic, festival-ready rock to the minimal, R&B-inspired stuff — all rolled into one, and it sounds suited for no other time than right now.

The song comes with a video written and directed by former Foxing member Josh Coll (who also did all the videos for the new Wonder Years album). “When you have five minutes to tell a story, the how’s and why’s of the narrative quickly become the most inconsequential elements –– audiences are imaginative enough to fill in the backstory. What matters is that our two characters –– who are clearly alone in the bunker–– are friends who depend on each other for survival,” Josh says of the video. Watch below.

Foxing are going on a co-headlining UK/EU tour with Pianos Become the Teeth (who released Wait For Love earlier this year) in August, and they also just announced a headlining North American tour happening right afterwards.

The North American dates hit NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on September 4. Tickets for that show (and the whole tour) go on sale Friday (6/22) at 10 AM local time. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Ratboys and Kississippi were added to the tour as openers.

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Tracklist
Grand Paradise
Slapstick
Lich Prince
Gameshark
Nearer My God
Five Cups
Heartbeats
Trapped In Dillard’s
Bastardizer
Crown Candy
Won’t Drown
Lambert

Foxing Nearer My God

Foxing — 2018 Tour Dates

UK/EU DATES WITH PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH
Aug 09 Bush Hall, London
Aug 10 Bush Hall, London
Aug 11 The Haunt, Brighton
Aug 12 Rebellion, Manchester
Aug 13 Whelan’s, Dublin
Aug 14 Stereo, Glasgow
Aug 15 The Cluny, Newcastle
Aug 16 ArcTanGent Festival

NORTH AMERICAN DATES
Aug 26 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Aug 28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Aug 29 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
Aug 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Aug 31 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place
Sept 01 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Sept 02 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Sept 04 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Sept 05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sept 06 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Sept 07 – Durham, NC @ Motorco
Sept 08 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Sept 09 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
Sept 11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Sept 12 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sept 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Sept 15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Sept 16 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Sept 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Sept 19 – San Fran., CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Sept 21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
Sept 22 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Sept 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Sept 25 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Sept 27 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Sept 30 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

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