St. Louis, Missouri quintet Foxing have just released, their mesmerising new video for ‘Night Channels’ via Pitchfork. The 11+ minute clip, was written and directed by the band and collaborator, John Komar to exquisitely marry their beautiful music into a captivating, cinematic epic.
It was crafted over a period of seven months, with all band members contributing to elements of the video, be it acting, intro / outro score writing, and dialog recording. The same crew shot the video, that have previously worked on their infamous videos to date, ‘The Medic‘, and ‘Rory‘, taken from their debut album, ‘The Albatross‘.
Josh Coll (bass/vox) explains how the full creation of the video came to be; “I wrote the treatment for “Night Channels” last summer while we were touring Europe. It being my first time their, I took every opportunity I had to go on long walks through each city. I had it in my head that I would write our next video while strolling through some beautiful European street; perhaps over romanticising a preconceived notion of what it means to be a creative abroad. I found myself listening to ‘Night Channels’ on repeat for almost two weeks straight, unable to focus in on a narrative, as well as feeling devoid of all inspiration. As the tour neared it’s end I came to terms with the fact that it may be time to admit defeat and outsource the video to some professional production team; be rid of the stress and labor. I remember distinctly walking through Amsterdam and feeling the city completely rip through me; somewhere between the the neon red smeared across everything and witnessing these strong women expose themselves to stoned tourists, the entire story poured out of me. I sat along the canal and wrote feverishly.
When we got home I worked with our actress/dancer Jess on the routine for several weeks, while simultaneously scouting locations and trying to secure more actors. We shot the video in a three day period with the same small crew we’ve collaborated with on all our videos, as well as three new friends, who flew in from New York to work with us. I spent a month on the road editing it in our tour van after our concerts. When we got home from tour our guitarist and touring sound technician recorded the post-dialog audio in my living room, our other guitarist scored the intro and outro music on his laptop in my bedroom, I put the final touches on the video less than a week ago.
When I wrote “Night Channels” I didn’t foresee it taking almost seven months to complete, but when I look back at it, the fact that every member of the band has a working credit in the video, and the fact that we continue to control our creative work from start to finish, rather than handing it off to others, I am very proud of it.”
The band embark on their first co-headline UK and Europe tour with TTNG this coming April and May, starting in Iceland on April 16th, touring around the mainland, and then hitting UK shores for 5 further dates. Their London show sold out in a few days, and has been upgraded to The Dome in Tufnell Park, which is now also close to selling out along with Glasgow and Manchester. This will be their first tour since the release of their sophomore record, Dealer, which came out October last year via Triple Crown Records.
April 16 – Reykjavik, Iceland @ Húrra *
April 19 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Huset-KBH *
April 20 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Winston
April 21 – Hamburg,Germany @ Hafenklang
April 22 – Berlin, Germany @ Uncle M Fest
April 23 – Munster, Germany @ Uncle M Fest
April 24 – Antwerp, Belgium @ JC Kavka
April 25 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof *
April 27 – Manchester, England @ Sound Control
April 28 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Audio
April 29 – Norwich, England @ Owl Sanctuary
April 30 – London, England @ The Dome
May 01 – Southampton, England @ Joiners