melody. Searing emotion. Intense reflection. Unbridled joy. It’s
instrumental music, but it’s so much more.
the southeastern corridor of these United States, the Foxhole sextet
has spent the past six years delving ever deeper into the well of
human experience. Yet theirs is no navel-gazing, art-rock foray—rather,
it is a shared calling of expression in its purest form: climbing
heights where words fall short, exploring the rich depths of love,
of loss, and of those things in between.
to other post-rock instrumental bands, Foxhole has aspired to more
quiet-to-loud, layer-upon-layer riffage. No, their music is more
neo-classical than post-rock, more stirring and substantial. After
two self-released EPs, the group released their first full-length
in 2004 via Michigan-based Selah Records (Anathallo, The Last Broadcast).
We the Wintering Tree, an hour-long meditation on death and rebirth,
was released to much acclaim; though missed by most major reviewers,
the CD was praised by numerous indie zines including Bandoppler,
and was listed as a “favorite” by bands such as Anathallo
and Sparta (ex-At The Drive In). A number of tracks made it into
regular rotation on college radio from Atlanta to Alaska, even charting
on CMJ for a time.
mini-album, Push/Pull, was recorded for Philadelphia’s Burnt
Toast Vinyl with a winter release. The cover is a graphic illustration
of a friend’s death at sea, the subject of the first four
songs of Push/Pull. The artwork further develops their expansive,
lustrous soundscapes. Foxhole’s characteristic delayed guitars
and muted trumpets are joined by keys, strings, and familiar sounds
in unfamiliar settings. Aaron Marrs was a high school friend of
both Derek and Greg. Aaron also helped Greg get established with
his career in graphic design. He had done some work designing album
covers and he also directed some music videos. He had been working
on a documentary on Alaskan crab fishermen and was working as a
fisherman on his fatal trip. The songs reflect Aaron's death in
an abstract way. Foxhole began writing "Wake up, Get Dressed,
We're Sinking" with this in mind, trying to make a sound collage
of what would be happening at the time. The songs that follow are
loosely based on that continuing theme, but took on lives of their
own. The titles and themes of these pieces don't directly correspond
to the sinking ship, but the mood and basic structure of the four,
as a whole, is reflective of the event. The fifth song on Push/Pull
was written for the cult phenomenon Wesley Willis. Justin was very
interested in Willis and his whole story around the time that he
died. Willis struck him as a very tragic, very touching figure in
a different way than most. The resulting song is Justin’s
homage to Wesley Willis.
varied careers (artists, entrepreneurs, English teachers, etc.),
the group has played all over the eastern U.S. with such bands as
Anathallo, Danielson, Saxon Shore, Denison Witmer and Unwed Sailor.
Foxhole also went on a short tour in early summer with Jackson,
MS’s Colour Revolt (Esperanza Plantation). They’ve also
been featured on various compilations in the U.S. and Europe.
The album was
self recorded at The Annex, The Sanctuary, and Justin's coffeeshop
in Bowling Green, KY and mixed and mastered by Jason in his Nashville
studio. Early in the year, Foxhole will be starting work early on
their sophomore full-length to be released on Burnt Toast Vinyl.
We the Wintering Tree will also be re-issued on Burnt Toast Vinyl
This is part
of a four instrumental band series where each band was commissioned
to fill an LP side with new music. Burnt Toast Vinyl will be releasing
the four bands together as one double-LP set, but also as individual
cdeps. The series includes Foxhole's Push/Pull, The Magic Lantern's
s/t, Soporus' Atómové Elektrárne, and Questions
in Dialect's The Ghost Wishes to Speak.