Thursday, October 25, 2007

Faux Fox

About a year ago, my girlie Janelle played a bunch of local music for me that I'd never experienced before. I really had no idea that Dallas actually so many decent bands, and many aren't just decent: they're word to yo mama hip.

One of these stand outs is Faux Fox. From the minute I heard "Weekend Warrior" I was smitten with this group that I honestly can only describe as good... really, really good. That, and I'm possibly in love with their taste in album art/promo shots.

I've been dying to interview them ever since, or at least see them play. As the gods of work are always foiling my night life plan, I only recently saw them earlier this month at The Public Trust. It ruled.

I got to speak with the boys for a bit, and found out that they are more Dallas than Denton based these days, which hopefully means I can see 'em play more (since driving my car to Denton is a real crapshoot). Front man George was kind enough to answer some questions for The Sub-Rosa, and so without further adieu, my favorite local band, Faux Fox:

SR: It's very hard to categorize your style of music into one word, but if you had to, what word would you choose and why?

FF: Traditional. Though we use electric instruments and record with contemporary means of technology, we are really tied to the earliest forms of folk music. We use rhythm, melody, and emotion to drive a narrative. Our live performances and artwork add a visual dimension, though we try to keep the narrative ambiguous enough so that the audience has room to dream.

SR: How do you feel about the Dallas/Denton/Ft. Worth artistic community?

FF: We refer to this area, specifically Dallas, as 'Dirt City'. On its surface, it tends to have almost as much culture as a mud pit. However, a place like this, with very little to do, will sometimes cause a person to develop a very fertile imagination.

This area is home to some of the greatest artists in the world. Everyone in the band has some relationship with art here, good and bad, and we're very happy to say that some of these gifted people are very close friends of ours.

SR: Tell me about the video for "Nothing Gold" (the idea, the process, the director, and the release).

FF: On our last tour we played a show in San Francisco that the video's director, Victor Solomon, attended. He contacted us later and asked us if we'd like to do a video and if we had any ideas. We had done some promo pics with Caitlin Kirby in this area south of downtown Dallas where the exteriors for 'Saving Jessica Lynch' were shot.

That set had been constructed to resemble Baghdad during the early part of the war, and it was still mostly intact.
We collaborated on the concept with Victor and then he put all the wheels into motion, flew himself and his cinematographer to Texas, and did a man's job assembling this very elaborate and beautiful production. We had a full cast and crew, stunt men, extras, volunteers, and even catering.

Everyone worked really hard, in a very short amount of time, and out in some very intense Texas summer heat. But, it was Victor who saw the whole project through to completion. It was a great experience and the end result just blew us away. We screened it at the Dallas Museum of Art and now it lives on YouTube.

SR: What bands have you enjoyed playing with?

FF: We've played with so many bands at this point that we're reluctant to make a list. But, the ideal act for us is someone, band or deejay, that brings the energy of the show up to the point that everyone involved is working on a higher level, audience included.

The audience has always been such a big part of it and we really think of it as the fifth member of the band. Also, it's always good to do shows with people you would have gone to see even if you hadn't been on the bill.

SR: During the DOMA (Dallas Observer Music Awards), you received quite a bit of attention in the press, how did this affect you?

FF: There's just more people out there now that love/hate us for being unique/revisionist, sincere/insincere, serious/mocking, entertaining/annoying, and/or proficient/talentless. Actually, all of the above are probably true on some level.

SR: What are your plans for the next year?

FF: Right now we are finishing up our next full-length. It is being produced by Mission Giant and will be released through EXO Records in Australia. While we're very excited about that development, we're also very sad to announce that our bassist, Edward Setina, will be leaving the band for a career in pharmaceuticals.

We had saved up a lot of money for touring, but since Ted's taking off, we've decided to break the piggy bank for a working vacation on the Isle of Silhouette, in Seychelles. We'll be there for the better part of the winter to work on new material and to plan our next move.

SR: If you could play a show anywhere in the universe, where would you play and why?

FF: The Fallout Lounge this Friday for the Hot Flash! party, because there's no place like home....

Come out to the Fallout Lounge to see these guys. I can't. The work gods are on my case... again.

-all photos taken from Faux Fox's myspace page.

Here's that amazing video by Victor Solomon:

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