• Phoxjaw
  • 2018-03-04

Bristol-based noise makers Phoxjaw release their debut EP Goodbye Dinosaur… on Friday, March 23rd. We spoke to the band about their music and hopes for the EP.

Like a big hairy cool dude, who is quite emotional after a few drinks.

First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what first got you into music?
For me (Josh) and Kieran, drums were always set up in the house as our Dad was a drummer and also our granddad so it was almost inbuilt. Danny and Glenn similarly started in school and were in bands together. Huw was a little different as he didn’t get into playing music until around 16.

Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
Bands like Biffy Clyro, Deftones and Queens Of The Stone Age have influenced us greatly and really helped shape our band, but as the band goes on we seem to draw influence from a wider range of artists.

What brought you together?
Josh and Kieran are brothers and have been playing music together ever since we could play music, and Danny and Glenn played in previous bands together. So when our old bands disbanded we decided to work on a new project together. Huw Allen was added after when we wanted to expand the sound and he really fit the dynamic.

Why the name Phoxjaw?
Danny was raised by foxes in the wild, he doesn’t talk about it much, he still occasionally eats out of bins on tour.

How would you describe your style?
Like a big hairy cool dude, who is quite emotional after a few drinks.

Tell us about your new single ‘Triceratops’. What’s it about?
It’s a real contrast of light and dark, musically going from one extreme to another. It’s kinda free to interpretation lyrically, just presenting interesting metaphors.

When did you write it and where did you record it?
The song was written about a year and a half ago and we’ve chipped away at it over that time, slowly improving as we played it more live. It was recorded at Stage 2 Studios by Josh, where we’ve recorded all our music thus far, we’ve been lucky to have a place we can spend a lot of time crafting our sound.

How does it build on your previous releases?
I feel lyrically the EP has progressed, I think people will be able to connect with it a lot more. As for musically it’s the classic answer but the softer parts are softer and the heavy parts are heavier. I feel it’s more of a dynamic set of songs, I think people are gonna dig it.

‘Triceratops’ is taken from your EP Goodbye Dinosaur…. How does the EP represent your music?
I feel the EP is the next logical step in our band, we’ve had most of these songs for a long while and if they weren’t gonna come out on this release they may not have at all. We tend to work pretty fast with writing music to keep it interesting for us, this will be the heavier side of our band, and what ever comes next will most likely contrast this.

What are your hopes for Goodbye Dinosaur…?
I think it’ll give fans already a better understanding of the band and what we are about. Hopefully also bringing with it lots of new people who may not have heard us before.

When and where can we expect to see you live next?
We will be playing a run of dates at the end of March confirmed so far are:

Tuesday, March 27th - Green Door Store, Brighton
Wednesday, March 28th - EP Launch at Rough Trade, Bristol
Thursday, March 30th - Your City Festival - Stoke On Trent
Friday, March 31st - The Vic, Swindon

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I think someone that people wouldn’t necessarily think we’d collaborate with, someone who would bring a totally different and fresh idea to table. Someone like Die Antwoord, Death Grips or Sophie would be really cool.

Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Don’t worry about following any trends in music because they all shift so fast these days, just make music you believe in and are fully behind and people will get into it.

Listen to ‘Triceratops’ on Bandcamp below. For news and tour dates follow the Phoxjaw Faceook page.

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