PHOX is from Baraboo, WI, which is a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. The seven best friends who make up the ensemble happen to be blessed with madness, illusions of grandeur, and the inability to do the same thing twice. They also play music. Great music at that! We headed down to their sold out London show to catch up with the band before they went on.
How would you describe your sound and what the band is all about for the UK audience who is just getting to know you?
Our sound kinda varies because all of us have such drastically different influences. It’s sometimes difficult for us to agree. It’s a bit of a mish mash, we kinda pull different directions. But I think that definitely creates some interesting stuff and makes our songs flow.
You’ve just sold out your first London show. How are you feeling about the reaction to your first UK gigs?
It’s wild. I think you can trust British people more than you can trust American people. They don’t bullshit you. I mean, I’m a fantastic bullshitter but no-one buys it here. Nobody cares, people are just like, “shut up, be real.” I appreciate that.I wanna be that way.
We played the SXSW. There was one particular show we did which was Minnesotta and Wisconsin. We’re from Wisconsin. So it was showcasing all our regional bands. A bunch of UK labels and people from the UK were at it and it just kind of kicked off from there!
We booked a gig in Norway and that was what got us to come over here.Getting on that bill made this whole trip possible.So we got cheap tickets and we’re here for 2 weeks.
How did you the band come about?
Small town. We’re all from the same small town. We all knew each other growing up adn it was just the rest place at the right time.
What can we expect from the show tonight?
Tom foolery. Harmonies. Tom foolery. We’re most interested in being with the audience than playing at the audience.
So what have you’s been doing since you’ve been in London and what are your plans for the rest of your trip?
Well we’re going to head to Carnival (Notting Hill). Also we’ve been told to go to the Columbia Flower Market. We’ve mostly been trying to not be homeless. Hoping to check out some UK bands when we’re here. We’re doing a couple of festivals so hopefully get to see some there.