Foxygen have released a video for their track “Avalon”. Foxygen’s Sam France and Jonathan Rado star in the short film as themselves. The video takes us behind the scenes of Rado’s would-be directorial debut. France momentarily thwarts Rado’s dream and takes over direction of the video. They eventually put their differences aside and the viewer is treated to a slideshow of the longtime friends over the years. It’s simultaneously an ode to and send-up of Hollywood, a place the two are no strangers to having grown up in the area and been on studio back lots as extras and late night television performers alike.
Accompanying the “Avalon” video are Hang demos available for download via WeTransfer. The Los Angeles pair have an uncanny knack for pulling together myriad strands of influences to an elaborate, uncompromising vision. The exclusive package offers a glimpse into what would become Foxygen’s first proper studio record. Hang was recorded with the brother rhythm section duo of Brian and Michael D’Addario, also known as the Lemon Twigs, and features Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips on select tracks. Written and produced entirely by Foxygen, Hang was recorded on 2” tape at Electro Vox Studios in Los Angeles.
After a run of dates in North America, Foxygen continue their tour in support of Hang this month across Europe. Every song on Hang features a 40-plus-piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard with additional arranging from Matthew E. White. To help bring Hang to life on the road, Foxygen are traveling with a nine-piece band — consisting of France (vocals), Rado (keys, guitar, backing vocals), Pollard (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Jackie Cohen (backing vocals), Cameron Ralston (bass, backing vocals), Pinson Chanselle (drums), Reginald Chapman (trombone), Rob Quallich (trumpet), and Marcus Tenney (saxophone) — with additional players backing them in select cities.
Thurs, August 17: Port-Grimaud, France @ Plages de Rock
Fri, August 18: St. Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock Festival
Sat, August 19: Peredes De Coura, Portugal @ Peredes De Coura
Mon, August 21: Hamburg, Germany @ Sommer in Altona
Tues, August 22: Budapest, Hungary @ A38 Ship
Thurs, August 24: Moscow, Russia @ Yota Space
Fri, August 25: La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland @ Nox Orae Festival
Sat, August 26: Groningen, Netherlands @ Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival
Thurs, August 31: Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
Fri, September 1: Vlieland, Netherlands @ Great Wide Open Festival
Sat, September 2: Dumfries, Scotland @ Electric Fields Festival
Sun, September 3: Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road Festival
Sat, September 23: Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park Amphitheater [supporting The Shins]
Tues, September 26: Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Wine
Weds, September 27: Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
Thurs, September 28: San Diego, CA @ The Music Box
Fri, September 29: Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre [supporting The Shins]
Fri, October 6: London, UK @ Barbican Theatre for Spacebomb Revue (guests)
Sat, October 7: London, UK @ St. John’s
Sat, November 11: McDade, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival