FOX 45

You don’t miss the cow until the milk is gone is a saying that came to mind the first time I heard FOX 45. Upon coming in contact with this US band I realized how much I miss L7. But I’m alright knowing that this lot will still my desire. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Pauline: Well, originally the name of the band was paying homage to a strong group of crime fighting women. So I guess that’s the vibe I want to put out there. And I think if anyone understood the reference (and I think they mostly do,) they would pick up that vibration.
Amanda: Right, when we first came up with it I think that’s where my head was at.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
Amanda: I was on the lookout for a new project at the time, and once I started jamming with Vicky and Pauline I felt like we had a good groove. Turns out, we definitely did!
Pauline: Pizza and babes.

What is your definition of the music you play?
Pauline: Stoney, Sabbathy rock and roll
Amanda: It’s all about the groove.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Pauline: We just basically put it in Amanda’s hands in an attempt to make it easier. Each song is a different story. I guess it doesn’t matter how we tell them.
Amanda: That’s actually a funny question for this record. We had an idea of the order we were going to put the songs in, but the available time on each side of an LP had a different idea. I ended up with a spreadsheet full of mathematical formulas with all the song durations, just swapping them around (with a lot of cursing) until I could find a way to make them fit, and put the break in the middle of the record in a spot that would work. Spreadsheets are super rock and roll.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Amanda: When I come up with a riff or some lyrics from scratch, it’s usually because of some feeling I had about something. But more often, my own personal inspiration comes from my reaction to something that someone else in the band is laying down. And the groove.
Pauline: Life. Everyday personal experience. And daydreaming.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Pauline: It’s pretty important. We want our story to be seen as a visual as well.
Amanda: Yeah, I completely agree. We carefully select the artists that we work with to create a certain vibe. For the new album, Harley and J did an amazing job on the cover art. We wanted the cover to portray a kind of darkness, but also be visually engaging.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
Pauline: Of course.
Amanda: If we’re talking about recording, like digital vs. analog, then there’s definitely more you can do digitally, but we still tend to do everything in a pretty analog way. In terms of a digital release vs a physical release, I think the magic of digital is really the accessibility. There’s an instant access to your music for people all over the world, and that’s pretty cool.

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
Amanda: In terms of releasing music in a digital format, I think that the limitation is that you don’t have the same relationship with the record as with something that you can hold in your hand. People will always love to collect physical copies of their favorite records. We chose to release vinyl for this album because we want those people who love the artwork and love records to be able to hold something tangible in their hands. I think it’s a different experience. So we hope that people who listen to the digital album will also want to pick up a CD or LP.
Pauline: There are always limitations. Musical possibilities are forever endless.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Pauline: I think there’s a scene. But we don’t really fit in any of them.
Amanda: I agree, that we don’t exactly fit in any scene, but in a more optimistic way, I think we kind of fit into many. We’ve been lucky to be able to play with all kinds of different bands, different places, and still be received well and have a lot of fun. We play with really super sludgey heavy metal bands, punk bands, and even jam bands from time to time. As long as we’re playing our music and people are enjoying it, we’re happy.

What does the future hold?
Amanda: We’re pumped to be going on our first tour this summer. I think we’re going to be traveling more and more, and I’m really excited about that.
Pauline: More albums. More music. More fun.

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