THE FOXIES: CONCERT REVIEW (NASHVILLE, TN)

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Photography: Dillon Jordan Photos / @brightsidedillon

FROM THE TOP OF THE SET TO THE LAST BREATH, THE FOXIES BRING AN UNDENIABLE ENERGY. THERE IS A CLEAR SENSE OF IMMENSE LOYALTY TO MUSIC AS A CRAFT, CURATED INTENTIONALLY BY EACH MEMBER OF THE TRIO. IN EVERY NOTE, AUDIENCES CAN IDENTIFY WITH THE PUNK, ROCK, AND POP NOSTALGIA THAT BLENDS EFFORTLESSLY FOR THE DURATION OF THE SETLIST. THE FOXIES’ AURA MAKES VULNERABILITY ATTRACTIVE IN ITS REFLECTION OF HUMAN ANGST AND EMOTION.

JULIA LAUREN’S INSANE VOCALS BRING THE LYRICS TO LIFE, COMBINING TECHNICAL SKILL WITH AN UNENDING PASSION THAT RINGS THROUGH THE MICROPHONE. HER STAGE PRESENCE SURPASSES THE EXPECTED AND IT IS HER CONTAGIOUS ENERGY THAT COURSES LIKE A ROCKET THROUGH THE VENUE. THE FOXIES ARE PUNK WITH A TOUCH OF INSIDIOUS ROCK, LAYERED BY IRRATIONALLY DYSFUNCTIONAL MELODIES THAT GRIP ONTO THE SOUL OF THE LISTENER. EVEN THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK, STANDING QUIETLY BY THE STAIRS, ARE MOVED BY THE BEAUTIFULLY WILD ATMOSPHERE. 

THERE IS AN INCREDIBLE LACK OF EGO THAT SETS THIS BAND APART. INSTRUMENTALISTS ROB BODLEY AND JAKE OHLBAUM ROCK OUT WITH AN AIR OF CONFIDENCE THAT SIMULTANEOUSLY WELCOMES THE CROWD TO THE AMBIENCE OF PINING PUNK. AT A FOXIES CONCERT, IT’S EASY TO FIND A INDEPENDENT PARTNER IN THE SOUND. THE CONSISTENT EFFORT TO GIVE EVERYTHING THEY HAVE FOR EACH MOMENT GIVES WAY TO A GRACEFULNESS BEYOND THE CHAOS. THE FOXIES WERE BORN TO PERFORM. 

AN OPEN INVITATION TO BE A PART OF THE “FOXIES FAMILY” IS EVIDENT WHEN THE FOXIES ARE ON STAGE. IT IS A SEEMINGLY REMINISCENT FEELING OF THE FREEDOM ONE HAS WHEN DANCING ALONE IN THEIR ROOM. THERE IS NO JUDGEMENT AND UNADULTERATED EMOTION. THERE IS A REASON FOR THE MOVEMENT. IT PURELY FEELS.