Exposure: Jesus H Foxx
Jesus H Foxx - I'm Half The Man You Were
Jesus H. Foxx is not the likeliest name for an Edinburgh-based indie 6-piece; it'd perhaps be better suited to the Latin American uncle of someone from CSS. That new rave double 'x' is somewhat misleading however. Jesus H. Foxx's real musical sensibilities are firmly fixed on North American post-punk and alternative rock. They cite the likes of Talking Heads, Yo La Tengo, Wilco and R.E.M. (in the early years) as influences, and the sound of Pavement, especially, echoes through on their latest songs, which are pleasantly tuneful, laconically delivered and slightly mischievous. Guitarist Michael Hunter explains more about the band.
How did Jesus H. Foxx come together?
We formed in the summer of 2007. There were four of us initially (there are six in the band now). We'd all been friends for a long time and had been in different bands before Jesus H. Foxx. I was in a band called Sweetheart. We still play a couple of songs from those days.
How would you sum up your sound?
Well, it's a pretty complicated mixture of influences. We like Talking Heads, Pavement, Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Arthur Russell... a lot of American bands, although we're quite happy being an Edinburgh band. My friends sometimes criticise me for my taste, "Why don't you like any UK bands?"
It's interesting that you list Arthur Russell.
Yeah, not that it's that obvious in our music. Arthur Russell was an amazing musician though. He had this wonderful eccentricity. He used to spend all his time in his apartment, creating music, a lot of which nobody ever got to hear. We really like his arrangements, which are all very minimal; we like the idea of trying to get rid of waste. That might sound pretty strange for a band with three guitarists.
Your first single 'Tightt Ideas' was released last year on the Broken Friends label. You seem to have a thing for deliberate misspellings.
Yeah, there's no real agenda behind that unfortunately. Foxx (with a double 'x') is just an in-joke that our old bass player came up with. I think he thought that Foxx looked better than Fox. I wonder how far that extra 'x' has got us over the years?
What are you working on at the moment?
We're working on a new EP, which will be released on 6th April on Broken Friends again. We're recording it at the moment, mostly at the Depot Studios in Granton, Edinburgh, but we're also using the Bowery bar in Edinburgh when it's closed. It's almost like a church space in there, which gives those recordings a really different sound. Coming up we've got a couple of gigs in February supporting Crystal Stilts on the Scottish leg of their tour. We'll be doing a short tour when the E.P. comes out including a support slot with Esser at King Tuts on April 17.
Jesus H. Foxx are playing at the Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh on Jan 22 and Jan 28