Growing up in scattered small towns across the Canadian prairies, Foxwarren is comprised of singer songwriter Andy Shauf (guitars/keys/vocals) and his childhood friends Dallas Bryson (guitar/vocals) and brothers Darryl Kissick (bass) and Avery Kissick (drums & percussion) who eventually found themselves in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The initial sessions for their self-titled debut – coming out November 30 via ANTI- Records – began ten years ago in the Kissicks’ parents’ farmhouse while they were away on vacation. Upon their return, Foxwarren was forced to relocate and recording resumed back in Regina in a rented house where the members lived as roommates. The band's name comes from the Kissick brothers’ family home in Foxwarren, Manitoba.
Today the four-piece has released its first song “Everything Apart”; the driving krautrock, drum machine backbone of the song evokes a ticking clock – a race against time. “Combined with Andy’s existential lyrics, the song’s propulsive feel reminded us of the noir-ish tension of classic spy thrillers like ‘The Conversation’, ‘Three Days of The Condor’, and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’,” explained the video’s directors, the Ft. Langley Production Company. “With the band’s blessing, we set to work on creating our own micro cold-war thriller, paying homage to era tropes like zoom-heavy camerawork, trench coats, and analogue tech.” Watch it HERE.
As college friends, Foxwarren initially bonded over Pedro the Lion and drew influence from The Band and Paul Simon. Now a decade into the project, Shauf reflects on their debut release: “So much time and effort went into making this album; it's something I think we're all really proud of. My touring and recording schedule got pretty wild over the past three or four years, so it put the Foxwarren album on the backburner. Making the album was such an enjoyable time - the collaboration and frustration of it all. All of us trying to make something better than we previously had. I'm excited to get it out into the world and have other people listen to it. We've been a band for 10 years or so and never properly released an album, so this is special for the four of us.”
Shauf is currently on a fall solo tour and will perform in London tomorrow; dates in Toronto, Brooklyn, Portland and more will follow with a final 2018 show at Seattle’s Columbia City Theater on December 6. All upcoming dates are listed below.
ANDY SHAUF TOUR DATES
11/6 – London, UK – St. Matthias Church
11/8 – Paris, France – Eglise St. Eustache
11/10 – Vich, ES – Foramuralia Festival
11/16 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church
11/17 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church
11/24 – Washington D.C. – The Miracle Theatre
11/25 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
11/26 – Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust
11/27 – Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust
11/29 – Chicago, IL – Constellation
11/30 – Chicago, IL – Constellation
12/2 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
12/3 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
12/4 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
12/5 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
12/6 – Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater