Foxygen is an American indie rock duo originally formed in Westlake Village, California, in 2005 by Jonathan Rado and Sam France.http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/foxygen-and-star-power-20141021 Hyden, Steven (July 23, 2012). "Review: Take The Kids Off Broadway". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
Rado and France started the band in high school when both were fifteen. After their formation in 2005, the band played wildly experimental music, which featured many influences from 60s psychedelia and avant-garde. They self-released many EPs between 2007 and 2011, only a few of which are still available. In early 2011, they were 'discovered' by famed producer Richard Swift after handing him their Take the Kids Off Broadway EP at a Mynabird's show in New York. The EP was also self-released at some point in mid-2011. The group were later signed on to Jagjaguwar Records and their first studio album, Take the Kids Off Broadway, was released by Jagjaguwar on July 24, 2012.
On January 22, 2013, Jagjaguwar released Foxygen's second album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. This album was produced by Richard Swift and recorded at his National Freedom studio earlier this year. The record was preceded by the single "Shuggie," released on October 4, 2012. In March 2013, Foxygen was named one of Fuse TV's 30 must-see artists at SXSW. Rado was among the contributors to The Flaming Lips' "The Time Has Come To Shoot You Down…What A Sound," a reworking of the Stone Roses debut album.
Sam France, Jonathan Rado, Shaun Fleming, and Justin Nijssen have all reported independent recording projects.
The band has recently gained a reputation for its unhinged live shows and maniacal behavior of lead singer France, whose antics include hitting himself in the face with a microphone, climbing stage equipment, accosting hecklers and speaking in non sequiturs. On Monday, July 29, 2013, at 10:36 PM CST, during a performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis, vocalist Sam France fell off the stage during the first song of the show, only to appear some time later being carted off by EMS, where he was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.
In July 2014, Foxygen announced that their third record, ...And Star Power, would be released on October 14, 2014 by Jagjaguwar. Along with the album announcement came tour dates and the album's first single, "How Can You Really."Thomas, Fred. "Review: Take The Kids Off Broadway". allmusic. Retrieved August 14, 2012. Fitzmaurice, Larry (October 4, 2012). Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 15, 2012. "30 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2013 - Photos - South by Southwest - Festivals". Fuse. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-04-26. The Future Heart "“The Stone Roses” Remake Confirmed for Black Friday – Tracklist, Photos, Videos"
LineupSam France - Lead vocals, guitar, piano, hornsJonathan Rado - Guitar, keyboards, piano, drums, bass guitar, background vocalsShaun Fleming - Drums, background vocalsJustin Nijssen - Bass guitar, background vocals
The Entertainment Weekly staff wrote, "We just can't stop playing the scruffy psych-rock duo's Rolling Stones-obsessed album with the appropriately exuberant title We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic." In January 2013, Pitchfork Media cited Foxygen under "Best New Music" in their review of the new album.
Their 2014 album, the Todd Rundgren-influenced ...And Star Power received decidedly mixed reviews. While Paste praised it as "...indulgent, unhinged, sprawling, funny and sometimes spookily great," and Slant Magazine called it a "dense and rewarding listen," other critics like Hal Horowitz at American Songwriter called it "...an occasionally interesting failed experiment.""The Must List: The Top 10 Things We Love This Week". Entertainment Weekly (New York: Time Inc.): 12. February 22, 2013. Greene, Jayson (2013-01-22). "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-04-26.