Can you talk to us more about your new single “Underwater” – Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
“Underwater” is a song about uncertainty. We think it is more reflective of a general anxiety that spawns from not knowing what the future has in store.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes. We were lucky enough to shoot an incredible video in the desert Directed by Ivanna Smyrnova. Look out for a premier on Vevo on August 1st
The single comes off your new EP The Cabin – what’s the story behind the title?
When the band formed we knew that we wanted to isolate ourselves like some of our heroes had done (i.e. The Band and Bon Iver) so that we could focus on making great music. We lived in a Cabin in North Carolina for about six weeks, Hence the title “The Cabin”.
How was the recording and writing process for The Cabin?
It was an extremely organic process that happened over the 6 weeks we spent in North Carolina. Time seemed to not matter so we played music when we felt inspired. When we weren’t playing music we would play chess or walk around outside to keep everything fresh. We ended up spending the last week recording some demos, which became sort of our own little pre production. We recorded the record at Vinegar Hill Sound in Brooklyn over the course of 3 days. There was basically no spare time to think at all. We had one shot at a lot of the subtleties that you hear on the record and we think that really added to some of the magic of the record.
What was it like to work with Ben Roulston and how did that relationship develop?
We had got introduced to Ben Roulston after “The Cabin” had been initially recorded. He had heard our first attempt and thought it had tremendous potential but needed a couple odds and ends things to really make it shine. Roulston eventually showed us his interpretation of “Go it Alone” and we loved his direction and encouraged him to follow that instinct with the rest of the record.
How much influence did he have on the EP?
Since we met Ben after we had already written and recorded the songs, he influenced more of the texture of the record. Ben really gave the EP its modern feel with the way he produced the drums and the vocals.
How much did the environment you recorded in, influence The Cabin’s sound?
The ecology surrounding the cabin we lived in heavily influenced our sonic choices with regard to vocal production and guitar tone. The natural reverberation of the hills and mountains were so beautiful. We really wanted to capture that organic delay and reverb on the record.
Does New York play a role in your music?
Absolutely. We feel a real connection to the lineage of the New York Music Scene as we started out playing venues like The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, Arlenes Grocery, etc. These are places where the strokes first played and became big. The Bitter End is where Bob Dylan started his career. I think we are really inspired by the history of all of those places and we have taken that with us to California.
Any plans to hit the road – upcoming tour dates?
We are looking forward to playing a handful of opening dates with Barns Courtney this Fall. We will be heading up to San Francisco with him and playing the Troubadour in LA on September 8th! We can’t wait for that.
What else is happening next in Foxtrax’s world – anything else you would like to share?
We have just started spinning on Sirius XM The Spectrum and Alt Nation. We are so honored and excited about that opportunity and we encourage people to listen in!! Be sure to tweet @altregan and let him know you are digging the tunes!