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INTERVIEW: Phoxjaw

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been great, very busy but stoked to release what we’ve been working so hard on.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Triceratops”?

It’s a riff heavy track with the contrast of the psychy verses, it’s representative of the early stages of Phoxjaw and the one of the first tracks we actually wrote as a band. Already it has received some great feedback and really sets the mood for the rest of the EP.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Not particularly, we just wanted a hugely devastating riff that made you turn to your mate at the show and crumple your face up. Lyrically it is very open to interpretation; it meant something at the time of its conception but as it has gone on the narrative has faded.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a really beautiful church to film in. We worked with James Harris on the video and we very much trust him with representing us visually. There is a certain stamp on the video and all the videos we’ve released so far that makes it “Phoxjaw” and it is representative of us at this point in time.

The single comes off your new album Goodbye Dinosaur… – what’s the story behind the title?

Closing a chapter that we’ve had open for a while which themes itself around dinosaurs. A big sound requires a big animal, it’s been a metaphor we’ve used for a while and now we are making it extinct.

How was the recording and writing process?

These were all older songs that we wrote in the early days of the band that we feel needed to be recorded now or they may not fit into later releases. We recorded at Stage 2 Studios where our guitarist Josh is the Engineer. Self producing the EP really allowed us to be creative with it and we treat it as a separate entity to the live versions.

How has Steven Wilson and A Perfect Circle influences your writing?

As much as we can respect the work of those guys, not at all. We are more into The Mars Volta, Mastodon & Pink Floyd as our influences when referring to prog.

What role does Bristol play in your music?

We’ve all grown up here, and we’d be lying if we said that didn’t effect the music we make. Bristol has a great scene for music that we feel deeply involved in, and are proud to be involved in. Our band ethos is that we are just 5 guys from Bristol and we’re not pretending to be too cool for school.

What aspect of hope did you get to explore on this record?

No hope here, just despair. I do ‘hope’ this EP is received well, but if not, we’re still proud of it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah we have a run of UK dates in March we will be promoting the new EP on, then onto  festivals over the summer, gonna be a busy year for us 5!

What else is happening next in Phoxjaw’s world?

Planning to release a lot more of our music, we aim to have a few split EPs out by the end of the year, followed by another release at the start of next year if all goes to plan. That and a lot more shows and music videos.

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