Photo by Clark Wegner
Foxholes, named for a track off Television’s second album, formed in late August of 2012 through a mixture of pre-existing friendships and well-timed Craigslist ads. The Des Moines, Iowa, five-piece, set to release their self-titled sophomore full-length on May 26, specializes in straight-forward lyrical honesty and a blend of garage-rock and post-punk that pulls in influences like The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., The Strokes and Iggy Pop.
With a seemingly infinite array of guitars and effects pedals buoying a candidly deadpan vocal delivery, Trevor Holt, Jessica Villegas, Ben Barndollar, Kyle Folvag and Craig Bowers have made an album that captures the feeling of being in your mid-twenties in the middle of the United States of America, stuck putting in time at a temp job with no future and struggling to care.
Following the band’s debut full-length, Can’t Help Myself, their sophomore release delivers more hooks and the tracks are more expansive, owing to an additional guitar player as well as the result of giving themselves more time in the studio and coaxing contributions from all of the band members. As Holt explains, “We added another member, but the songwriting is also getting more collaborative. ‘Different Kind of Animal’ is song that Kyle brought in, Craig wrote ‘Ludes’ and ‘34’ was built of a bass riff Jessica had that Ben locked into.”
Today, Ghettoblaster is pleased to offer a listen to the album, which you can enjoy below:
(Visit Foxholes here: http://www.foxholesmusic.com.)