Nashville power-trio The Foxies recently announced the September 23 release of their debut LP, Who Are You Now, Who Were You Then?. The band is also thrilled to share the third single from the album and its accompanying video, “Overrated,” which examines the emptiness of seeking viral fame. The undeniably catchy new song follows on the heels of the already-released, euphoric “Headsweat” and cinematic “If Life Were a Movie.” Their full-length debut is the sound of a band boldly embracing their wildest and most unpredictable impulses.
Speaking on “Overrated,” the band reflected on the song’s themes: “This whole ‘social media thing’ is a tricky one because on one hand, it’s so important to the arts and entertainment industry, but it seems poisonous to actual art… We didn’t become musicians to be relevant, we became musicians because we love music and we love making stuff. The necessity of the social media/internet presence is enough to suck your soul if you go deep enough into it. During the heat of the pandemic, it really rocked our mental health because we weren’t able to actually be onstage and share our music, so all of our energy went into what we were posting online. It felt contrived and meaningless.”
They continued: “This song is an admittedly cynical look, but we believe it one hundred percent. This world we’ve created that revolves around your prowess online is a really easy way to be a flash in the pan, to get too much of a good thing. It’s like a cake with too much sugar. It’s TOO sweet. In a matter of days or weeks, you go from being an instant success or an exciting new toy, to being obsolete and overrated. Explosions, by nature, are loud and bright and quick. Even though that sounds fun and cool, we’re looking for something that’s going to last.”
In a thrilling new chapter for The Foxies, the band expanded on the dizzy abandon of their acclaimed 2020 EP Growing Up Is Dead, harnessing the explosive freedom of punk while endlessly turning out pop-perfect hooks. An up-close look at self-discovery in a chaotic world, Who Are You Now, Who Were You Then? ultimately matches its visceral impact with bluntly poetic yet heartfelt lyrics—the type of irreverent truth-telling sure to inspire countless tattoos and recklessly scrawled bedroom graffiti.
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