Phoxjaw take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists on the scene. This time it is the turn of Phoxjaw to take on the mammoth interview.

A song that made you want to make music?

AC/DC – ‘If You Want Blood You Got It

I saw Bon Scott on YouTube and that was it. I had been listening to Slipknot and Johnny Cash a lot, but I feel that this was the time the switch happened in my brain.

Best rider you have had?

We request a framed picture of Christopher Lee at our shows. As our Father, we feel his grace provides us with the strength and comfort to perform the shows we need to put on. Shout out to Kingsfest – that was a handsome young Christoper Lee.

Craziest moment in the band?

We were driving back from a show once down dark country roads, and in the middle of the road there was a big old suitcase. Looked like a chest of some kind. And inside was many pictures of Darth Maul. We still never found out who it belonged to…

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

The Curse of the Buttonman‘ has a deep theme lyrically throughout and comes from a place of pain. Make what you will with it.

Easiest song you wrote?

They’ve all been pretty challenging vocally and a lot of time goes into the sound, but I’d say ‘Dinosaur Bones’ off ‘Goodbye Dinosaur…

Favourite song in your set?

Changes all the time but right now it’s ‘Whale,Whale,Whale’. This track turns us primitive.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Philip Schofield. We would mic his head up and peel a few oranges above his head to squeeze each segment onto his lovely silver hair and then rub our hands between his tamed locks to get a nice tone.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Coming home from tour and missing it.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Josh our guitarist isn’t actually human – he is a bionic being who requires nuts and berries to fuel him.

Jokes you have in the band?

Lovely not offensive nice kind jokes.

Key to writing a song?

Find inspiration. For me it’s travelling and putting myself in situations to experience and learn. Write what you feel and don’t try to be anybody else.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Weston Super Mare

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Black Peaks blow us away with their focus. Watching them every night was mind blowing.

New band you’d recommend?

Raketkanon, Full of Hell, Big Business. Lots of good releases coming out.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Ye I think we’d work well with the Belgian Raketkanon. They’re band that put a lot into their sound.

Place you’d most like to tour?

Southeast Asia.

Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Live life and laugh.

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?

The title was given by our new guitarist, the Ontario-born Alexander Share as we crossed a sad structure left behind in time. It was the perfect title to reflect the songs

See us live at?

2000trees, Behave Festival, Burn It Down.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

We love both modern and old. We love all the 60s/70s stuff and the tone of vintage amps and tape recordings, but we also love the opportunities of modern production. We want to merge these themes and make something new that sounds old but also a bit new.

Unusual merchandise?

We got a hot sauce coming soon. A pallet for sad adults.

Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?

Collaboration is something we want. We wanna work with the artists we love.

What do your fans mean to you?

Everything. Without them we couldn’t do this and for that we are so thankful.

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band injuries?

Nothing yet luckily.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Probably me or Alex we sometimes forget where we are.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Tiger. Lynx. Mountain lion. Snow leopard.


Elizabeth Birt

July 3, 2019

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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