An upcoming release from Fox Medicine comes through as an edgy and slightly haunting and dark grunge and alt-rock powerhouse that's riddled with pop from beginning to end and it creates an atmosphere that feels creepily addicting.
The Doom Candy album hits a multitude of gritty Rock sweet spots with a massive character and tonality that shines through both instrumentally and vocally alike.
This Record is built with aggressive riffs and vast soundscapes that hit hard but are able to paint these vivid and colorful pictures and in doing so the whole thing takes you to a different place all together.
The female fronted outfit has an explosive songwriting approach that comes with an energy that feels like everyone in the band is feeding off of each other.
This gives it a sort of live performance undertone that just makes you want to go see them play because the energy must be face melting.
To be able to capture this kind of delivery you have to have a certain Swagger if you will.
There's an attitude that's got to be displayed and captured and it's done so well here that it feels like you just watched a horror movie that has a love interest story in it.
It's such a cool combination of sweet and sour and it packs a bit of a sucker punch to the gut because there's a lot of outstanding stuff that happens when you least expect it.
It's like a form of doom rock that is lined with a rainbow-colored tonality hence the title Doom Candy of course.
This band clearly has an absolute love for their craft because you can hear how much amazing heart and energy goes into these tracks and how they want that performance to be just right.
The vocalist sounds great when she doubles her vocals because it adds a little bit extra eeriness to her but even though it's got that feel, she also has this amazing allure that draws you in.
For people that are fans of bands like Red Knife Lottery or Made Out of Babies, you'll definitely fall for these guys from the get-go.
For people that like the Yeah Yeah Yeah's for example, you'd also love this kind of stuff because it's got a bit more of an in-your-face style and approach to it that becomes incredibly addicting and the way that they let loose and tear it up the way they want to, is just refreshing and satiating.
This album has tons to offer and is as fun as it is hardcore.
With the release of this record, we wanted to have a sit down with Fox Medicine to find out where this actually came from and what might be coming up next for them.
Here's what went down.
Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with the Doom Candy mini-album! This record was vast and progressive with pop elements that were edgy but colorful! How did this album come about?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: Our first studio album was constantly described as weird; in a way I guess we just wanted to be vague and mysterious. This album we wrote entirely on tour or between tours and I wanted to be more specific in topic and vibe and give people something to headbang to.
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you guys as a band?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: We initially met in Chicago at a Melvins show and started jamming soon after. It was me on drums and Vanny on keyboards and bass. That was fun, but my need to be the main songwriter was much stronger and we eventually swapped and Vanny turned out to be an amazing drummer and I am most comfortable on guitar. Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: Everyday life and my imagination. Just imagining what certain concepts would sound like. I like to write songs about weird shit that's atypical . Like getting out of debt for example, I think that was the first FOX MEDICINE song ever written, and then also just weird worlds, more exciting worlds or even real events . The song Penny Truxx is about a creepy old stalker dude that was watching me all day at the skatepark. Strangers came up to me and said do you know that guy ? It was giving THEM the creeps . I started crying because I had no cell phone reception and couldn’t call a Lyft to get home but then a sweet lady offered to drive me home. I wrote that song as an instrumental first, but then it reminded me of that experience, so the lyrics just came naturally. Buzz Slayers: This album has some great styles combinations on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: What you are hearing is our own genre BUBBLEGUM DOOM. We came up with that after we realized we didn't fit in anywhere else. We love industrial, metal, doom, noise rock, no wave, all types of weird stuff, but couldn't commit to going for something already established. I'm a huge fan of heavy music but I also like to sing along to The Cure and Depeche Mode, you know what I mean? I want to have all the fun. It also just really fits the vibe and sound we created. My deepest influences though are Sonic Youth, The Melvins and James Brown. Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: We roller skate and work on our house. I'm a surgical nurse a few days of the week. Vanny works in the beer industry.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: I don't have any kind of music listening device so usually it's vinyl at home when I'm working on projects. Right now it's Lana Del Rey, Dream Unended and The Hu. Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: Yeah, we got shows booked into the summer. It's all in sections. Part one in Southern Oregon, NorCal, and the Bay Area, then part two is SoCal and part three is eastern and coastal Oregon. Here are some dates, with more still being added. 4/16 PORTLAND, OR @ MUSIC MILLENNIUM 4/20 GRANTS PASS, OR @ THE HAUL 4/21 ARCATA, CA @ ARCATA VETERANS HALL 4/22 SANTA ROSA, CA @ SHADY OAKS 4/23 SAN FRANCISCO , CA @ NOISE RECORDS 1pm 4/23 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ BLONDIES BAR 4/28 PORTLAND, OR @ COFFIN CLUB 5/5 OLYMPIA, WA @ LANTERN RECORDS 6 PM 5/5 OLYMPIA, WA @ MCCOYS 5/13 VANCOUVER, WA @ THE DOWNTOWN ALLEY FLEA MARKET 2:30-4pm 5/26 LOS ANGELES, CA @ THE LOT 5/27 LOS ANGELES, CA @ REDWOOD BAR 5/29 DESERT HOT SPRINGS @ MAS MO BETTER SKATE SHOP 6/9 EUGENE, OR @RIVAL SKATE SHOP 6/10 ASHLAND, OR @ LOCAL 31 6/16 NEWPORT, OR @ PRIMAL TONES
Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: Oh, that's a fun story. We were playing in LA on tour last year and a tall mysterious dude walked up to us after our set, saying he was so blown away and offered to record us at his fancy studio. Usually that sounds too bizarre to be true, but we had a good feeling about Jeff, and he came through for us. We went back to LA and recorded at his amazing studio for free!!!! We only had two days, but the mini album was born and here we are hello DOOM CANDY!!! He also mixed it for us and was so incredible and nice, we feel super grateful and lucky to have met him.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: Every album gets better and more incredible than the last . Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
NEEZY DYNAMITE: A lot of our fans are actually amazing artists themselves; badass people and misfits like us. It feels like having family in every town.
We love you and you inspire us!!!! <3