Draw Down The Moon
Foxing has garnered a reputation as a band that goes big. With each release, the St. Louis-based group has appeared downright determined to top the expansiveness of their previous works. But with three sprawling and well-received records now under their belt, the band had seemingly left themselves little ground to uncover. But remember, this is Foxing. Just when you think you know what to expect, they exceed every expectation.
Enter "Draw Down The Moon", the band's exhilarating new album coming out August 6 from their label, Grand Paradise. Here, they tackle the biggest subject possible: the universe. More specifically, "it’s about the idea of your cosmic significance,” explains frontman Conor Murphy. “The way you feel like a tiny speck in the grand scheme of the universe, that’s a feeling everybody has. You can get lost thinking about how small you are. 'Draw Down The Moon' explores how our connections to people and places and ideas are what binds us to the universe and reality”.
"Draw Down The Moon" came together after working for more than a year at the band's studio in St. Louis, with guitarist Eric Hudson at the helm as producer. From there, the band took them to Georgia, where they holed up for a couple of weeks with members of Manchester Orchestra. Combining the efforts of two bands who are each known for composing such ambitious works might have been a recipe for disaster, but the collaborative process widened the scope of an already bold project.
A huge portion of Foxing's inspiration over the years has been both religion and the lore around role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. But for "Draw Down The Moon", a title derived from Margot Adler's ritual book Drawing Down The Moon, the band has been taking that idea of magic and rituals to an other-worldly and involved level.