Today PHOX climbed another rung on the ladder to fame by announcing that they've signed with Partisan Records, the record label Deer Tick, Heartless Bastards and the Dismemberment Plan call home. The local sextet are currently preparing for a series of concerts at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, but their biggest event of 2014 will likely be the release of a self-titled album in June.
The record features the work of music-industry talents from across the country. It was produced by Brian Joseph at April Base near Eau Claire (the studios of Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon) and mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in New York City. PHOX's signature folk-pop sound will be at the fore, but expect to bask in soulful moments and psychedelic effects as well. And there just might be a reference or two to Baraboo, the home of Circus World Museum and the town where the bandmates went to high school.
PHOX will perform songs from the album when they tour with Typhoon later this month, and when they team up with Laura Mvula in April. Performances at the Newport Folk Festival and Sasquatch Fest are also on the horizon. But they're bound to return to the house they share in Madison one of these days.
A contract with concert-booking agency Billions and press from national media outlets such as NPR helped propel PHOX onto the radar of multiple record labels over the last few months. And now the band want to share their success with their admirers. In exchange for signing up for the band's mailing list, fans can get a free downloads of a live EP PHOX recorded at the iTunes Festival in London last fall.