Song of the Day: The Foxymorons – Out of Control

photo by Stephen Jerkins

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Out of Control” by The Foxymorons from the 2010 self-released album Bible Stories.

The Foxymorons – Out of Control (MP3)

The Foxymorons are a happy power-pop duo out of good old boy Mesquite, Texas, and made up of David Dewese and Jerry James. The band’s history stretches back as far as high school when the two friends first began jamming together. It seems that The Foxymorons are just a couple of guys still making the unpretentious pop-punk of my youth. They’re an interesting case, these two -– beginning as far back as they did (starting up in ’94, their first releases in ‘98 and ’99), David and Jerry have lived through a lot of great pop music while making their own. The end result is a group that has stayed true to their sound while at the same time incorporated a good deal of diversity by way of outside musical influences spanning the last 15+ years. The band’s most recent effort, entitled Bible Stories, clearly finds inspiration in everything from Teenage Fan Club to Pavement to Guided by Voices, but what it reminds me most of is an old favorite of mine from my years in California: J Church. Like so many of Lance Hahn’s (RIP) compositions, today’s Song of the day, “Out of Control,” has a quiet confidence that many will find disarming and familiar. Despite its title and lyrics, “Out of Control” is a reserved be-bopper of a tune that jingle-jangles with coming-of-age John Hughesy (also RIP) positivity. Maybe try listening to it in the shower!?

Unfortunately, neither their MySpace page nor website reveal any information about upcoming shows, but one can always hope. For now, enjoy this bootlegged* video for “Skinny Cow Blues”:

* original video here.

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  1. David Filipelli
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    my wife heard The Foxymorons and found your blog. we are both big J Church fans. there was a tribute show last saturday here in austin with the remaining three members of the austin band doing a bunch of J Church songs. the bassist and comic book great ben snakepit posted a link to demos that were just put on line. further proof of what a great songwriter Lance was. the link is below.

    Ben Snakepit here
    are some demos Lance was working on and never got to finish, I’m
    guessing some of this would’ve been the next J Church album. thanks David Lawrence DiDonato for mastering and uploading these songs.

  2. Andrew Mitchell
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    The Foxymoroms huh? Never heard of them but love the sound of this “Skinny Cow Blues!” The hardest thing about being an avid music listener is sifting through all the garbage to find a gem. Thanks for the post!

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