Foxmoulder sets foot on alien shores

Wendy Rose
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Foxmoulder will be performing three shows in two days in St. John’s. You can see them at The Rose and Thistle on April 12 and Distortion on April 13. — Photo by Chris Zibutis

Foxmoulder is coming to town next weekend, but X-Files fans shouldn’t get their hopes up.

David Duchovny won’t be at the Rose and Thistle, but a four-piece band who use an adaptation of the TV star’s stage name will be.

Foxmoulder consists of vocalist Matthew Cuthbert, guitarist Rohan Lilauwala, bassist Matthew Bambach and Newfoundland native Peter Andrews on drums.

The band formed in Toronto, playing their first show on New Year’s Eve of 2011. Foxmoulder’s original drummer left the band in 2012, giving freshly relocated Andrews the opportunity to join.

Cuthbert had met Andrews when he booked Andrews’ band, Map to Tenemos, on their tour from St. John’s to Toronto. The vocalist has been booking shows in Toronto for more than five years.

After recruiting Andrews as their new percussionist in September 2012, Foxmoulder produced two EPs.

The first was a 7-inch split with Ottawa band Sartre, followed by “Lethe,” which was released in March 2013. The band’s original line-up released its debut EP “Hindsight” in January 2012 on Andrews’ St. John’s-based label, Anteduvia.

The newest EP, which was self-recorded and mixed by Andrews, packs four tracks into six and a half minutes.

Andrews describes it as an “onslaught of blaring guitars, pounding drums and highly emotionally charged vocals.”

On Foxmoulder’s Bandcamp page, the band uses the words punk, emo, hardcore, screamo, hardcore and “emoviolence” to tag its musical sound.

Cramming three shows into two days, St. John’s residents can check out the band at The Rose and Thistle on April 12 and Distortion on April 13.

Foxmoulder will be playing with local acts Bridges, Old Hag and Kick Gut on Friday and Pervert Week, Werewoman and Samesies on Saturday.

An all ages show will take place at a private venue before the Distortion show.

Andrews is excited about the chance to play in his hometown.

For many Newfoundland-based bands, touring off the island is difficult, and these difficulties are the same for bands who want to tour on the island.

“Every tour I’ve done out of

St. John’s means you have to drive 10 hours across the island, then you’re on a ferry for six hours and then you have to drive five hours just to get to Halifax,” Andrews said. “It’s easier to be a band in Toronto, just from a touring perspective. None of our drives on the U.S. tour will be any longer than five hours.”

After their St. John’s dates and a show in Windsor, Ont., Foxmoulder is departing on a two-week U.S. tour.

The band had originally booked tour dates in the U.K., but the driver they had contracted had to pull out.

The members had already booked the time off, so they decided to head south instead with stops in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, ending off the tour with a show in Toronto.

When asked if he was looking forward to any particular show line-up or venue, Andrews was stoked to share the details of the New York show.

“The venue we’re playing in New York is called ABC No Rio, which is a historic New York DIY art space. A lot of really cool things happened there in the late ’90s and early 2000s, so we’re all really excited about that.”

The space is known for its do-it-yourself attitude, helping artists and musicians achieve their goals without having to turn to the help of corporate sponsors.

As much as Andrews loves the Toronto music scene and the thrill of touring, homesickness does occasionally tug at his heart.

“I miss being surrounded by people I know at shows, in some ways. It’s kind of nice to be able to not know everyone at the show, too. There are pros and cons,” he explained, when detailing the differences between the cities’ diverse music scenes.

“But I obviously miss something about it,” he added with a laugh, “because we’re coming back.”

Organizations: The Rose, ABC No Rio

Geographic location: Toronto, Newfoundland, New York Ottawa U.S. Halifax Windsor Michigan Illinois Wisconsin Indiana Ohio, Pennsylvania New Jersey Connecticut

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