BLOXX Party: Q&A with Fee Booth
A bucket full of Indie Pop and frank outlook through song, Uxbridge quartet Bloxx is a name cropping up more and more, especially after sprightly Spring track Everything I've Ever Learned claimed its premiere on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show before she left for pastures new. Cathartic, confessional and empathetic, areas of weight for the band are traversed: LGBTQ+, identity, relationship woes and mental health issues are voiced amongst other life slices. I hear from band member Fee Booth in a rapid Q&A.
What significant shift, if any, has occurred in the band since the debut album Lie Out Loud in August 2020?
We have had a weird two years, just like everyone else! It’s officially been a year since Lie Out Loud came out, so that’s fun! We’re all very different since lockdown, I think. In ways, we’ve grown. I’ve had a rough year, but it’s getting better with everywhere opening back up.
Where do your famed, infectious melodies spring from for your composing? Is there a source of motivation?
I love messing around with pop melodies on guitar music. It’s fun. Genre-bending. I think a lot of them up in supermarkets and just during daily mundane tasks and then record them onto my voice notes.
Know for bearing all, hearts on sleeves, is BLOXX music therapy for the band, to aid others, or a pinch of both?
It’s both, I think. I write now about things that affect me and things I feel. I hope that someone else out there feels the same. The new stuff is much more intrinsically me.
Was the single Power Pop nugget Everything I've Ever Learned written as a reflection of the last few years or specifically during Lockdown? How did the band transmit artistic ideas with each other during that time?
I wrote that song during the first Lockdown as I had no idea what was going on in my life at all. Firing ideas over to producers and bandmates is always fun to get their opinions. That song saved me for a long time; we have a really deep connection to that song as a band.
Can you recall a BLOXX song that stokes emotive memories?
I think it may be Emily as it details a really shit time in my life and addiction. Sometimes it’s better to poke fun at your problems before you can solve them.
The video screams of Pop Punk and retro Busted/Mcfly energy! What was the intention? Was it set in the college that you attended?
Yes, it was set in the very college we went to and the exact same classroom that we sometimes used. It was what felt right to me at the time, and we made it work. I wanted it to feel like life is something you work out by yourself, not in the education system.
Is there anywhere on the Autumn tour that you haven't visited, and are keen to uncover its delights?
We’ve actually been to all of these cities before, and we love all of them, so we can’t wait to be back! Especially looking forward to Scottish shows again!
Catch BLOXX at a town near you...
20 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
21 - Academy, Manchester
24 - Stereo, Glasgow
25 - The Mash House, Edinburgh
27 - The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
28 - Thekla, Bristol
30 - The Loft, Southampton
31 - The Bullingdon, Oxford
02 - Heaven, London
Article by Beverley Knight