Los Angeles' paisley-minded indie rockers Foxygen had a meteoric rise and spectacular stumble in recent years.
The duo, comprised of childhood pals Jonathan Rado and Sam France, earned adoring acclaim for their breakout third album, 2012's We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, a collection of pop-smart tributes to '60s psychedelia. Then came non-stop touring, press and pressure, which started taking its toll. The band had a disastrous SXSW, fighting with an audience member then walking offstage, and later Rado's girlfriend said Foxygen were on the verge of collapsing under the tension between its two leaders. Soon after, in 2013, Rado released a solo album, Law & Order, but the split never happened. Foxygen endured.
Last weekend, the band—including a crutch-toting France, who suffered a leg injury—played Austin City Limits Festival and chatted with Fuse backstage. The duo dished on reissuing their debut, 2007's Jurrassic Exxplosion Phillipic, recorded when they were 15 years old, and detailed their next album, called Foxygen... & Star Power. Oh, and then the duo exclusively revealed details for their next two albums after that. Busy band, that Foxygen.
"We actually have the next five albums all planned out in our minds," says Rado. "We can't reveal them yet probably... but... I mean, we could..." He looks to France: "Wanna?" They do.
They say the next LP, Foxygen... & Star Power, "will be a crazy double," explains France. "It's really long with a lot of songs."
Then the band's next album, their fifth, is called Hang. "It's Nilsson-y," Rado says, referencing Harry Nilsson, the maverick 1960s/'70s songwriter behind singles like "One," "Without You" and "Everybody's Talkin'." "It's an orchestral album," France adds of Hang.
The subsequent Foxygen album, their sixth, will be called Nightmare Man, says Rado. "It's an '80s album... pretty weird," says France. Adds Rado, "It's a total synth record."
"This is big," Rado says of the reveal. "We're announcing this!"