On the radar: Jesus H Foxx

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Following on from the recent theme of great bands with baffling names, Jesus H Foxx are certainly a band who merit attention.

Having recently signed to Song, by Toad records in Edinburgh, the post punk outfit can claim with confidence, in the face of a global downturn, that their stock is very much on the rise.

Playing as part of The Bowery's Oxjam contribution this Friday (23rd), the Foxx will be joined by UtR tipped Occasional Flickers, local indie survivors Y'All is Fantasy Island and the prodigiously talented and completely unavoidable Meursault in what promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.

As well as a mouth-watering line-up, the venue itself is a huge part of the appeal for bands. "We're really passionate about that place," says Foxx frontman Michael Hunter. "I think it's far and away the best venue in the city. It has a really singular and perfectly realised aesthetic, it's truly independent, and it's just a wonderful place to hang out. We've played a lot there this year, and it's really had an impact on our sound. We've learned the value of space and reverb, of playing with the acoustics of the venue."

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The last Oxjam fundraiser the band played was a March gig at The Bowery, in conjunction with Ten Tracks. Hunter describes this gig as pivotal to the band's current success, as it was the first show played in their current seven-piece format and is largely credited as the gig which brought them to the attention of Song, by Toad's Matthew Young, who had already snapped up Meursault.

"Working with Matthew has been a mixture of fun, opportunity and gin headaches, all of which have been of great help to us. He's managing to get our stuff out to a much wider audience, which we are very thankful for", adds Hunter.

What though of the name Jesus H Foxx? Hunter explains all: "'Jesus f**king fox' is a little known expression for surprise or incomprehension I think I heard in Boston. The 'H' comes from the Blues Brothers film. The second X in "Foxx" was a typo. An aesthetically pleasing typo".

So there. Glad we solved that one for you. Be baffled no longer.

Jesus H Foxx's EP is now available from Song, by Toad.

They also play the Electric Circus in Edinburgh with Good Shoes and Copy Haho on the 26th of November, then they support We Were Promised Jetpacks at King Tut's in Glasgow on the 29th of November.