If you’ve ever seen Foxygen live, you know that their show is usually tension-filled, but their bratty attitudes also seem to just be a part of the performance. However, earlier today, touring member of the band Elizabeth Fey posted a Tumblr screed describing turmoil between the two official members, Sam France and Jonathan Rado. In the post Fey, who is also France’s girlfriend, lays out the story of how the two met and how she ended up playing in the band. On her first encounter with Rado: “IT was strange meeting him and knowing they were supposed to be a ’duo’ but there was no friendship at all, just contracts that needed to be fulfilled.” Fey suggests that the genesis of Rado’s feelings toward her were that she replaced Rado’s girlfriend, who declined to tour to stay in school. She also spills that when the band was in New York, Rado and his girlfriend would not let her and France stay with them because Jackie “had finals.”
Toward the end of the long post, Fey discusses France’s and Rado’s solo endeavors and that she and France plan to start a band on their own:
[Rado] came out with a solo album out of nowhere and didn’t even tell Sam about it. He made such a big deal about Sam releasing his album “Star Power” online a year ago and made him take it down but then he goes and releases a solo album behind his back. He was threatened by Sam and I, saying it was, “The Sam and Lizzie show”. Well we are going to start our own band (not saying it is replacing Foxygen). It sickens to me to see how Sam has been walked all over. He isn’t the type of person to plot out things or think about business, he is just a real musician who is an amazing songwriter. I don’t think he was ready for all the craziness that being a popular band gives you.
After the post went up this morning, word spread that Foxygen had broken up. While it has since been confirmed that this is not true, the band even taking to Twitter to say, “ALWAYS, DEFINITELY, BELIEVE THE INTERNET.” Elsewhere on the Twittersphere, Rado’s girlfriend Jackie responded to New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica’s link to the Tumblr post:
@joncaramanica Hi, this is Jackie, and that is fiction. Does it seem unreasonable to suggest that egocentrism be the food of blog post?
— Mother Hummus (@JackZagg) July 25, 2013
You can read the entirety of Fey’s post here. Some of it is very sad, some of it seems suspect, but it is certainly rife with band drama.
Foxygen’s most recent album We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic came out this year on Jagjaguwar. Rado’s EP Law And Order is out 9/3 via Woodsist.