FOXTRAX are;Ben Schneid - Guitars, Keys, Organ and VocalsJared Stenz – BassJon Stenz – Drums and Percussion
Long Island New York bred, now LA based indie Alt.Pop upstarts FOXTRAX have been together for a relatively short time, forming as a band in early 2015. From the very start, the band set audacious goals: to Headline the pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival in England and headlining the world famous Madison Square Garden in NYC. In the brief time the band has been together they have made great progress towards those goals - they have grown tremendously, becoming what the Rock NYC Blog calls “confident, on fire and fierce” live performers and what TicketWeb observes “seems like they have been gigging for years – they are tighter than a hipster’s jeans”. Indie Shuffle has proclaimed “FOXTRAX are about to take the Alternative World by storm” with the release of their debut EP “The Cabin”.
The trio is off to a fast start, by any measure: They’ve been named “Ones To Watch” by Live Nation; their EP release show @ New York’s Mercury lounge was a sell-out; and their infectiously catchy debut single “Underwater” is an Alternative “Spotlight” track @ iTunes/Apple Music. “Underwater” will also be featured in July on SiriusXm’s Alt. Nation channel “Advanced Placement” show, which spotlights the hottest new, cutting edge Alternative artists and is known astastemaker in the genre, often breaking new acts before their arrivals on terrestrial radio.
Ben Schneid and brothers Jon and Jared Stenz grew up in Oceanside, NY. They’ve been friends since they played against each other on various teams in Little League baseball, and as they grew older they continued to be close through shared interests, including writing articles for their High School’s “Sider Press” newspaper and participating in model UN Competitions.
The 3 recent college graduates – Ben from Cornell, where he minored in Music; Jon and Jared from Syracuse - began writing music together in earnest after graduation. They wanted a place where they could write and create without distractions, so the band rented a cabin in the woods of North Carolina in early 2015. FOXTRAX spent six weeks writing and recording demos for what would eventually become "The Cabin" EP.
While secluded in nature, the trio would go on long hikes through the woods to gain inspiration for the sonic landscape of the record. While in the woods, the boys would follow the tracks in the snow left by foxes. These tracks would lead them on expeditions to previously unexplored parts of the forest. They soon realized that this could be interpreted as a metaphor for their journey into music and away from a standard profession. In essence, they were just following the “foxtrax” of life which led them on this musical adventure. FOXTRAX became the band’s moniker.
In February of this year, producer/engineer Ben Roulston (Wolf Alice, Florence and the Machine) heard the tracks from
“The Cabin” and after reaching out to the band, Roulston aided the production with a fresh mix. Brian Lucey, (Arctic Monkeys, Cage The Elephant, The Black Keys) also connected with the band’s sound and completed the EP with a professional master.
The band are playing Southern California dates this summer, with an eye towards a larger tour and opening sets for the fall. With their promising start, expectations are that FOXTRAX will blaze a trail through the Alternative Music scene for many years to come.