Following recent releases 'Picture Perfect' and 'Away From Me' featuring Kellin Quinn, melodic rock band Foxera have today shared an emotional new single, 'Way Out', produced by Taylor Larson with vocal production by Courtney Ballard and engineering by Pete Adams.
"'Way Out' expresses the inner and outer dialogue one experiences upon realising that they are in a toxic relationship," the band shares on their latest track. "The conflicting emotions we face when going through the motions are taxing, even when we know it’s best to move on.”
Earlier this summer, Foxera announced the addition of new permanent vocalist Michael Swank, previously of Myka, Relocate. Swank made his debut with the band on 'Picture Perfect' and follow up 'Away From Me', singles which collectively have been featured on Metal Insider, Outburn Magazine, idobi Radio, Loudwire’s Weekly Wire playlist, AntiMusic, and more.
The melodic rock quartet’s origins trace back to Phoenix, Arizona, where brothers Erick Cuellar (guitar) and Michael Cuellar (drums) began writing music with Julian Witt (guitar), striking on an explosive blend of technical post-hardcore with bright, catchy hooks. In 2018 they released their debut single 'Memories' which features swirling guitar leads, punchy drums and piercing, evocative vocals from guest singer Tilian of Dance Gavin Dance.
'Memories' earned more than half a million Spotify streams and 36,000 YouTube views, establishing Foxera as a band to watch, but the musical trio still needed to find a full-time vocalist. The band members embarked on an extensive lead singer search, sifting through more than two hundred vocal auditions after posting on social media and Craigslist.
The audition process proved fruitless, and after a year of searching, Foxera still hadn’t found their singer. Then, one day in late 2019, they saw an innocuous tweet from a singer named Michael Swank: “Y’all I really miss singing in a band for real.”
Swank had previously served as the clean vocalist in metalcore band Myka, Relocate, who toured extensively and released several albums before going on hiatus in 2017 and disbanding in 2020. He was looking to lend his talents to a new band, and Foxera were looking for a seasoned frontman who could build upon their well-honed musical chemistry.
Foxera connected with Swank, and in December 2019, the singer flew from Austin, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona for an in-person audition. They clicked immediately, and those sessions yielded the newly minted quartet’s first single, 'Picture Perfect'. The aggressive rock instrumentals are still present, but Swank’s soulful clean vocals lend the song a poppy immediacy.
The coronavirus pandemic forced Foxera to write primarily over Zoom throughout 2020, during which time they completed two more songs, 'Away From Me' and 'Way Out'. Since then, they’ve continued writing, refining their sound and strengthening their bond over the past year, with hopes to soon hit the stage together. After weathering a season of uncertainty and doubt, Foxera have emerged victorious and hungry to show the world who they are.