Rado and France's quickly evolving musical and songwriting ability paid off in 2012 when the duo signed to Jagjaguwar and released their musically diverse official debut, “Take the Kids Off Broadway.” The band's self-challenging work ethic continues with “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic,” featuring the psych-folk first single “San Francisco” and the multi-part funk-pop wonder, “Shuggie.”
Rado said one of his key influences in terms of musical ambition is Flaming lips multi-instrumentalist, Steven Drozd.
“We saw the Lips when we were, like 15, and it was just really inspiring watching him go around and play keyboards, then guitar, then pedals and stuff,” he said. “We're really, really into the Flaming Lips, so I think for a long time, we were trying to do things that sounded like the Flaming Lips, or a little like Beck, too.”
But Foxygen is constantly moving on to new musical ideas. Rado said that they are trying to make a “difficult follow-up” to “Peace & Magic,” an album designed to be a misunderstood classic.
“The next one is going to be sort of like our idea of a ‘failed record,' like a record that makes no money?” Rado said. “Like ‘Oar' or ‘McCartney II' or the first Lindsey Buckingham record or ‘Tusk.' It's like, ‘I don't know where I'm at in my career or what kind of record I want to make, and I just got this synthesizer and I don't know how to use it, but I'm going to put it on every song.'”
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