American duo Foxygen have been forced to cancel their upcoming European tour.
Foxygen are an unlikely source for controversy. The hazy American outfit are responsible for late 60s inspired hymnals, winning a massive fanbase across the globe in the process.
Yet there's something about the band which seems to provoke critical ire. Drawing acclaim and derision in equal measures, a European tour this summer would have helped take the sting out of the debate.
Sadly, though, these shows will not now go ahead. Pulling out of all upcoming dates, Foxygen apologised to fans by saying: "We assure you this is ultimately for the creative health of the band."
The statement in full reads:
"We have some unfortunate news. We have to cancel our upcoming EU dates for May/June and upcoming EU summer festival dates. We'd like apologize to all our European fans and supporters. We know this causes frustration and headaches for ticket buyers and promoters alike. We assure you this is ultimately for the creative health of the band. We will back in EU soon and promise to make this up to all of you. Please understand. Thank you again, all of you. Your time, attention and support mean the world to us. Love, Foxygen."
Foxygen have cancelled the following shows:
3 Glasgow Stereo
4 Newcastle The Cluny
5 Manchester Deaf Institute
6 London Scala
7 Brighton Green Door Store
Our initial news report caused a stir online, with fans pondering the meaning of the statement. Brian Jonestown Massacre leader Anton Newcombe stepped in and offered a few words of advice - after an email exchange, this is what he had to say to Foxygen:
"well first of all: don't make any decisions spur of the moment. publicly. most people go 90% and quit. fuck that yield to overcome. pause, then move forward.
if money is the problem, go acoustic pocket the money, travel light, never give up.
or go. make room for the real deal, but do it in silence, if you didn't put the effort in, you won't be remembered."