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Spencer Swain of ZOX

March 10, 2008 by  
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zoxmainCurrently out on tour in support of their latest release, Line In The Sand, ZOX (Eli Miller on guitar and lead vocals, Spencer Swain on violin and vocals,  Dan Edinberg on bass and vocals, and John Zox on drums) continue to woo their cult following from coast to coast.  Making a mockery out of mainstream ideologies by letting their music be the predominant voice that speaks for them, these guys are definitely a horse of a different color. It’s not easy to create perfect pop songs with deep rich layers so beautiful they should be framed and hung on the wall, with lyrics that are heartfelt and relatable, all while trading in the lead guitar for a classically-trained electric violinist.

The band came together when a few members met in college in 2002, thats right, brains and beats.  They played the college circuit and started to build a voracious fanbase that only continues to grow to this very day.  Doing things their own way from the start has made the band a formidable force. Mixing a melting pot of sounds from their folk roots to indie rock, to 80s influenced sounds, Line In The Sand is being called their best album to date. Produced by John Goodmanson (of Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, Harvey Danger fame), Goodmanson seems to have pulled the best out of this quartet.  Whether it be their anthematic rockers or their balladesque heartbreakers the songwriting on this album should not go unnoticed.

Violinist Spencer Swain took some time to chat with TWRY staffer Stacie before their recent show in Boston.  Dig it.

Interviewed by:  Stacie Caddick-Dowty | March 2008

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