Not everything is sunny in the sunny state of California for the psychedelic nostalgics Foxygen. The band’s vocalist Elizabeth Fey posted a long story on her Tumblr regarding Foxygen’s state of affairs. According to the post there lies some Lennon and McCartney like rift between guitarist Jonathan Rado and lead vocalist Sam France.
She also details upon her own reservations about Rado and other issues that could possibly mean future problems for the band. It seems that the underlying cause for the situation is due to the unexpected fame and success they have received with the band.
“[Rado] was threatened by Sam and I, saying it was, “The Sam and Lizzie show”. Well we are going to start our own band. It sickens to me to see how Sam has been walked all over. He isn’t the type of person to plot out things or think about business, he is just a real musician who is an amazing songwriter. I don’t think he was ready for all the craziness that being a popular band gives you. It’s been hard for us as a couple facing al these trials and tribulations but ultimately it has made us stronger.
I didn’t want any of this negativity in my life, I was just a songwriter living in Olympia and playing house shows. I had no idea that when Sam emailed me that I would be in this crazy whirlwind. You can frame it anyway you want. That I’m “bitter” “angry” “jealous” whatever. It doesn’t matter what you say because I know what is right and what is wrong. I know that it is wrong to treat people like they don’t matter and I hope I never make anyone feel the way that they made me feel. […] Despite everything, I love Sam a lot. He is an amazing song writer who will continue to make inspiring music. I really like Foxygen the music, just have some problems with the members. I really do wonder if anyone other than Sam and Justin believe in things like peace & magic.”
But despite their problems, the band is taking it with strides. According to their publicist, the band is not breaking up and currently in the studio, serving a followup to their acclaimed album We Are the 21t Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. Take her Tumblr post with a grain of salt as the band even sarcastically tweeted– “ALWAYS, DEFINITELY, BELIEVE THE INTERNET.”