Q&A: Greg Fox On How A Rasta Alien In A Yellow Adidas Tracksuit Handed Him The New Guardian Alien Record While He Was Meditating In A Van On Tour
Greg Fox, drummer extraordinaire for the sonic-spiritualist psychers Guardian Alien, is chowing down on grub at Cong Ly on Hester Street, and with the exception of a small dose of displeasure regarding the econo cuisine ("Weird. I feel like they used different noodles today or something"), the vibes emanating from him are truly copacetic.
Guardian Alienthe band Fox anchors with Liturgy guitarist Bernard Gann, vocalist/synthtress Alex Drewchin, shahai baaja-ist Turner Williams Jr. and bassist Eli Winogradjust released See the World Given to a One Love Entity (Thrill Jockey), a 40-minute Herculean composition bursting with rapturous skronk chaos, righteously percussive pulverization, soothing angelic voices and gorgeous synth swells from the otherworld. The album is up there with Black Dice's 2002 apotheosis Beaches and Canyons in the annals of mind-frying spiritual sound deconstruction.
Fox's forever grateful and positive aura manifests itself in multiple ways: on the epic See the World..., in the meditation practices that helped spawn the record, and in his deep association with Kid Millions in Man Forever. Sound of the City sat down with Fox to talk Guardian, meditation, Liturgy, peace and love, and how his parents were stoked on his being named "best drummer in New York" by the Voicealthough in true Fox fashion, he happily demurred, giving that honor to his percussionist peers.