PHILIP FOXMAN started his music career composing the score for The ABC TV documentary "Stirring," as well as playing bass and songwriting for local Sydney bands. He joined the band Supernaut who appeared regularly on high-profile TV show Countdown, had several hit singles, three albums and toured the country extensively. He moved to London to form Illustrated Man, featuring members from the bands Japan, Gary Numan, Gang of Four and The Models. The band released an album on Capitol/EMI records, opened for artists Cindy Lauper, Nick Kershaw, had a top 20 USA dance-rock hit, high-rotation video on MTV followed by a national USA tour. Philip moved to New York where he composed and music supervised independent films, TV commercials and co-wrote and produced bands and artists. He wrote and composed his first musical Killing Time, which appeared in various stage-readings in NYC. His band Philip Foxman and Prime 8 released Cd West 4th and Charles followed by his solo CD " Up Antenna". Various songs of his releases feature regularly on MTV shows, HBO specials, International Hit TV series Neighbours as well as various TV shows and independent films, Anarchy TV, Sex Drugs and Democracy. His music catalogue is represented by USA based Peer Music Group. Recently composed the score and co wrote the lyrics for Off Broadway musical ' Atomic
Singer-songwriter / musical composer
Signed to Polydor Records ( Australia) Recorded three albums, three top 10 singles Toured across Australia Mushroom Music Publishing
Bass player and songwriter
Illustrated Man Signed to Capitol Records MCA Music Publishing toured across England and the USA single " Head over Heels" on high rotation on MTV
Philip Foxman and prime 8 Two Independent released CD's .
Performing in high level clubs like The Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, FEZ in New York opening for Major Label artist i.e Buffalo Tom, Catatonia
Da Da, Lloyd Cole, The Pretty Things, Smashing Pumpkins guitarist.
Philip Foxman "Up Antenna"
Currently released thru MGM distribution Song off CD s on TV shows Neighbours , MTV's : The Real World, The Hills , Behind the music
Bondi Rescue, H2O just add water, Guerilla Gardeners, Get Away
Atomic the Musical
Composed the score and co-wrote lyrics.
Philip continues to deliver music brimming with innovative sounds and songs on his second solo CD entitled "Up Antenna", combining classic acoustic guitar driven pop-songwriting with gritty electronic tones and grooves, amped-up with textural electric guitars, tempered by violins and mandolins resulting in a heartfelt sophisticated-pop sound reminiscent of David Gray, Neil Finn and U2.
Foxman's storytelling abilities are well showcased here with his socially incisive and intimate lyrics sung in an earthy-vulnerable manner, which can't help but draws the listener into his world of city-wise characters
The single You'll Never find sets tone of the CD with an intense and sparsely recorded emotional plea from the heart from a man who's resolved to trying to rebuild his life. The chorus to this song will follow you around for days.
Arms around the Sun is a fine example of modern progressive pop-folk tune with all its multi-part genre fusion, crammed into 3.36 minutes while lyrically finds favor in a someone's ability to bring out the best in others by their sheer lust for life.
The CD shifts gears with the atmospheric and beautifully crafted song Heaven in your eyes. While the blend of violins/mandolins and hip-hop grooves on Bad Day guides the listener almost voyeuristically into the life of an Internet dating, self-medicated, single 30's something women who "just can't get off her love lost self destructive treadmill".
The sparse and pensive bass guitar riff driven Until it's gone is a dark and beautiful song that dwells outside the gloss of pop music and comes across as a cynical valentine to life in the naked city.
The sweeping rush of dreamy strings on We belong, brings texture and liveliness to this moderately paced song, while the vocal performance is both emotional and inward looking within its own sphere of affection and resignation.
Following on the heels of his critically acclaimed CD "West 4th and Charles" which fused shades of countrified -rock tunes with dark story telling on "Up Antenna" Foxman and his band have stretched out incorporating atmospheric tones, flourishes of electronica to their acoustic rock, creating a broader more universal sound.
"Up Antenna" is a cohesive and compelling listen to a singer-songwriter who's not afraid to expose those unspoken emotional scars of our hyped-up caffeine driven- spiritually seeking society.