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To say there are many female singer-songwriters in the indie pop scene would be a massive understatement, and the playbill at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel made their presence ever more clear. While down in Austin, we witnessed the revamped Solange Knowles and the massively blogged about Sky Ferriera, but we also caught our first glimpses of British newcomers Charli XCX and Foxes. Don't be misled by the plurality of the latter's name, for 'Foxes' is the handle of 23-year-old English solo songstress Louisa Rose Allen. After releasing her debut EP Warrior she quickly climbed the Hype Machine charts, which we're certain inspired her invite to the massive showcase held down in Austin.

Being that it was our first time seeing Foxes live, we noticed a few things about her performance. Although surrounded by her traveling band, Louisa manages to hijack all attention - it's a quality of her stage presence, and the fact that she's a total fox herself certainly helps. Additionally, her live performance of songs like the highly acclaimed "White Coats", transcended the actual studio recordings as her voice bellowed, never missing a key. We're officially hooked on the appropriately named singer, and we're certain 'Foxes' will soon be a recognizable name in the U.S.

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Why are are we so obsessed with cutting skin when the real things in our lives can't get in? Marching to the same drum.
Every single beat's gone.
I can hear the dark days coming.
Another generation fighting for attention.
Can't you see I'm tired of running? There's a house in the forest where her days are forgotten.
By the lake, she dropped her dreams and now they've sunk to the bottom.
Oh, beauty queen.
It's only skin deep.
It's only thin sheets.
There's no audience.
Oh, beauty queen.
Something's telling me that you were never meant to be trapped in time.
Why are we holding hands like paper chains? Why are we so content to stay the same? Marching to the same drum.
Every single beat's gone.
I can hear the dark days coming.
Another generation fighting for attention.
Can't you see I'm tired of running? There's a girl I remember who was everyone's dream.
Now her face has become her.
It's the saddest thing you'll ever see.
Oh, beauty queen.
(oh, oh, oh) It's only skin deep.
(oh, oh, oh) It's only thin sheets.
(oh, oh, oh) There's no audience.
(oh, oh, oh) Oh, beauty queen, (oh, oh, oh) something's telling me that you were never meant to be (oh, oh, oh) trapped in time. (oh, oh, oh)
There's a house in the forest where her days are forgotten.
By the lake she dropped her dreams.
Now they've sunk to the bottom.
Oh, beauty queen.
(oh, oh, oh) It's only skin deep.
(oh, oh, oh) It's only thin sheets.
(oh, oh, oh) There's no audience.
Oh, beauty queen.
(oh, oh, oh) It's only skin deep.
(oh, oh, oh) It's only thin sheets.
(oh, oh, oh) There's no audience.
(oh, oh, oh) Oh, beauty queen, (oh, oh, oh) something's telling me (oh, oh, oh) that you were never meant to be (oh, oh, oh) trapped in time. (oh, oh, oh)
Hey guys! How's it going? I'm Foxes, this is White Coats.
As a child my mother said to me don't be afraid to lead the way you see.
And it's only you who knows.
Nobody else can see.
Why do I chase myself into the dark? And a thousand ways to lead me back to the start.
But you make it easier, to be who I want to be.
And if the men in white coats are coming, I know you'll still be there for me to chase down the walls around us.
Ooh.
I keep the memories inside my mind to show me how to leave the darkness.
You will take me home one day, believe me.
Take my hand and lead me out from here.
Hunted down, their footsteps drawing near.
I knew you would come for me.
I'm sorry you're in so deep.
And if the men in white coats are coming, I know you'll still be there for me to chase down the walls around us.
Ooh.
I keep the memories inside my mind to show me how to leave the darkness.
You will take me home one day, believe me.
And I was so scared I could not see the light.
I didn't want to be alone.
Would you just stand there and watch them hold me down? I need to know that you're around.
And I was so scared I could not see the light.
I didn't want to be alone.
Would you just stand there and watch them hold me down? I need to know that you're around.
And I was so scared I could not see the light.
I didn't want to be alone.
Would you just stand there and watch them hold me down? I need to know that you're around.
That you're around.
Do the walk of shame in your best dress, put your hands in the air even though I'm still sleeping.
Paint the roads on these walls just to feel like I'm going places.
Join the rest of the world in the dawn of the new morning.
Strange eyes wandering, the night has come.
We're all under the ground, can't be found.
Night owls, early birds, wide-eyed looking like you're under a curse.
Save me, save me, go underneath the ground.
A wild fire inside me burns.
Why do I look like I'm wear for worse? Save me, save me, go underneath the ground.
Ooh, ooh.
Let the young hearts fool around, break away.
They make mistakes and live for them.
Let the fire in the city burn.
I want to feel, feel the embers warming.
Strange eyes wandering.
The night has come.
We're all under the ground.
Can't be found.
Night owls, early birds, wide-eyed looking like you're under a curse.
Save me, save me, go underneath the ground.
A wild fire inside me burns.
Why do I look like I'm wear for worse? Save me, save me, go underneath the ground.
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh.
Strange eyes wandering.
The night has come.
We're all under the ground, can't be found.
Night owls, early birds, wide-eyed looking like you're under a curse.
Save me, save me, go underneath the ground.
A wild fire inside me burns.
Why do I look like I'm wear for worse? Save me, save me, go underneath the ground.
Night owls, early birds, wide-eyed looking like you're under a curse.
Save me, save me, go underneath the ground.
A wild fire inside me burns, why do I look like I'm wear for worse? Save me, save me, go underneath the ground
I can hear your thoughts.
Please don't leave me now.
I can't sleep alone, chasing the light until the dawn.
Thought we left a trail back to the way that it was.
I can see it now In your eyes you let it fall.
Running in a crypt of a thousand words, hiding in the dark when the violence starts, looking for a sign we've gone too far.
(Too far) Don't hide in the dark playing shadow games, turn out the lights.
Ooh.
Time for a change because the devil is asleep in your head.
Don't hide in the dark playing shadow games.
Turn out the lights.
Ooh.
Didn't you say we would stay til we heard the last echo, echo? Look into my eyes.
Do you see something to defend? Spinning in the lights, will I grow old before I die? Silence is a curse, I feel it breaking the ice.
I can see it now in your eyes, you let it fall.
Running in a crypt of a thousand words, hiding in the dark when the violence starts, looking for a sign that we've gone too far.
(Too far).
Don't hide in the dark playing shadow games.
Turn out the lights.
Ooh.
Time for a change because the devil is asleep in your head.
Don't hide in the dark playing shadow games.
Turn out the lights.
Ooh.
Didn't you say we would stay until we heard the last echo, echo, echo? Yeah, yeah, ah-hah, ah-hah, echo, echo.
Yeah, yeah, ah-hah, ah-hah, echo, echo.
Yeah, yeah, ah-hah, ah-hah, echo, echo.
Yeah, yeah, ah-hah, ah-hah, echo, echo.
You got the beat inside.
Turn out the guiding lights.
The dark is on your side.
You got the beat in.
You got the beat inside.
Turn out the guiding lights.
The dark is on your side.
You got the beat in.
You got the beat inside.
Turn out the guiding lights.
The dark is on your side.
You got the beat in.
You got the beat inside.
Turn out the guiding lights.
The dark is on your side.
You got the beat in.
Yeah, yeah, ah-hah, ah-hah, echo, echo.
You guys are awesome! The last song tonight, this one is called "Youth.
" They didn't warn me when I was running wild the dragons breathing fire in the backyard at night.
We live in circles and it's so hard to breathe.
Maybe the same old fears, what have we here? Don't bring me down with you.
Now I'm just chasing time with a thousand dreams I'm holding heavy.
And as we cross the line, these fading beats have all been severed.
Don't tell me our youth is running out, it's only just begun.
If I asked you for good news, would you smile and turn away? It's like a bad dream that is too afraid to wake.
There are many among us and we're changing all the time.
Maybe the same old fears, what have we here? Don't bring me down with you.
Now I'm just chasing time with a thousand dreams I'm holding heavy.
And as we cross the line, these fading beats have all been severed.
Don't tell me our youth is running out, it's only just begun.
These fading beats.
These fading beats.
Now I'm just chasing time with a thousand dreams I'm holding heavy.
And as we cross the line, these fading beats have all been severed.
Don't tell me our youth is running out, ti's only just begun.
South By, are you ready to jump? These fading beats, a thousand dreams.
These fading beats, a thousand dreams.
It's only just begun.
Have a great night! Thanks!

Artist Bio

Sometimes the most rewarding discoveries are the ones that take you completely by surprise. Foxes is one of those discoveries. Arriving unheralded with her Neon Gold Records' debut 'Youth' late last year, it wasn't long before the song's resplendent synths, industrial percussion and by-turns-searing-and-soaring vocal were the talk of the town.

Foxes is in actual fact just one Louisa Rose Allen. The Southampton-born 22 year-old followed her big sister to London the day she turned 18. She tried her hand at studying music but dropped out when she realised it wasn't the studying part that she enjoyed. With 'Youth' (and its mournful b-side 'Home', and resulting remixes) having so far garnered over a million combined Soundcloud and YouTube plays, and 1,250 Hypemachine 'likes' between them, it's unlikely she'll be heading back to class anytime soon.

Now she returns with its eagerly awaited follow up, the Warrior EP, led by the dual-pronged attack of lead songs 'Warrior' and 'White Coats'. Foxes will release the Warrior EP on 25 June via Neon Gold Records on 7-inch vinyl and digital EP.

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