Release Date: Feb 25, 2013
Record label: Metamatic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
His third full-length collaboration with The Maths (aka Benge), Evidence is, in many ways, the summation of a steady flow of wonderful releases and arresting live performances from John Foxx. Indeed, having honed My Town live on stage in recent shows, a recorded version emerges as one of the standout tracks here, capturing all the verve and spark of Shatterproof, from Foxx and Benge’s 2011 collaboration Interplay. This time around, Foxx has made room for artists who’ve both admired and supported him.
For someone who seemed to drop off the radar completely between, say, 1983 and 2010, John Foxx has been pleasingly prolific of late. Evidence is his third album in as many years in collaboration with The Maths (aka Benge), and a cursory glance at the Foxx discography reveals over twenty albums released, in various guises and collaborations, since 1997 - disproving any notion that this Foxx has only recently broken cover (though he did in fact retire from music in the late eighties, working as an illustrator and art lecturer under his given name of Dennis Leigh). It's obvious by now that this is no revival act, so perhaps it's time that we stopped comparing Foxx's new output to that of his perceived heyday - as frontman of Ultravox mk.
Foxx’s third Maths-assisted set is probably his best post-Ultravox LP. John Doran 2013 When artists return to the fray after a long break, they are immediately forced to play their trump card. Devoted fans will pine for new material from a retired musician for an almost indefinite period of absence. But returning stars are only guaranteed treatment like the prodigal son for a finite amount of time.