Sixty minutes isn't enough time to feed most musicians' egos.
But if there's one thing those who've witnessed, listened to, or engaged with Roxy Epoxy can tell you, it's that the gal ain't like most musicians. Charismatic and opinionated, Epoxy has been showing off new sides of herself, not to mention her record collection, on Roxy's Ego Hour, her music-smorgasbord-as-radio-show on KPSU. And though dedicated listeners will remember it took Epoxy some time to get acclimated (bits of her first broadcast were drowned out by music that wasn't adequately turned down), she's proving to be a welcome presence for those eager to hear new sounds on their drive home.
"I was lucky enough to go in and bring some music to a couple of the guys, and they convinced me that I should get a show," recalls Epoxy. "They thought I was funny and had a good radio voice, which," she pauses and laughs, "is really funny. I've been having a blast. I actually love that I haven't been touring since March. I love pretending that I have a half-normal life."
Epoxy was able to assume the radio post while her band of fashion-forward, eco-conscious, no-wave punks, the Epoxies—guitarist Viz Spectrum, bassist Shock Diode, keyboardist/lyricist Fritz Moxie (FM) Static, and drummer Ray Cathode—sought out a new label and began sculpting fresh electro-punk subversions for the follow-up to 2005's effervescent Stop the Future. And though they're still in the midst of writing, the band just released a new five-song EP, My New World. Their first new music in more than two years, it's also the Epoxies' first release through Philadelphia-based Metropolis.
No doubt, eyebrows raised in this city when news of their alignment with the famed industrial and goth imprint was announced in June. After all, they'd only released one album, through punk palace Fat Wreck Chords. And Metropolis is best known for putting out, uh, "records" by "bands" like Mindless Self Indulgence and VNV Nation. But according to Epoxy, the split with Fat was amicable—"It really was such a great learning experience," she says—and, in Metropolis, they've found a label that's only misunderstood in 2007 because of its early affiliations.
"Dave [Heckman, label owner] is really into expanding what the label's about," says Epoxy. "He just signed theSTART; he signed the AKAs; he's got Electric Six. For us, it just seemed like the right move. And contrary to popular speculation, we did not get dropped by Fat and we did not leave. When it came down to it, it was a mutual business decision and there was no bad blood whatsoever. There's no trail of carnage behind us."
That, too, is likely to change once the band's new full-length is completed, since this time the band won't be restricting the boundaries of their sound and, according to Epoxy, won't be shying away from noble, universal causes, either. "I've definitely been delving into a ton of new music with the radio show," she says. "Right now, we just don't know what's going to come out of anyone. One song written by our drummer is about Earth singing to its occupants. And it's a little ticked-off. But then, if I were a planet with parasites like us running around on it, I'd be pissed off, too."