A female-fronted rock band from the Midwest, Fox Face started out playing furious punk rock before they evolved into a more complex, moody sound that incorporated accents of indie rock and garage rock.
Fox Face were formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009 by Lindsay DeGroot and Lydia Washechek, both of whom play guitar and sing. DeGroot had previously played drums in the Olives, and Washechek (aka Lydia Chioda) had worked with Gut Reactions, Static Eyes, and the Off-Days. While DeGroot's early songs displayed a pop-punk influence, it wasn't until she began dealing with darker and more personal themes (including politics and feminism) that the band's powerful sound began to take shape. Fox Face's lineup stabilized with the addition of bassist Mary Joy and drummer Christopher Capelle, and in 2013 the group released a cassette, simply titled Fox Face. In 2015, Fox Face hit vinyl with the release of a four-song EP, also called Fox Face, which earned positive reviews and helped the band gain a larger following in Wisconsin. In 2016, Fox Face struck a deal with Chop Haus Records to drop another 7" EP, the three-song Teen Wiccan, and later the same year they introduced a cassette-only release, The Moon and the Tide, that collected material from their earlier releases. In 2017, Fox Face were approached by the well-established punk label Dirtnap Records (who had recently moved their operations to Madison, Wisconsin), and they arranged to release the group's first full-length album, Spoil + Destroy, which came out in November 2017. By the time the album had arrived, Christopher Capelle had left the band and Chopper Chioda, formerly of the band the Midwest Beat, took over as Fox Face's drummer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi