In the lead-up to the Black Alternative Rock Festival, or BLA/ALT
, at Camp North End on Oct. 21, Creative Loafing
has asked some of the artists to talk about why they're playing the event and what it means to them. Today, the Winston-Salem dream-pop band Foxture
talks about why they believe more people of color should gravitate to the safe zone of alternative music and culture — and why BLA/ALT can help lead listeners to that space.
But first, listen Foxture's brand new song "Distance" from the band's upcoming EP, E D E N
"BLA/ALT is important because it helps strengthen the presence of people of color within alternative bands and projects," the band wrote in an email to Creative Loafing
. "The representation of PoC within the alternative genre is fairly slim, and BLA/ALT shines a light on these talented and innovative artists.
"We decided to play BLA/ALT not only because the motive of the festival is astronomically beautiful and artistic, but because festivals such as this one aren't as common," the band wrote, adding that it "promotes the realization that alternative music can be more relatable to listeners of color."
Foxture is (from left) bassist Ross Barnes, drummer Andrew Irving, guitarist Eddie Reynolds and singer and keyboardist Marlon Blackmon. (Photo by Jim Pica)
"We hope to reach out not only to fans of alternative music, but people who normally don't listen to alternative music for skepticism of being able to relate," the band wrote. "We are looking forward to the first BLA/ALT festival, opening minds in the beautiful city of Charlotte, and rising up each year to become a staple in North Carolina's history."
Hit up Foxture on Bandcamp (Foxture.bandcamp.com
), Facebook (facebook.com/foxture2013/
), Instagram (@foxtureband) and Twitter (@foxture). Also, search for the band's releases on Spotify and Apple Music.