formed only two years ago, in 2008, but are already
beginning to build a strong following in the New York area,
where they play most of their shows. The band consists of
three Irish and an American, yet they managed to set aside
their cultural differences to produce music that they like -
and, apparently, that others like, as well.
They didn’t meet all at once. Julian and Trevor, the
guitarists and vocalists of the group, met at a show.
Realizing that they both hated the performing group’s music,
they decided that they should make music that they liked. A
little while later, they met William, a bassist. They
invited William to a rehearsal.
William, the group drew him by their style. The first thing
he noticed was they did not bother tuning their guitars at
all. They disregarded even the most basic of rules for
musicians. That was precisely what he wanted as a musician -
a group which didn’t care what the establishment cared
But it was only six months later they met their last member:
Chad, the drummer.
The Irish members came up with the band’s name. They
borrowed the name from an Irish football (soccer for the
American fans) gang involved in violent acts. While the
group quickly maintains that they refuse to be associated
with violence, they want to keep the same passion for music
that the original Voxys gang kept for football.
Still, each member brings something different to the group.
While they all love rock-and-roll, they have many influences
outside classic rock artists like Led Zepellin. One likes
reggae and party music; another one likes an English ska
band called The Specials. A few like English alternative
rock bands; one likes mainstream American rock groups. Chad
even lists one of his influences as Johnny Cash, a
singer-songwriter most known for his country music. This
brings a unique sound to the group’s music.
In addition to those they list as their influences, they
also listen to others, including rappers like Ludacris.
The group started by playing clubs throughout Manhattan and
Brooklyn. On October 28, 2008, the group played its first
non-American show in Dublin. At this show, they played an
opening for The Mighty Stef, a large Irish indie band.
The Voxys would open again for The Mighty Stef on December
The band then played at CLUB NME on January 5, 2009, a club
famous for laughing the careers of many now-famous groups.
But January 5, 2009 also marked another milestone for the
band: they released their first EP, which received good
reviews from the independent music blogger Lucid Culture.
They also released it on iTunes for download.
After an eventful January, the group had one last show
before a four month break. They played during the 11th
annual CRAIC festival.
Their last show so far was on July 30, 2009 at the CLUB NME.
This was also their first main-billing show, billed as a
comeback. During this show, the band played for 30 minutes
straight, and debuted many new songs.
However, they have not had any shows since.