Nick Dungo is spending some time in Alabama. At the beach. Writing songs, running, doing beach things. “I drove down with all my recording equipment from New Jersey,” he explained, “and I’m staying at a place loaned to me by a fan. It’s been great. I wrote three songs yesterday.”
The For the Foxes front man was in need of a vaca. “We were on the Vans Warped Tour all summer — all of the U.S. and Canada — and really, we’ve been on tour for most of the last four years.” Now, he’s using his time off to write songs for his band’s upcoming full-length album, set to record in January. But first, another cross-country tour starts in October.
His relentless schedule speaks to his work ethic. “You’ve got to hone your craft. It’s so easy in the digital age to make a song, but if you’re not good at playing or singing or whatever it is you do, it’s going to show. It’s important to use what’s out there as a tool,” but don’t try to let it do the work for you.
At seven, his parents bought him a drum set, something he kept up all through high school while he moved on to other instruments, and songwriting. Their drummer, Danny Vassallo, went to the same school, as did guitarist Jimmy Brindley. After some time in college, Dungo convinced his bandmates to hit the road with the songs they had written — “so many.” Bassist Jonathan Brunner joined about two years ago, and the rest is history.
Well-received singles and EPs and constant touring have fueled their success. ”This year has been great. These songs are the most sophisticated we’ve written. All the touring, building a fan-base,” is starting to pay off. “You can’t get discouraged — you’ve got to learn as much as you can from everything.”
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