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PHOX performing in June 2014
Background information
OriginBaraboo, Wisconsin, United States
Years active2011–2016[1]
Associated acts
  • Sonntag
  • We the Living
  • Randy Boys
  • Thick as Thieves
  • Whispered Hallows
  • Popcorn Fetus
  • Superheroes By Night
  • Vulfpeck
  • Jason Krunnfusz
  • Monica Martin
  • Matthew Holmen
  • Matteo Roberts
  • Davey Roberts
Past members
  • Cheston VanHuss
  • Zach Johnston

PHOX was an American six-piece alternative folk / indie pop band from Baraboo, Wisconsin. PHOX's self-titled debut LP was released on June 24, 2014.


Prior to the formation of PHOX, many eventual members collaborated with Zach Johnston for his album Sonntag, which was written in California, but recorded in Wisconsin. Some time later while Matt Holmen was playing with Davey Roberts, Matt Roberts (keys), and Jason Krunnfusz (bass) in Baraboo. The group connected once again for what was originally thought to be a one-off show at the local event, Boo Bash on May 4, 2011. The group still needed songs to play and someone to sing them. Monica Martin was asked if she'd sing some tracks from Sonntag and some cover songs at the event and she agreed. Moving forward, Monica wrote lyrics and melodies, and the group arranged the songs from their first two EP's and their self-titled first record release.[2]

The band released their EP Confetti in early 2013, for which they created a video component for each track.[3] 2013 also saw a Daytrotter session,[4] positive press, a spot at South by Southwest and a national tour opening for Blitzen Trapper. The band played Lollapalooza as a last-minute addition in August 2013, drawing a large crowd despite their midday spot.[5] In September 2013 PHOX opened for The Lumineers at Apple's iTunes Festival in London.[6] Local Wisconsin publication Isthmus praised PHOX as one of the year's greatest musical success stories.[7] Throughout 2015, Phox supported Paolo Nutini and The Head and the Heart, while also headlining around the U.S. non-stop. They also made their debut in New Zealand and Australia during March 2015.[8] They were also featured on NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert. Other notable festival stops include Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Summerfest, Sasquatch, and the inaugural Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival where they also screened their latest [mockumentary] film titled, Amor Fati, directed by member Zach Johnston. The film was uploaded publicly to YouTube on December 24, 2015. The band is currently signed to Partisan Records, and are managed by Foundations Artist Management.[9] They recorded their first full-length, self-titled album at April Base – Justin Vernon's home studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.[10] Currently,[when?] PHOX is preparing new music for their second album,[11] although a release date has yet to be announced.

PHOX announced an indefinite hiatus on October 17, 2016.[12] The band played their farewell concert at the Al. Ringling Theatre in their hometown of Baraboo, WI on February 4, 2017.[citation needed]


Monica Martin singing in 2014
  • Monica Martin (lead singer)
  • Matthew Holmen (guitar)
  • Jason Krunnfusz (bass)
  • Davey Roberts (drums)
  • Matteo Roberts (keyboards)

Previous members[edit]

  • Cheston VanHuss
  • Zach Johnston



  • iTunes Festival: London 2013 (2013)
  • PHOX (2014)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Unblushing (2012)
  • Friendship (2012)
  • Confetti (2013)


  1. ^ Lorenzsonn, Erik (October 17, 2016). "Local indie band PHOX is going on 'hiatus' after February shows". The Capital Times. Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  2. ^ Opoien, Jessie. "Crazy like a PHOX: Buzzed-about band goes from Baraboo to London and beyond". The Capital Times. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. ^ Miller, Joshua. "Madison-based Phox searches for new territory". A.V. Club. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  4. ^ "PHOX Daytrotter Studios". Daytrotter. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  5. ^ Thomas, Rob. "PHOX knocks out Lollapalooza crowd". The Capital Times. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  6. ^ Williams, Chris. "Review: The Lumineers And Phox Play iTunes Festival 2013". 4Music. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  7. ^ Steinhoff, Jessica. "PHOX on the run: The Madison band sharpen their instincts on their first big tour". The Daily Page. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  9. ^ "FOUNDATIONS WELCOMES PHOX". Foundations Music. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Official Website". Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  11. ^ de Choisy, Gemma (5 November 2015). "Interview: PHOX's Monica Martin on race, voice and the perfect album". Little Village. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Official Band Facebook Page". Retrieved 2 March 2017.

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