A few months ago Izzy from The Anti-bodies facebook added me, and he has a STRIKING resemblance to a friend I had lost contact with ages ago. (1) So naturally I accepted the invitation immediately and started messaging, so embarrassingly, this Izzy guy things like “MATT FOX! How did you find me?! You fucking legend, where the hell have you been all these years? Last I heard from you, you were in the Amazon collecting rare spiders and planning a trip to Madagascar.” (2)
Dude doesn’t message back for a while. Like days. Maybe a week. However, I am not deterred because that would be pretty typical of Matt Fox. Dude has never been…reliably reachable. I send more messages about what I’ve been up to for the last 10 years or so (hoboing, traveling, loving and breaking my own heart, getting back into school, studying in England, etc.) Still no reply. Few more days pass.
Finally, Izzy is like, “I’m not sure if you’re who I think am…”. If it wasn’t for Izzy being in a kick-ass punk band, I would very likely have unfriended him out of embarrassment. However we kept talking and I communicated the reasons for my confusion and then I got around to listening to their music and it’s fucking great.
The Anti-bodies describe themselves as follows:
We play punk rock songs about life, love, the undead, beings from outerspace and secret laboratory experiments gone wrong.
-The Anti-bodies bandcamp bio
They’re basically everything I love about punk rock: weird/slightly gross cartoon-style album art, songs named after classic horror films, songs themed around cosmic and
existential horrors, and a female lead singer (as I’ve mentioned in one of my articles about my favourite band, The Creepshow “Women singer voices tend to fit better in my ear than men’s, though that is not to say I don’t like male singers, it’s just my preference.”).
They just released a new single, “The Mist,” which is excellent and is downloadable for $1 USD.
You can find more of their music at their bandcamp page.
- Matt Fox is one of those types who no matter what he is doing with his life, no matter how wild or crazy, would not entirely surprise me. “New York? In a punk rock band? Never seen you play an instrument but I can buy it.”
- “Fin Louie” is a nom de plume and the same one I use for my facebook. However Matt Fox is one of those wild cards who would find you if he wanted to and he wouldn’t tell you how just insisting it was magic or something.
- These are all things Matt Fox has done/did. Dude was wild. I have stories about the guy involving things like “The Secret Pie Pact” and “Anarchy Dodge ball”. He was…something else. Matt Fox: if you’re reading this, for fuck’s sake get in touch.