PHOX, the Madison band that's been described as "Wisconsin's finest hope for indie rock stardom," is going on an indefinite hiatus.
The news arrived Monday morning with the announcement of new tour dates, including a Feb. 3 show at the Capitol Theater, branded as the band's "last shows before their indefinite hiatus." Soon after, the band posted an official farewell (for now) message on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
It said the temporary break was necessary for the band's members to "pursue other creative outlets."
"'Hiatus' is a nice word because it lets us take some time to figure out what’s next for PHOX, but inform you is that it’s going to be quite some time before we get to see you again," read the statement.
PHOX was originally a sextet of high school friends from Baraboo who decided to officially congregate as a band in 2011. Shortly after moving to Madison in the fall of that year, the ensemble became a local favorite, and before long its popularity was seeping outward through the Midwest and beyond.
By the summer of 2013, PHOX was opening for heavy hitters like The Lumineers in London, getting shoutouts on NPR, and lining up sets at festivals like Lollapalooza.
The band will round out its last few months together before hitting the pause button with a batch of performances around the Midwest, in tandem with a string of shows on the east coast. There will be one Madison concert on Feb. 3 at the Capitol Theater before the band takes a final bow with a show in Baraboo on Feb. 4.