Louisa Rose Allen — who performs under the name Foxes — recently completed her debut album, “Glorious,” after working long hours into the night at a studio in Britain’s countryside. On the phone just hours after she wrapped the dark-themed recording, she was feeling triumphant, and understandably so. Her other recent breakthroughs: last year’s introductory EP, “Warrior,” a new five-cut remix disc of her ethereal synth-rocking sonnet “Youth” and a cameo on the top-10 Zedd single “Clarity.” Only 24, Allen is destined to be a star. For the time being, though, she has moved from her London flat back into her childhood home in Southampton, where her family was good-naturedly razzing her so much, she finally shouted, “I’m doing an interview! Shut the door!”
What kind of kid were you in school? I was quite a loser. I was very quiet and I just kept to myself, and I actually didn’t go in very much. So I was probably known as “the girl who was never there.” And my mom didn’t know, but I was quite good at bouncing out of school. There was a thing where you could sign yourself out if you had a letter from your parents, so I used to fake the letter. So I was a forger, basically.
But your mom came up with your name, Foxes, from a dream she had about a fox, running barking down the street. My mom is brilliant! She’s the biggest hippie ever, and yeah, she had this crazy dream about a fox. But she actually brought my sister and brother and me up to be very free and just do what you wanted to do and follow your dreams and all that jazz. So the best lesson she taught me is that you should always be doing what you have a passion for. So for me, growing up and being a singer was something that a lot of people thought was a pipe dream. But she was always telling me that if you work hard enough for something, eventually it will become your job.
When and how did you start singing? I was that annoying kid that would run around the house with spoons, singing Disney songs. I would literally bang spoons together and sing songs like “A Whole New World” — that was a big one in my youth. So as you can imagine, that was not the nicest of noises to be around.
When did your mom start encouraging you to pursue this as profession? Probably when I put the spoons down! Ha! That’s when I picked up a microphone instead!
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Where: New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland
When: 9 p.m. Friday