A Word with Alex Fouse: How Artemis the Cat Became Artemis the Band
Alex Fouse from local band Artemis talks about how it all started, his rebellious Catholic youth and his catspiration. Artemis is a mesh of rock, grunge rock, throwbacks and their lyrical content is similar to Jonathan Coulton. They’re very inspired by dark humor and lyrical twists, drawing a lot of inspiration from 80s and 60s rock.
Artemis consists of lead guitarist, Alex Fouse; rhythm guitar and vocals, Charles Wise; bassist, Basharat Choudhry; and drummer, Taylor Harmon
The band initially started out as two Jesuit High School Tampa boys (Alex and Charles). After a nasty high school break up, Fouse picked up the guitar and invested hours into practicing. In retrospect, if that relationship never ended, Fouse might not be working on a new EP for July or Beatles cover songs.
“I picked up like 30, 40, maybe 50 hours a week on the guitar because of being out of that relationship,” said Fouse.
The music scene at Jesuit was mostly punk and death metal. There were a lot of repressed, angsty and hormonal Catholic boys who needed an outlet other than Jesus.
Music serves as an outlet for Fouse.
“It gives you the spotlight that nobody can take away from you for that amount of time,” said Fouse. “There’s just so much you can express with music that you can’t any other way.”
The band used to be called For Science, but then Fouse and Wise changed the name to their cat, Artemis. As Artemis, they’ve had a lot of positive interactions in the Gainesville music scene. They appreciate the support they receive during performances and fans spotting them out at Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.
“There’s an interesting camaraderie. Everybody at the show is there to just have a good time and put on a good show, so if you need something you can just ask for it,” said Fouse.
They’re currently working on getting a recording studio and they have been practicing Beatles cover songs too. Fouse would also like to start doing cover songs for events in the future as well.
Be sure to check out their six song EP releasing in July and their July 7 performance at The High Dive.