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BLACK FOX


LINE OF SIGHT


2012

 

 

 

 

We always talk about local talent at The Rockpit and we feel pretty lucky that we have so much of it down under. Black Fox is another band that we can see big things ahead for them. Taking a jumping off point as UK eighties alternative rock the guys from Black Fox have something about them that you can’t quite put your finger on.

 

 

 

First single from the album: ‘Beatles Party’ is a great place to start – it has the feel of bands like the Cure but is also distinctly original and brings to the party influences as divergent as The Beatles themselves and also latter day bands like The Strokes. What Black Fox prove here on their first full length; recorded in the US, Melbourne and Japan; is that they are a band that has the songs o capture your attention.

 

 

 

Opener ‘Day in Lieu’ jumps out at you from the vinyl (did I mention that they have this out on the beautiful black stuff as well as CD and download?) with purpose. It’s a deceptively simple beat that has depth in the lilting keys that underpin it. Building up a trance-like momentum it’s all that was good about the alternative scene in the eighties and the gang vocal chorus just lifts it up. Think the best of BMRC and it’s so far so good!

 

 

 

The good news is that it is just one of many great songs here: from the Strokes-like meander that is ‘Nightwalks’ to the aforementioned ‘Beatles Party’ it doesn’t miss a beat. ‘Suburban Rooms’ which bemoans people who don’t get out enough, and has become the band’s mantra is one of my favourites coming across on one level as a beautifully observed lyric and on another as Blur at their hardest and edgiest.

 

 

 

‘Stag’ is another song that grabs you with it’s almost metal riff and closer ‘Take It to the Grave’ is six minutes of Brit-pop infused greatness that hints at something else entirely. Check them out – you’ll like it.

 

 

 

by Mark Diggins