So the last gig I went to in Bristol was a tiny DIY label launch of Rad Skull Records which took place in the function room above the Stag And Hounds, headlining the night was a young trio from Exeter called Black Foxxes.
I had heard nothing by this band, because there was nothing I could find online, so I was just given a few words from a bird on the grapevine that these guys were pretty good. I think that they were trying to manage themselves via word of mouth, building up a sense of hype and strong wielded fan base.
When I was watching these guys I had one of my gut reactions, the sort of thing that I have when I see a band and think that they might be huge. I got this reaction right from the off when they absolutely nailed a cover of Neil Youngs Rockin In The Free World, now starting with such a huge song would normally lead one to question, Would their own mateiriel be much cop?
Well I think that was resounding yes, each of their songs was built upon tight verse chorus style song structures that solidly delivered screamed with enthusiasm whilst cross referencing the likes of Hot Water Music, Brand New, Jimmy Eats World and a tiny bit of Paramore. Ultimately the create a big noisy, highly strung and emotive songs.
Their Christmas day release You Gotta Grow is a good starting point for the band, as it kicks with big screams, guitar noise and punchy drums and the kind of lyrics that could see them sit easily along the sides of Don Broco and Mallory Knox. keep your eyes on the look out kids!