The Stone Foxes – Small Fires

Today’s selection is a mercurial mixture of blues, classic rock and modern psyche as San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes step up to fill the Far Out Track of the Day slot.

Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals), Aaron Mort, (bass, guitar, vocals), Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) & Elliott Peltzman (Rhodes, organ, piano) combine to create a sound saturated with all the influences you just know a good band will draw from; along the four-minute rock and roll journey we’re wilfully dragged through the back catalogues of Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes whilst echo’s of the Stooges prevail (I’m thinking along the lines of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’) in the incessant rhythm, chorus construction ,lingering synth and manic cessastion.

These young renegades are hell-bent on keeping ‘rock engaged and succulently alive’:

“The best classic rock bands are all anomalies. They got away with doing things that hadn’t been done before even if they started playing basic blues. It’s when they started experimenting that they took on their own identities,” says Mort. “We’re trying to do the same thing. You have to, and it feels like something that had to happen AND happen very naturally.”

“You do what the song needs you to do. That’s how this band does it,” says Koehler. “Hell, that’s how The Band did it! You can go back to Muddy Waters and further for examples of this. With us, there’s this filter of blues and roots that we’ve created by soaking up that music, and when we write everything gets put through that filter. It comes out as who we are today but everything we do goes through that filter, this cultural fuzzbox.”

All this will make more sense when you give their superb Black Keys tinted album, ‘Small Fires’ a whirl.If bluesy rock floats your boat then definitely sail with The Stone Foxes.

Joshua Hevicon

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