Let me start this review by putting your musical palate to a test. Have you ever tried to infuse down and dirty blues, catchy guitar rifts, and whiskey sounding vocals with a Rhodes piano? While this mixture of elements may sound odd, they must all come together to make something tasty and make you wanting more. After two albums, The Stone Foxes have grown and experimented with a different sound, and it is perfection. They have ‘it’ — whatever ‘it’ is these days.
Straight from San Francisco, The Stone Foxes’ latest single, “Everybody Knows,” starts off with a thrusting harmonica, pulsating electric guitar and lyrics that hook you in right away. The story behind the song relates to an Edgar Allen Poe short story called ” The Tell-Tale Heart,” which the music video closely follows.
The quartet consists of Aaron Mort, (bass, guitar, vocals), Elliott Peltzman (organ, piano), and brothers Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals) and Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals). The band formed while they were at San Francisco State in 2008, and have steadily grown a following by playing festivals such as Outside Lands and Wakarusa.
Their upcoming album, Small Fires, was produced by Doug Boehm (Girls, Dr. Dog, The Vines). Together they were able to cut 12 songs in 12 days at Los Angeles’ Carriage House. “We had to seriously bust ass,” says Shannon. “We dove way deeper into what we could do recording wise than we ever had in the past, and we had way less time. I think intentionally recording 12 songs in 12 days kept us really focused.” Small Fires drops February 12, 2013, and is anything but small.
Watch the video and download their latest single for free here.
Like what you hear? Can’t get enough? Check them out live at the venues below.
2/8/2013 Los Angeles CA, El Rey Theatre w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
2/12/2013 San Francisco CA, Amoeba Records
2/13/2013 Oakland CA, The New Parish Music Hall w/ Mahgeetah and The Black Cobra Vipers
2/14/2013 Arcata CA, Jambalaya w/ The Trouble
2/15/2013 Eugene OR, John Henry’s
2/16/2013 Portland OR, Winter Blues Music Festival
2/17/2013 Seattle WA, Sunset Tavern
3/2/2013 Fresno CA, Fulton 55
3/3/2013 San Luis Obispo CA, SLO Brew
3/5/2013 Fullerton CA, The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen
3/6/2013 San Diego CA, The Casbah
3/7/2013 Las Vegas NV, Backstage Bar w/ The Dirty Hooks and Jack & The B-Fish
3/8/2013 Flagstaff AZ, The Green Room
3/31/2013 Vienna VA, Jammin Java
4/2/2013 New York NY, Mercury Lounge
4/3/2013 Cambridge MA, Middle East w/ Mojo Kick
4/4/2013 Philadelphia PA, Milkboy
4/9/2013 Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom
4/10/2013 Cincinnati OH, MOTR Pub