We’ve been busy celebrating our awesome Featured Artist The Stone Foxes – and by ‘celebrating’ we mean a) posting lots of stuff about them, and b) cranking their records incredibly loud and dancing around with a bottle of whiskey in each hand until 4.30 in the morning. Mainly b), to be fair, but that’s just how we roll.
So far we’ve featured an exclusive article on the band and taken a look at their favorite songs of the moment … but what about their fellow BAMM.tv artists? We cracked open the vaults and allowed the Foxes to have a good old rummage through. They picked out the moments that inspired them the most. Want to take a look at them? Sure you do.
You’ve probably already noticed that we’ve elected rock-legends-in-waiting The Stone Foxes as our Featured Artist. We’ve got all sorts of great Stony Foxy stuff heading your way – starting with this great playlist of the band’s favorite songs. Enjoy!
Blues, rock and country – they’re labels so simultaneously vague yet culturally ingrained that sometimes they seem to have lost all meaning. Pretty much any guitar based album in existence – and, to some extent, a number of genre-fusing hip-hop and electronic projects too – carry elements of this all-American heritage, be they proudly displayed as centerpiece artistic choices or tucked away as subtle undercurrents. Whether it’s sound, attitude, aesthetic, or a combination of all three … there are certain touchstones guitar music will always have to adhere to. Its just part of the deal, folks.
With this in mind, it’s easy to come to a natural conclusion: that to define a band as ‘blues-rock’ with hints of ‘country’ is to render them somewhat unremarkable. A drop in the ocean. A thumbprint on a skyscraper. In some cases (hell, let’s say in most cases) this wouldn’t be too far from the truth. In the case of California’s foot-stomping avengers The Stone Foxes, however, listeners can rest assured that their sound – while steeped in the vast, winding heritage mentioned above – is far from generic. Let’s put it bluntly: a rock to the head has always been a rock to the head since the first brawl between two cavemen. That doesn’t mean a perfectly-placed rock to the head in 2012 doesn’t carry with it a real fucking impact. Some things just don’t seem to mellow with age.
The Stone Foxes throw out rock with a capital R, blues with a capital B, and country with … well, maybe an odd smattering of uppercase font. Put it all together, and you’ll no longer be interested in literary deconstruction anyway – you’ll be too busy (in the time-honoured fashion of another American tradition) throwing your hands in the air like you just don’t care.
If you happen to be in San Francisco tomorrow evening, don’t forget that BAMM favorites The Stone Foxes are playing their last SF gig of the year at The Independent – your last chance for a while to catch their amazing blend of anthemic blues-rock in a live environment. If you can’t make it tomorrow (or would just like a little primer to get you in the mood) then take a look at the exclusive performance of ‘Psycho’ above.
Sometimes all you need is a bit of old-fashioned, straight-down-the-line blues rock to revive your mojo. Ideal candidates for the task, if you ask us, are San Francisco’s very own The Stone Foxes, whose above (exclusive) performance of the storming ‘Mr Hangman’ was a particular highlight of BAMM’s 2011 SXSW showcases. If this doesn’t put you in a struttin’ kind of mood, there’s probably no help for you.
Oh – and if you want to see more of these guys (and you’re in SF) head down to the Outside Lands festival this coming weekend.
If you’re feeling all partied out after July 4th and need a healthy dose of rock and roll to liven things up, check out this trailer for ‘On The Road With The Stone Foxes’. These guys are already established as BAMM favourites, and pretty soon you’ll have the chance to follow their exploits on the road to SXSW 2011 in this upcoming documentary.
Seeing as the trailer alone features all sorts of great moments, it’s a pretty safe bet that the whole thing should be an absolute blast. In the meantime, you can find out more about the Stone Foxes over at their official site – right here.