Americana UK has given Fox Tales a glowing review!
Keighley band ready for a brush with success
FF have an honesty about them, they understand what they are and what they are capable of; they are hardworking and down to earth, they are more artisan than artist. They name their influences – The Beatles, Gogo Bordello, The Coral, The Byrds, Supergrass and Johnny Cash, they describe their sound as folk rock fused with Gypsy and punk overtones, and they are true to their word. They’ve finance and released this record themselves – of course none of this can guarantee quality, being good people doesn’t mean you make good records. Thankfully though this record is a likeable as the band. As advertised the songs mix gypsy punk violins with rock guitars with a folk structure and sensibility, they drive the songs with real energy, the lead off ‘Cops and Robbers’ playing like a Balkan Levellers, whereas the following ‘Fidel Rocero’ is gentler in approach and execution, the violins dialed down and it is this variation in tone that allows this record space; if it was all a blur of gypsy strings it would quickly pale.
‘Mountains’ and ‘Banjooutro’ show that they have the chops for some Country and high-speed Bluegrass at that, a blurring kaleidoscope of strings that align into an aural smile. Aside from the mixing of genres, FF also mix the personal and the political, the one-two of ‘Do I Waste My Time?’ and ‘Rioters Queue Here’ illustrating this perfectly – what they have in common is a chorus that is a rallying cry to the dispossessed of heart and mind. The forthcoming single ‘Liars’ pits a banjo that bubbles like an aerator in an aquarium up against a bassline that’s like a house with toothache; all this spills over into a thunderous pit of guitars – it’s the true synthesis of their influences and the true source of pleasure.