For the past couple of months, we’ve seen the name Black Foxxes pop up quite a bit on social media as they have been out supporting the likes of Fort Hope and Nothing But Thieves. After the constant chatter and comparisons to Brand New and Manchester Orchestra, we decided that we definitely didn’t want to get left behind and gave the Exeter based trio a listen.
We will admit that we are a little late to the bandwagon, with Black Foxxes releasing their debut EP Pines back in November 2014. What we discovered surprised us, seeing as the EP was actually recorded just a few months after the band’s formation. An intricate coalescence of heavy guitar riffs and singer Mark Holley‘s constant deviation between clean vocals and agonised screams, Pines has got us hooked.
Black Foxxes have clearly mastered the act of effortlessly veering between harmonious melodies and breakdowns, leaving the listeners on a constant emotional roller coaster ride. This is paired with deeply poetic lyrics that don’t give you a concrete story, and it’s always beautiful to be able to create your own meaning to the words. With lots of young bands starting off to quite rocky starts with clear room for improvement, this band has clearly found their own sound and know exactly what it is they’re doing.
Based on their debut offering, it won’t surprise us if we see and hear a lot more from these guys this upcoming year. Black Foxxes is currently also busy writing new music and we’re really excited to see what more they bring to the table!