The Stone Foxes kickstart their blues-inspired rock anthems the way you would fire up an old motorcycle. She's gonna puff out some oil smoke, but there's a whole lot of life left in that machine. It seems like the bike has only gotten better with age. You can ride it harder. Dents and scuff only add character.
We've really been digging The Stone Foxes' latest album, Small Fires. Organ, Harmonica, fuzzed-out bass, distortion-laden solos, driving drums, howling vocals, biblical references, and sing-alongs abound. It's all unabashedly American, honest, unpretentious, and fun.
The Stone Foxes will play MOTR Pub this coming Wednesday, April 10. We thought you might like to get to know them beforehand. Here's 10 questions that will help you get acquainted . . .- We're doing this interview from . . . our van that we call "The Maple Bar," about an hour outside of Austin, TX.
- Recording Small Fires was like . . . eating several tasty treats and being both full and satisfied. It felt like we finally said what we wanted to say lyrically. We got out of a garage and into a studio to get the beefy sound we've always wanted. It was hard to let go of our walls plastered with nasty mattresses from the streets, but we got over it.
Where did you draw inspiration for your latest album, Small Fires?
The songs are political, religious, and driven by our experiences through the recession. It just seemed like all of our lyrics had deep conflict running within the characters of each story, so we kept that theme through the record. There are stories that come from living in San Francisco, being kicked out of our house because of foreclosure, personal relationships, and our own personal convictions. Musically, we tried to take our roots in the blues and expand on them farther than we have before. There aren't anymore blues covers, and the dynamics are more drastic than on our previous records.
What drives you guys?
We believe that each show should be kick ass and that music can be a powerful tool for unity and change. We don't believe in being preachy, but we do want to share our convictions lyrically. These are some of the reasons for why we have now partnered with SuperFood Drive, and we'll be collecting healthy non-parishable foods at out shows for those in need.
It's 2:30 in the afternoon on a Wednesday, you are . . . asleep in the van driving to a venue, rejuvenating our bodies so that we can awake like vampires and party deep into the night!
Other than your home in San Francisco, the best place in the world is . . . our mom and dad's house in Tollhouse, CA. And no, it's not the place where they make the cookies.
A person's greatness is measured by . . . his or her actions.
SXSW is like . . . a hot tub. It's awesome and sweaty while you're in it, but once you're out the cool air is refreshing.
What's the weirdest thing that's happened to you lately?
We just met a guy in Marffa, TX, who said a woman honked at him so he followed her for six blocks til she pulled over. He got out and told her to shove her horn up her ass. Small town ethics 101.
What are you most looking forward to about visiting Cincinnati?
We love coming to Cincinnati to see the river and play. We haven't played there since we've put out the new record, so we're excited to come and share the new music with you guys!