Three Legged Fox is an indie/rock/reggae fusion band from the great city of Philadelphia. Immediately two things stick out as you listen to their newest release Watch the World. Firstly, it is clear that the band (consisting of Kyle Wareham, John Duxbury, Mark Carson, Kory Kochersperger, and Chris Duddy) are all incredibly skilled at their craft. The musicality present throughout this record is such a strong driving force behind why the music is so great. Every melody has meaning and every rhythm rounds out the songs perfectly.
Secondly, Three Legged Fox are naturals at writing relatable and uplifting music. To take music that is a fusion of multiple styles and create something that is great for the radio but also meaningful is a special gift. So much “mainstream” sounding music these days follow a repetitive formula and Three Legged Fox are a refreshing break from that.
The constant switching of styles isn’t jarring, but rather seems like a natural transition in the overall themes explored in Watch the World. In the words of the band:
“After putting out some darker albums it was important to us to make a big sounding album that felt like a celebration of life. These are strange and chaotic times, but there’s a romance in living through that, and we wanted to make something you can dance and sing to.”
That statement really hones in on what you feel as you listen to Watch the World. You feel joy in a really pure way. As a guy who generally is a massive cynic (or some would say “miserable bastard” lol), even I can say that I felt just a little bit happier for the duration of my listening experience. Music’s greatest, well one of its greatest, gifts is the ability to pull you out of your own head.
Watch the World absolutely accomplishes this, and it is a record I highly recommend. Trust me on this one.
Standout track: Ultraviolet
Get your copy of Watch the World at digital stores like iTunes
Pop punk has been experiencing a renaissance of sorts with the new blink-182 lineup including Matt Skiba. Additionally Green Day has released a timely new record that sends all kinds of nostalgia towards the generation that cut their teeth on Warning and American Idiot.
It is perhaps this nostalgia that first drew me in when I listened to Nothing to Write Home About, an EP from Boston-based Last Letters. Last Letters is the brainchild of Charles Iwuc; a veteran of the New England pop/punk scene. As he put it to me, “my album tends to fall into the emo/pop/rock genre… These songs are completely self-produced and were recorded in my home studio in Boston.”
The songs on Nothing to Write Home About are infectious, melodious, and honestly beautiful. I felt like a teenager again listening to this record; back when Brand New was singing about their ex-girlfriend leaving America for an English boy, and Yellowcard talked about being 18, sleeping all day, staying up all night.
Everything that made bands like the aforementioned great is present here. Make no mistake, Last Letters has a sound of all its own. The music on this EP isn’t formulaic and it has its own identity within such a beloved genre.
Honestly, to get a little personal here, I was having a really awful day when I went to write this review. Doing this review brought me to a better mental state. It brought me back to the good old days, and it felt amazing. THAT is the power of music that matters.
I truly urge you not to miss out on experiencing Nothing to Write Home About for yourself.
Nothing to Write Home About by Last Letters can be found on iTunes and Spotify.
You may remember the UK electro-rock band KLOQ from my interview with them a while back. I was given exclusive access to their upcoming EP called The Gun which drops a few weeks from now. From start to finish The Gun EP is a blast of aggressive and grooving electronica infused rock. The synths of Oz Morsley wash over you as the rest of the instruments pull you into a chaotic world that you don’t want to leave. Dean Goodwin’s lyrics and vocal melodies hook you from the start, Alex Baker‘s (who has now been replaced by Ben Woolf) drum beats punch you in the gut with their sheer force, and Tim Jackson‘s bass lines flow through the songs like the thread holding the whole thing together.
KLOQ describes their sound as “Punktronica.” This label really makes sense in light of my listening through The Gun EP as there is this primal force contained within this record that is just as alive and unbridled as a punk show. This is no ordinary punk rock experience, however, as it is a trip into dystopia and a psychotic dream-state that becomes almost like a drug you need.
If you want to take a break from all the niceties that infects today’s synth-rock scene (indie or otherwise), I suggest you give KLOQ’s new record a try. The Gun EP is coming soon (free limited time download on August 28 and official release on September 26), you should get it and experience it for yourself when it releases.