Fresh Fruit: Black Foxxes
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
We had so many arguments over fuckin’ names [laughs]! Before the guys joined the band, I started this project with two mates under the alias Quiet Houses. I’d already written River & Home before Ant and Tris joined, but they wanted a change-up in band names. Black Foxxes was decided for the sake of our sanity – we were losing our minds, so we just rolled with it… Naturally, we all hate it now.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
You’re going to realise how silly this question is when you look for my area on a map! I live in the absolute arse end of nowhere, and I love it. I guess the nearest recognisable landmark would be Stonehenge? But thats a good hour away.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Ant plays drums and Tristan plays bass. Tristan’s super power is the ability to vanish at any given moment. You’ll be due on stage in 15 minutes, turn around and he’s just gone. No one actually has any idea where he goes – I like to think its something relatively cool, but in reality he’s probably just reading an “how to perfect archery” book. Ant’s superpower is the ability to moan about anything: even good news. They’re both great.
Name your three biggest influences.
Neil Young, Dave Grohl and Rory Gallagher.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Good question! Game of Thrones and TV series take up a lot of time. A lot of music talk, obviously; highlights of festivals – who sucked, who didn’t, etc.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
I wish we had something cool, but we don’t. We sit in the back room, joke around, have a beer and play a show. I get pretty anxious, so I’ll do some vocal warm ups to take my mind off of it. Festivals are so chaotic and rushed that you don’t really get the chance to get into a routine. Just get on and go.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
The Great Escape festival was wicked. It’s mainly an industry festival: we were put on first in one of the bigger venues (like, 500 capacity?). We honestly assumed we’d rock up and play to nobody, but so many people were queuing down the street to see us that they had to turn people away. That show was so rad. It was insanely loud, and everyone was completely on board with what we had.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Foo Fighters or Biffy Clyro, I’d say. They’re just masters in their art. If we had a tour with either of those bands, we’d know we were onto something truly, truly special.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Dinosaur Jr’s new album is wicked. I’ve been listening to a lot of eclectic stuff at the moment – a band called Youngblood Brass Band, who are just so different from anything in our world. I’ve always been a big Pavement fan, but only ever checked out the hits. I’ve been blasting Wowee Zowee recently; it’s amazing.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
I’m Not Well came out on August 19th. I think it’s a really important record – I talk very openly about mental health and illness in the hope that others can relate. I think it’s an album that people will be able to come back to time and time again, and it will always stand up.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
I think Fender – I’ve got an incredible custom made Mansons guitar, but Fender just do everything so well. I use a lot of Teles and Jazzmasters: either of those through a Princeton and you’re laughing.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
I think honesty will always prevail, and we’re writing honest, raw, emotive music. There already seems to be a sway in the direction of real music again, but I look forward to the day that the radio isn’t plagued by mediocrity. I think we’re also a massively versatile band – the music we’re currently writing is very different to our first album. But in a really natural way, I don’t see that many limitations, genre-wise, with us.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
I wouldn’t even say Dave had the best beard! Lemmy had the most iconic, surely? But best… Rick Rubin. That guy is rocking it.
Wrap your ears around Black Foxxes’ latest single “Husk” below!
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