Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


Sounds like

Bombay Bicycle Club, Django Django, Cloud Control


band members

Lachlan Smart - vocals, keys, guitar. Mitchell Gardoll - guitar, vocals. Matt Smail - percussion, vocals.


Website

www.foxandfowl.com

Bio

Fox & Fowl have firmly cemented themselves as one of Brisbane’s most promising up-and-coming bands since the release of their debut EP in April 2014. Selling out numerous venues including Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane, MUM at World Bar in Sydney and (almost) The Toff In Town in Melbourne for their EP launch tour, they’re clearly on a speedy upward trajectory.

The band capped off last year supporting bands such as We Are Scientists, Eagle & The Worm, The Trouble With Templeton, British India, as well as an East Coast tour with Hightails and an absolutely packed headline show at Sydney’s Standard Bowl.

It was a huge year.

Then, out of nowhere, enter super producer Steven Schram. The news came through that the band had won a grant through John Butler’s The Seed Fund to head down to Melbourne and record with Schram (San Cisco, Paul Kelly, Eagle & The Worm). The result of this session was two brand new songs: both showcasing the band forging ahead in a brave new direction.

Schram picked the band out of hundreds of entrants and was immediately struck by their energy and penchant for clever pop songwriting. Once in the studio, Schram took the songs and, with the band, moulded them into a new sound for the group over four days in Melbourne.

A refreshed sound is immediately evident with the first listen of these new Fox & Fowl songs. This is not only thanks to Schram, but also the band’s own need to move forward, to reinvent their sound, to discover a new way of writing and playing their music. The band constantly questioned themselves during recording, trying every idea suggested, no matter how unusual. What emerged was something that threw off the shackles of their previous work and took Fox & Fowl’s music to a whole new place.

First cab off the rank is single Eliza, a beautifully crafted indie pop dancefloor filler, with second single to follow not long after. So keep an ear out, Fox & Fowl are sure to be a big part of Australian music this year.

Review

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

30 Apr 2015

Triple J
40

Big winner right here. You do a really good job of showing how broad your palette is with that wavey, Banff-y stuff at the start and then you kick it into gear. It's great.

Big winner right here. You do a really good job of showing how broad your palette is with that wavey, Banff-y stuff at the start and then you kick it into gear. It's great.