It is said of those who leave Albuquerque, NM, that there is a mysterious force at work compelling them to move back. Under the spell of this strange force, a trio of highschool friends found their way back to Albuquerque and into the garage, resulting in the Foxx. Juliet (of Teenbeat phenoms The Rondelles) makes a pact with Isaac, their former roadie, to share songwriting and vocal duties together. One time keyboardist Zac learns bass in two hours, and drummer Ryan lights up a cigarette... 9 months later they have a demo. The Foxx flex their music muscle, latching on to just about anything that seems to work, from country ballads to glam, doo-wop covers to hard rock. Their music lies somewhere between these influences, in a pop and rock conglomerate (a new genre - "pock"?? perhaps not). If the early ABBA had decided to produce 50's rock covers backed by the young Redd Kross, The Foxx would no doubt want to open for them. If Tommy James and the boys from Mud got together with Connie Francis, the girls of Heart, and Billy Childish, and they all dressed up accordingly, it might be a little something like this. The Foxx credits many influences; among them the aforementioned. Describing the Foxx is like describing the Great Pyramids (they must be seen to be beheld), but herein lies a brief but encompassing description of those musical artists which have inspired this group to sally forth, rock, and ham it up; those before us who have given the Foxx its feet - or paws, as it were: The Spiders from Mars and what's-his-name, The Shocking Blue, Mud, The Sweet, Billy Childish and his manifestations, Ike and Tina Turner, The Archies, The Nazz, Brian Eno, The Zombies, Wizzard, Tommy James and the Shondells, T. Rex, The Pandoras, Dusty Springfield, The Paul Collins Beat, bubblegum music, country and western music, rhythm and blues music, and the motown beat.
Venus Zine says:
The Foxx hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and represent what I hope is a burgeoning movement in the rock revival world -- the return of glitter rock. On this self-titled debut, the Foxx, comprised of Juliet Legend (formerly of the Rondelles) and Izzy Bonnell on shared vocal-guitar duties, Zac Webb on bass, and Ryan Rail on drums, draw on the sound of '70s glam rock (think Mud, T. Rex) to create foot-stomping, pop anthems.
While the Rondelles were often described as a punky, '60s girl group, the Foxx seem based in the '70s, creating sophisticated guitar numbers that make you think the Rondelles were only hinting at Juliet's talent on the guitar. Izzy sounds like what David Bowie would if he decided to sing "Happy Together," and Zac and Ryan provide a dynamite rhythm section.
The girl/boy vocals make the Foxx infinitely more interesting and just a lot more fun than all the recent male-fronted garage revival bore. "Bands (Don't Want Me To Dance)" makes you want to bop around your living room while "Sad Desperation" is reminiscent of a Holly Golightly ballad. I can't figure out what makes the Foxx sound so unique; perhaps the Albuquerque isolation has kept the Foxx from becoming part of current music trends. Hopefully the quartet will start their own trend -- originality and the return of the pop anthem.
Check out the artist's website:http://www.the-foxx.com
2. Ready to Go
3. Bands (don't want me to dance)
4. Too Much Love
5. Chinese Stare
6. Sad Desperation
7. Strange Reaction
8. Used to Didn't be
9. Last Phonecall
10. The Ballad of Buddy Holly