Monday, January 18, 2010

Band full of punctuation ... and surprises

Trying to get a fix on Fox? What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, that is. The band that has more punctuation in its name than any group in any genre, driving copy editors everywhere crazy, and a performance style that does the same thing to anyone trying to nail it down. Yeah, well, good luck with that. Even Fox frontman Brian King, who will perform as a solo act Jan. 28 at Governor Dummer, er, The Governor's Academy, finds it a challenge. He makes a joke about the band’s striking “the perfect balance between gloom and glam.” Which sounds good and feels right, but doesn’t quite get there - - like the phrase “acoustic noir,” an attempt to summarize the sound on the Gloucester-based band’s Web page, or fan-suggested similes like “the Eurhythmics at a carnival.” The sound, again summarizing the band profile, is rooted in folk and blues, but filtered through cabaret and alt-rock. Think Dresden Dolls, maybe Tiger Lilies, but, don’t get comfy with the descriptions or think yourself clever for coming up with them. They hit the mark, but only in a broad sense. Nah, this isn’t going to be easy.

Read more at North Shore Art Throb.

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