The Stone Foxes – “Psycho” b/w “Serious People”

The Stone Foxes - "Psycho" b/w "Serious People"

The Stone Foxes - "Psycho" b/w "Serious People"

The Stone Foxes have apparently opened for the Black Keys before, which doesn’t surprise me in the least. The San Francisco band take many of the same cues as the Keys did early on – fuzzed out blues rock, gritty garage reverb, and plenty of 70’s inspiration – and whirl them into an impressive two track release. I recall being floored by my first listen to the Black Keys. While I don’t feel exactly the same about the Stone Foxes, there’s plenty of punch packed in to “Psycho” and “Serious People”.

The muffled vocals on “Psycho” fit well with the everything but the kitchen sink music. In addition to the expected instruments, you’ll catch organ, harmonica, and who knows what else in the mix. The guitar work is nice and sludgy and everything comes together in one of those dirty, swampy, skin tingling tornadoes that good blues rock always evokes. B-side “Serious People” takes a mellower approach with a more psychedelic vibe. It’s still a very blues rock oriented track, but the sound is a bit less sludgy and reminds me of a 70’s jamband.

Although it’s hard to be completely wowed by most blues rock these days, the Stone Foxes are blazing a pretty solid path. The band is offering both of these tracks for free download at http://thestonefoxes.com/. For that price, how can you go wrong?