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Review: Fox and the Law, “Stoned to Death”

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Review: Fox and the Law, “Stoned to Death”

“The guitars and vocals are abrupt and halt you in your tracks. The drums will be driving a backbeat for days. The melodies will completely sneak up on you. And that’s what ultimately separates Fox and the Law from their heavy rock contemporaries.”

Artist: Fox and the Law

Album: Stoned to Death

Genre: Heavy Glam Rock

RIYL: T Rex, Queens of the Stone Age, The Stooges

Fox and the Law Stoned to Death

Turn the volume up really loud before you press play on Stoned to Death, the new album from Seattle’s Fox and the Law. You’re going to want to make sure you experience this one in all its heavy blues glam rock glory. Let the massive guitar lines wash over you and the drums beat you over the head like they’re meant to. Then imagine yourself listening to this live, covered in sweat, beer and some other unidentifiable substance and, well, you get the idea…

The first few seconds of “Cheap Talk,” the lead track on Stoned to Death, immediately put me in the position to recapture the youthful enthusiasm I felt when I had my first experience listening to Seattle bands a few years back - namely Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney and Love Battery. There’s an unapologetic confidence, passion and visceral quality to those artists that’s carried into the current scene in Seattle by Fox and the Law. And that confidence. That’s what sets great Seattle bands apart from others; I always get a thrill when I see a band like Fox and the Law because they do their own thing, and they do it with swagger and style.  So when “Cheap Talk” comes out swinging right in your face in all its guitar-laden, drum-driving glory, it’s hard not to fall under their devious spell immediately.

“Nod to the Devil” and “Let It Ride” take their turn as album standouts; the frenetic performances and lyrical content is disruptive and manages to beg and borrow a bit from bands like the Buzzcocks and T Rex, but they’re twisted into something new. And then there’s “Emily,” which has quickly become a favorite, and serves as something of a precursor to the real star of the show, “Ripped Off.” This track has it all, and capitalizes on the musicality and depth of influences this band looks to for inspiration. From the stark beginning through the slow sexy build (with phenomenal backing vocals), this track delivers the drama with efficiency and clarity.

The guitars and vocals are abrupt and halt you in your tracks. The drums will be driving a backbeat for days. The melodies will completely sneak up on you. And that’s what ultimately separates Fox and the Law from their heavy rock contemporaries. Underneath the grit and grime, the heavy bass, and the seedy seduction of frontman Guy Keltner’s piercing vocals, the songwriting is there. And it’s performed by a bunch of guys who are doing more than making big noise, they’re quite literally capturing magic in a bottle…and then dumping it all over you in the front row of their next live show.


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  1. You had me at “Buzzcocks” and “T.Rex.”


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