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Foxtrax At Molly Malone’s, Wednesday June 29th 2016

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Foxtrax

 

Saying that Foxtrax put some enthusiasm in their performance would certainly be an understatement. The young and upcoming band was playing at Molly Malone’s on Wednesday night, in anticipation of the release (on July1st) of their five track EP, ‘The Cabin’, recorded and produced by Reed Black [Karen O, Vampire Weekend, Erin McKeown]) and Ben Roulston (Wolf Alice, Florence and the Machine).

The trio made of Jon Stenz on drums, Jared Stenz on bass and Ben Schneid on vocals and guitar,was on fire and played a fierce set, putting a lot of energy and sweat in their intricate songs, which couldn’t be easily labeled one way or another. The music was most of the time intense and cathartic, with a bit of blues, jazz and of course rock ‘n’ roll. They have been compared to Foster The People, Kings Of Leon, Coldplay and Foals and if I didn’t really hear much of all these artists, I though that their charismatic frontman Ben Schneid, constantly standing on toes, tense veins in the neck, was singing with the force of a young Springsteen, and the physique of a Chris Martin… to pursue the Coldplay comparison… There was a lot of dynamism and muscles in their performance and their style was producing some big uplifts, with a bloating sound making everyone clap of enthusiasm, during ‘Indie Rocker B’, or even bluesy instrumentals – ‘Last Chance Blues’, a song that Schneid introduced with a ‘This is where we come from’.

They are a young and fresh band from Long Island, NY, formed very recently at the beginning of 2015, but they already had an impressive stage presence and especially an amazing confidence in their music and impulsive songs. You could say they are an indie or alt-rock band, but the surprising eclectic musical twists, combined with the dynamism they displayed on stage, didn’t produce a dull moment. They actually were the type of band to convince anyone of their brilliance and passion at the first live show.

Many of their songs had a modern angle, often nursing an anthem for chorus, very often turning into a bombast that would eventually swell and burst during some of their songs, and they were certainly mixing the genres, looking like a modest indie band with a U2 envy. And I am not saying this pejoratively, even as a trio, their sound was big and triumphant, even ambitious, with a stadium view in sight.

With the same enthusiasm they had shown all set long, they told us they had now declared LA their new home, visibly happy to live the California dream, and singing a song ‘about leaving NY’, ‘City of Lights’.

Despite an athletic performance and a few jumps on the drum set, it wasn’t all about muscles and testosterone, there were a few cool and breezy falsettos and sentimental howls.

For an emerging band, I could tell there were already many very fervent fans in the room, furthermore, they sold out the Mercury Lounge in New York City a few days ago. Now, the very confident Foxtrax just has to conquer the rest of the world

Setlist
Feeling Alright
Indie Rocker B
Go It Alone
Last Chance Blues
Waiting For You
Dark of the Night
On the Run
Everything’s Changing
City of Lights
Underwater
I’ll Be Back For You

More pictures here

 

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