The annals of rock ‘n’ roll are littered with Foxes. Foxey Lady, Fleet Foxes, Samantha Fox and now You Want Fox.
Comprising of Colette Elton (drums and gin) and Natalie Caulton (bass and gin) they sound more like a five-piece band than a mere duo and have more song hooks than a hook based shop in Hooksvilleshire.
Their’s is a joyous, and dare I say it, harmonious sound. Their combined vocals are so catchy you’d have to be a right mardy-arse not to revel in them.
Natalie’s Fender Jazz bass sounds like a full on rifferama lead guitar, all fuzzy and lovely, and Colett’es drumming is precision perfect rather like her higher pitched vocals.
There’s so much to enjoy on this this second album featuring eleven tracks of nursery rhyme grunge. From full on opener Tooth for a Tooth to the brooding Dirty Little Damsel, every damn song is a little earworm.
Black Heart sounds like The Ronettes backed by The Ramones and is as tremendous as that sounds.
You Want Fox’s latest single Liar Liar ought to be number one on all major continents, again it all comes down to airplay. DJs get your fucking act together. Stop playing Taylor Swift and Katy Perry and bang on some You Want Fox.
If you’ve seen them live you will be gagging to hear all this in a sweaty bar and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. They are one of the best Nottingham bands in years and their audiences always vociferous will lap this up, as will I.
You Want Fox tell me they have a prestigious London gig in November as part of Loud Women Present, at the legendary Hope and Anchor in that, there London-town, so all you hipster bods can get your fix of Fox.
Currently unsigned, these girls are getting fed up waiting for Sony to make the call, so if you’ve got a record label, shitloads of money and a roster that needs improving then I suggest you check ’em out.
by John Haylock