“You Gotta Grow”/”River”
Deutschland ist real cool. That’s what the in-flight magazine provided by the wonderful people at GermanWings told us, anyways. We believe them. To our knowledge, very much as an outsider up until super recently (in a super cool-brag-bro kinda way, our chosen occupation does take us to some interesting settings around the world, but remarkably for several reasons we haven’t really scratched the proverbial surface of Berlin before), the German capital appears to be a hub for cultural advancement and indeed seems to be setting the tone in the ostensible world of the arts for some time now. Which is our long-ass way of saying that it is good for music. Whilst sitting in a Vietnamese restaurant in the aforementioned setting with our gracious and very generous hosts, the topic of conversation somewhat typically (it has come to our attention that we don’t usually allow other people to speak in official meeting-settings very often) turned to us issuing deeply probing and in-depth questions like “who is your favourite artist of all time?”, “what’s the best burger you’ve ever had?”, and “when was the last time you cried to a song or gig?”. The true emo within us shineth forth. We had some interesting answers, and we’re delighted to hang out with true men who know how to feel properly. Speaking of feelings, current Track Of The Day’ers Black Foxxes seem to have plenty of them as well as a willingness to convey these emotions in a rather elaborate format that the kids are going around calling “music” these days. Bloody kids. A three-piece hailing from Exeter according to Facebook legend (thanks for the tippy-tip from our bud Sarah Maynard), you may well be forgiven upon listening to either You Gotta Grow or River that these guys from New Jersey given their penchant for purveying soundwaves that we’d otherwise associate with stemming from the North American continent. Not that it’s a problem. If it was shite, it would be. But it ain’t. Quite the opposite, we think. This is possibly the closest-sounding to Manchester Orchestra we’ve heard a new British band, whihc makes us very happy indeed. Further happiness stems from other peeps we reckon this lot sound like, which includes but is by no means limited to latter-day Thrice, Brand New, Middle Class Rut and Coheed & Cambria. Here’s hoping we get our act together and see them live soon, seeing as we managed to not catch them in London yesterday. But we were abroad, innit. Allow us.
Black Foxxes – You Gotta Grow[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VIzeOIB7Gk]
Black Foxxes – River[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viaM0SvWsx0]