Young Fox "Predecessors"
by Andrew Funderburk ( on 2014-08-04 15:19:48

For two years, a work has been in the making. This work has been quietly being made, but four days ago the noise of Young Fox emerged. Based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Young Fox is comprised of four members, whose motivation in making music, according to bass player Marty Lunn, is “to put something beautiful into the world.” To do that, Young Fox has drawn from the lives of literal and figurative predecessors who have left their mark on the band’s lives. Young Fox has taken those imprints and have indeed “put something beautiful into the world” with their debut EP, Predecessors.

The five-song EP opens up with Single Phase, despite near minute-long intro, offers an incredible composition of music. The song seems to point to a tug-of-war relationship. “Won’t you back away from me/I’m dancing here on the edge/You won’t even begin to see/I won’t be here in the end.” Gather Up the Flowers follows by presenting a more introspective feeling with the music, which is dreamy, yet still grungy. With this song the band, in their own special way, muses about mortality. “Gather up the flowers/Pull the curtains for the show/Raise the hand that counts the hours/A sight to see a place to go.” The mid-point of Predecessors brings us to the lead single of the project, The Answer. The song seemingly comes from a place of pain, yet finding release in the answer to pain, “learn to love and be loved” and “to try on forgiveness.” The EP begins to come to a close with what feels a little more like a cacophony of sound, The Diet of Worms.

Predecessors feels like a mid-way point between hard rock and pop rock, which gives off a more pleasant sound to the listener, while at the same time, capturing the attention of more than one audience. Because of their unique sound, Young Fox is able not to be pinned down in a certain genre. The same could be similarly said about their lyrics. Despite there being meaning in the songs, sometimes the lyrics can be somewhat cryptic, possibly making the listener wonder just exactly what the lyrical content encapsulates.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Spartan Records
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

Single Phase (4:13)
Gather up the Flowers (4:06)
The Answer (5:33)
Diet of Worms (3:23)
Define the End (3:42)

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