The Foxholes, Sci-Fox, 2017

the foxholes - sci-foxThe Foxholes have been featured here before, making this their second release on these pages. And from a dialect, we now move on to Spanish as the language of choice. But no translations this time.

The album opens however with the instrumental title track. Or actually part 1 to be more accurate. And it is a prime example of how to build up such a track. Just like the other instrumental tracks they have on offer, Andromeda Blues and part 2. Themes, riffs and breaks are glued together in such a manner that the song has a clear identity. And the sound is just very transparent, yet powerful, great job!  And speaking of powerful, next track La Ciencia De La Confusion opens with a very attractive hook! It immediately sucks you in, especially since it is based on a groove Led Zeppelin would have been proud of. But the guys manage to work a little beyond that idiom, adding textures and parts that sometimes turn it into a more progressive song. Anyway, great track. And even though I barely understand any Spanish, it does not withhold me from enjoying all I hear.
Mephistopheles is the shortest track on the album. Very catchy chorus, and the use of dynamics is plain clever. In a perfect world this would have the potential to become a hit. Tierra Ni Hogar continues the high level of songwriting, and the same goes for the bonus track Cada Miércoles.

In my book there is only one flaw with the album, with 7 songs and less than 40 minutes it is a bit short. But we can’t have all now can we.


The Foxholes, Un Mal Menor, 2016

the foxholes - un mal menorOkay, this is great idea: a pseudo compilation album! From a band I had yet never heard of before either. So on to some info: The Foxholes are a trio, consisting of Jonah A. Luke on guitar and vocals, Vincenc Molina on drums and vocals and Carmelo Gomez on bass. As far as I can tell they are from Spain and this is not their first album (duh).

Named after the only as yet unreleased opening track, this trio delivers 9 songs and almost 39 minutes of a very pleasant brand of somewhat psychedelic rock. What struck me most was the almost constant duo harmony singing, giving them an unique voicing I think. Three of the songs are sung in Spanish, the other six in English, but this language change did not bother me at all. From the art I deducted that they have released albums in 2009, 2010 and 2011, but that might be incomplete.

In the end, what counts are the songs, and those are easy on the ears. Good melodies, and enough spice in the arrangements to enjoy them on repeat. So yes, I liked it!