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Reviewed by Kane Power

Black Fox Trio: Rhythm Is Your King EP

Reviewed by Kane Power

Black Fox Trio: Rhythm Is Your King EP

Mr. Selleck is a groovy classic rock tune with a catchy AC/DC-style chorus riff and from this point on ‘Rhythm Is Your King’ is entirely convincing. There’s an infectious enthusiasm throughout this debut EP – Christchurch’s Black Fox Trio sound like they are having fun – and aren’t taking themselves too seriously. Stand out tracks Bit By The Snake and Sookie highlight a talent for composition and melody. The vocals on Sookie in particular showcase the potential Tim Heeringa has, the build-up and lift for the last chorus is goosebump material. Production and recording by the enigmatic Ben Edwards at The Sitting Room is quality, the consideration for genre and attention to individual strengths makes ‘RIYK’ thrive. Likewise, mixing from Alex Harmer and the mastering by Ben Delany suit the band well, offering an ideal representation of their strongest assets. It’s hard not to make comparisons to acts like Queens Of The Stone Age and the aforementioned AC/DC, as there is an element of imitation, but look, that’s where every good band starts. As Black Fox Trio progress I’m sure a unique sound will develop, and this EP is a perfect platform for progression, a compelling release from an exciting new band punching well above their weight.