In 2013 vocalist Mark Holley founds with drummer Ant Thornton and bassist Tristan Jane the british rock trio Black Foxxes in Exeter, South West England, just a few weeks before the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP Pines.
The trio wrote and rehearsed the five visceral songs that would make up the EP in the humble environs of a scout hut in Plymouth. But the electrically-charged nervous energy that came out in Holley’s songwriting translated into a wealth of positive press coverage across the country, including from the likes of Kerrang!, Rock Sounds, Punktastic and BBC Radio 1’s very own Rock Show host Daniel P. Carter. Their debut album, I’m Not Well, is released by Spinefarm Records on 19th August 2016.
Black Foxxes have enjoyed a fairly rapid ascension in their three years together as a band. But despite a gaggle of major labels chomping at the bit to sign them after the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP Pines, the three young men kept their feet planted firmly on terra firma.
The smart money suggests the chances of Black Foxxes going down that route are pretty remote. They’ve already enthralled crowds across the country supporting the likes of Milk Teeth and The Dear Hunter, and converted masses of fans at festivals across the country, including Download, 2000Trees and Reading & Leeds. That they’ve done this with no pretence, flash or gimmicks is a sign of the positive direction rock music is beginning to take, after roughly a decade of style over substance posturing from a plethora of young bands afraid to write songs with any validity. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder and crohn’s disease, the subjects Black Foxxes tackle directly affect Mark’s everyday life.