By Caroline Herring

While alt-rock band Sounds of Blackfox may be new to the Charleston scene, the group has made a solid contribution to the Lowcountry’s infinite playlist with two new singles, “Let You Go” and “Debutante.” 

The group of 20-somethings consists of frontman Tyler Thirkettle, bassist Adam Seith and drummer Darran Jones from Summerville, and guitarist JC Player, a recent Charleston transplant by way of Florence.

The Blackfox boys kicked off a string of performances this year at a backyard show with local indie hip-hop artist Tyrie back in January. Deciding to get serious with releasing finished material, the band made its way to Headwater Entertainment Group’s studio in Nashville in March to lay down some scratch tracks that were brought to West Ashley’s 100 Watt Studios for development. 

The band’s sound is powered by improvisational compositions layered on open chord progressions, with inspiration gleaned from the garage rock of Space Jane, the new wave of The Talking Heads, the alt punk of Sublime and the funk metal of Primus. 

“Our sound is, for better or for worse, pretty all over the place,” Player said, adding that while people may tend to like cohesive projects, Blackfox’s strength lies in keeping listeners on their toes. “We also like playing different types of stuff because it’s more entertaining for us.” 

“I categorize ‘Let You Go’ as semi-jazzy alternative sad-boy music,” Player said of the new track filled with serenading vocals and twanging guitar riffs. Thirkettle sings: “I give in I always do when it comes right down to you / You’re my weakness, my predilection.”

“Debutante” is a Southern gothic rock ballad that starts softly and builds a heaviness as it explores truths that don’t stay buried. 

The group looks forward to getting more acquainted with the locals as time goes on. “I’ve been listening to a bunch of the people around town since I moved here, and it would be cool to play shows alongside them,” Player said. “Charleston itself has one of the highest rates of talent per capita, I would say.” 

Just like throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks when writing songs, Blackfox doesn’t hold onto a specific outcome for its debut. “We don’t care about ‘being’ anything. We just want to play music to whoever would enjoy listening to it.” 

Sounds of Blackfox play indie night at Purple Buffalo June 11.


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