Local alt-rock band Sounds of Blackfox has released its debut LP, Sometimes Things Work Out, even though it may not feel that way a lot of the time.
“I feel like it’s one of those names — like The Death of the Author — that can have more meaning than originally intended, that can have a lot of space for other people to interpret and add to,” said guitarist J.C. Player about the project’s title.
And not to mention sometimes things work out in the sense that the band went from messing around in a shed to actually getting a whole album recorded, he said.
The new song, “Out on a Limb,” encapsulates Blackfox’s style that moves from light and airy to more heavy and distorted, Player said of the four-piece that includes frontman Tyler Thirkettle, bassist Adam Seith and drummer Darran Jones.
While the accessories on the songs are different, he said, overall it’s Thirkettles’s soulful vocals and Seith’s driving bass lines interlock the new album.
“The songs have similar textures but different seasoning.”
Standout track, “Witcher,” has some Americana elements with the acoustic backing bringing a folkiness to the Grateful Dead style electric guitar jams, while “BumBumBum” and “Lips Like Lavender” are ruled by upbeat bass lines. “Devil” is a rolling blues rock progression, and “Silk & Linen” is a jazz-inspired indie tune like the earlier Blackfox single, “Let You Go.”
With a Nashville show possibly on the horizon, Blackfox is focused on local gigs this fall, with Fatty’s Beer Works Sept. 17, Purple Buffalo Oct. 1 and The Pour House Oct. 4.