Rock trio Stoned Cold Fox aren’t afraid to embrace the blustery, frenetic and often over-the-top history of rock and roll. In fact, they cling to its theatricality and melodic roar – it’s what guides their work and results in a sound that’s simultaneously familiar and intensely unique. Where other bands settle for an imitation of rock ideals, Stoned Cold Fox aim for something a bit more in-depth, a bit more substantive in its exploration of the band’s influences and inspirations.
Buoyed by the complicated dynamism of singer-guitarist Trevor “Cash” Card, bassist Dakari “Dizzy FN” Dean and drummer Chris “The Captain” Blankenship, the band inhabits a hyper-rock landscape of searing guitar riffs, thudding basslines and chest-rattling percussion. And while their work is invariably littered with nods to their own heroes, they’re able to find a way to display these blistering rhythms and melodies without sacrificing their individuality, lifting them from beneath the weight of those histories and presenting them as something to be both revered and deconstructed.
Earlier this year, they performed at Songbirds in Chattanooga and tested out some new material for the audience. Among those new songs was “Bad Dog,” a jolting brew of classic rock archetypes that found the band exploring the limits of the genre. Trevor’s guitar erupted, Dakari’s bass thumped, and Chris’ drums thundered into the bones of everyone present. Thankfully, the performance was captured on film, and the band released it as a testament to the dexterity and chaos of their live shows. It’s a rock wonder and one that’ll leave your body sweaty and aching and anxious for more.