Stone Cold Fox is a New York-based rock band which just released its debut EP, The Young, on May 18. Combining the energy of rock (particularly mid-2000s post punk revival) with the acoustic strum of alt-folk, The Young is primarily a result of the collaboration between vocalist/guitarist Kevin Olken and producer/synths/keyboard player Ariel Loh. Together, they show off a great sense for writing melodic, catchy, and emotive songs that capture the spirit of being young in America.
While lead single "American" is one of the EP's standouts, I was equally impressed with "Give Up the Kids," with its alternating line between Olken and guest vocalist Madeline Mondrala, and "Father Spirit," which sounds a bit like the Killers. In particular, and I'm not even sure if I can't accurately express this, but "Give Up the Kids" has such a confident vibe, especially for a band that hasn't been together for very long. It just has this subtle, irresistible swagger, like "Yeah, we got this." Good stuff.
I anticipate big things in the future from Stone Cold Fox, but for now, The Young is an excellent introduction to this very, very exciting new band.
Watch the video for "American":
Check out one of the band's upcoming shows:
7/13/2012 - New York, NY - Living Room
8/04/2012 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
8/11/2012 - Bangor, ME - KahBang Festival