Up and coming indie rockers Young Fox have been working tirelessly on music for a little while now, and it appears that this hard work is finally beginning to pay off. The Pennsylvania natives were recently signed to the Seattle-based indie label Spartan Records, where their debut EP, Predecessors, was released a little over a week ago. From as early as the first note of the opening track, it’s apparent why Spartan Records signed this quartet.
The EP opens with a tambourine-driven intro before the rest of the instruments come in. What ensues is an intricately-layered song in “Single Phase.” The underlying guitar parts throughout the entire track are really what make this track stand out so much. “Gather up the Flowers” is an edgier rocker with louder guitars and a half-time feel, making it fun to tap your foot to. Singer Luke Cypher’s vocals are on point, his lyrics are introspective, and the bridge is almost spacey.
“The Answer” comes next, and is not only the longest song on the EP, but perhaps the best as well. Once again the guitar takes the forefront, and the result is ethereal yet still edgy enough to rock out to. The interesting part about “The Answer” is that what you’d think is bridge is actually the ending of the song. This leaves no room for a final chorus, as with traditional song structures. The searing guitars are left to fade away into nothing, only adding to the effect.
“Diet of Worms” follows. Along with the already-established stellar guitar work, the drumming in “Diet of Worms” gives it even more of a kick. “Define the End” is the final song on the EP, and although the bassline has been prominent in all of the previous songs, it somehow shines through quite a bit on the EP closer, particularly in the verses. It’s the perfect way to close out Predecessors.
Young Fox is a band that will be making waves for years to come. With the release of their debut EP, Predecessors, the Pittsburgh-based quartet has put themselves on the map. The layering of instrumentation is well thought-out and on-point, with a nice blend of haunting melodies and a louder, more aggressive nature. Predecessors is beautiful yet eerie; groovy yet unrelenting. It’s everything that’s loved about indie rock, but without all of the tiring clichés. The rockers have crafted an EP with not a single bad song. Overall it’s a stellar release that leaves listeners eager to hear more from the group.