Can an instrumental recording tell a story? Red Fox Tails’ mostly instrumental new release, Aloha, certainly boasts an inherent narrative quality. When I tweet about this album I’ll liken its sound to “surfing spacemen in sombreros.”
The Red Fox Tails’ towering instrumental chops and innate knowledge of how subtleties and understatement best serve the groove form the kind of strong musical foundation that most bands only dream of.
– Richard James, San Diego Troubadour
“Once an impressive trio of Ron Bocian’s splashy drums, Felipe Benavides’ surfy electric guitar and Jay Reilly’s upright bass, the Red Fox Tails recently added saxophonist JP Balmat to the lineup, and needless to say, the North County group’s music has taken on a whole new feel. These guys have always had a remarkable touch, as evidenced on 2012′s “Aloha” album and 2011′s debut “Drop In” EP, and the new album “Ornamental Gypsy” is no different. They’re just as comfortable playing salsa or New Orleans-inspired gypsy jazz as they are playing blues-tinged lounge pop. Recorded at Bocian’s house over a six month period, the band seems to be a stronger — yet leaner — beast. Their purely instrumental aspect may be off-putting to some listeners used to hearing voices leading the way, but Benavides’ tasteful guitar lines are always so melodic that it seems a vocalist would just be a waste of space. Now, with Balmat trading time with him upfront in the solo department, the group has really come into its own. “Benson” finds the two playing in tandem during sections, while “Dancing Birds” fittingly has the two twirling around each other throughout. “Marsh Mellow” does more in 1:31 than most songs will accomplish in four minutes: A low-key groove finds subtle electric guitar whispering along to a drunken, woody bass dirge. Whether they’re encircling African rhythms (“La Patrona”), dreamy psychedelia (“Sombra”) or exotic flavors (“Chicha”), the Red Fox Tails have taken their eclectic formula to the next level. “- Dustin Lothspeich, NBC SoundDiego
For booking -Ron Bocian – 760.277-5017 – email@example.com