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The Foxes / Yeti @ Water Rats

February 22, 2008 - London, UK

By Tina Sheikh

Photos By Tina Sheikh

Foxes are on the loose

The Foxes are finally back in London after touring with Yeti for the last two months. In their short period together (formed in 2006), they've already opened for The Magic Numbers, toured in America, and had national radio play here in the UK.

These lads look and sound like a true British band. First of all, they're color coordinated with matching white jackets. Second, they sound like The Kinks. Third, well I can't think of a third, but the band is so much more than a 60's throwback. Fun tracks such as "She's a Cow" and "Twat" show a touch of humour in their songs that remind people The Foxes aren't taking themselves too seriously. However, other songs such as "Love Killer and "Run" show fans and critics they're top-notch musicians and professional songwriters.

Why these guys aren't signed is beyond me. Matching white suits and a song named "Twat"? What more could you want in a British band?


on tour with the foxes

Yet Another Yeti?

Here's all you need to know about the band Yeti. Their bass player used to be in The Libertines. The end.

I could finish this write-up here, but I'll continue on anyways. Remember the band that gave us Pete Doherty's Babyshambles and Carl Barât's Dirty Pretty Things? Well, don't forget their bassist! John Hassall's overlooked band hasn't quite caught on here like his former cohorts' offerings. Maybe it's because none of his band members are abusing drugs or dating anorexic supermodels? Or maybe it's because they don't sound anything like The Libertines!?

I tend to agree with the latter since record companies have yet to catch on to Yeti's unique sound. The band describe themselves as "harmony-driven psychedelic pop". I'd say they're more "country-folk pop". Yet Yeti's greatest strengths are when Mark Underwood (acoustic guitar), Andrew Deian (guitar), and John Hassall combine forces to create the sweetest harmonies you'd never expect from a Libertine spinoff.

Blame the past or the music. Just give them a listen, and you'll know why venues here are consistently packed to the rafters.

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