Nottingham duo Natalie and Colette of You Want Fox release second album Reverse The Curse on Friday, April 27th. We spoke to the pair about starting out, their new album and playing live.
We have more and more people coming to the shows, singing along with the words and joining in with little chants that we’ve created as we’ve gone along.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you forming You Want Fox?
We’re a 2 piece bass and drums band from Nottingham. We’ve played in various projects together over the years and had always talked about forming a pop/grunge band as we both have really similar taste in music.
Who did your take inspiration from?
We draw on influences from all over the place. We both listen to a wide variety of music and play several instruments between us which we’ve worked into some of the tracks on the new album. We take inspiration from bands like Skindred and Sleigh Bells, and put our own stamp on it.
Why the name You Want Fox?
It was predictive text gone wrong! My phone comes up with the most random of sentences. We liked it and it stuck.
How would you describe your musical style?
Grunge/pop with a hint of punk. The new album definitely has a harder rock edge to it than the first album.
Your first show was supporting Misty Miller. How did that come about?
I believe it was an I’m Not From London event and we were offered the support slot as we were ready to start gigging at that time and we fitted in with Misty’s sound.
What response did you get from Misty Miler’s fans?
It was a great gig. A lot of people came to give us support too, especially with it being our first show.
You’ve since played Dot to Dot and Macmillan festival plus support for Riding the Low fronted by Paddy Considine. How did those sets go down?
They were all great. All three were very different crowds, but all of them were buzzing and made us very welcome. They are definitely all memorable shows for us.
In what way is your live show evolving?
We love a bit of crowd participation. We have more and more people coming to the shows, singing along with the words and joining in with little chants that we’ve created as we’ve gone along.
Tell us about your new album - Reverse the Curse. What’s it about?
When we first started out, there were a few things going wrong for us and we couldn’t work out why. Once we did work it out, it all stopped and our fortune kind of reversed, hence the title Reverse the Curse. It has a kind of superstitious meaning for us.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
We’ve been writing over the past year, in between rehearsals and tours in the UK, LA and Europe. That’s why it took a bit longer than we’d anticipated to finally get it all recorded and ready for release. We recorded at Tenko Studios in Nottingham which is run by Jay Graham from the metal band Ravens Creed.
How does Reverse the Curse build on your style?
We have really taken our time with this album and made sure the finished result was exactly how we wanted it to sound. We have added more harmonies and dual vocals this time to hopefully make our songs stick in your head for even longer, haha!
Which song or songs are you most proud of?
We are honestly proud of the whole album. We did scrap a few songs that weren’t working for us and then developed and recorded the best ones.
Which was the hardest to finish?
As we were writing in between gigs and rehearsals for tours, there were times where we simply weren’t getting enough time to put into writing. We also got writer’s block here and there, which is always frustrating. We’ve learnt not to stress when it hits us now. We just start afresh, have a jam and see where it takes us.
What are your hopes for Reverse the Curse?
We’d love for more and more people to hear our music and enjoy our shows. We are booking more shows for the rest of this year. We’d love to build on our fan base and play live both here and abroad.
What do fans get at your live shows?
Lots of laughs, banter, catchy tunes and a chance to have a good dance.
Where can we see you live in 2018?
We have our album launch at The Chameleon in Nottingham on April 27th. We also currently have shows booked throughout the year for Manchester, Cheltenham, Bristol and London with more being added.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band this year, what would it be?
We’d love to play Download Festival. That’s a dream of ours!
Listen to You Want Fox on SoundCloud below. For news and tour date visit the You Want Fox Facebook page.