Since their breathtakingly raw debut of ‘Im Not Well’, Black Foxxes have rapidly grown into a band revered for their distinctive sound and all-encompassing lyricism. The Exeter trio’s second full-length album, Reiði (the Icelandic word for rage), demonstrates how to outfit explore themes with wholehearted honesty with furious mathy twists. With 2000trees just around the corner, we spoke to the band about pushing boundaries and why they love 2000trees
Reiði has been applauded across the board for pushing boundaries; have you been pleased with the reaction?
We’ve been absolutely blown away with the response, both online and at shows. When you make a record you never really know how it will go down, so you’re just in the moment creating something that you’re collectively really proud of.
Exploration is a huge theme for your recent work; do you feel this will be an on-going topic for future material?
Definitely! I think as a band and as individuals we’re forever growing. I see so much growth in this band from where we started and I don’t see that changing.
You have been very transparent with physical and mental health issues; how does it feel bringing these topics to festival stages?
It’s never something we’ve actively set out to do, at least not in the beginning. It’s amazing to take these songs to festivals, you can really see who’s already a fan of the band and who’s just hearing us for the first time but that doesn’t matter, you can see people connecting with the music and that’s a beautiful thing.
You have played 2000 Trees before; what in particular do you like about this festival?
Yes, this will be our third year. It’s such a beautiful site and the bands that play are always amazing. The acoustic stage in the woods has such an incredible vibe, and the whole festival feels like it’s really for music lovers alike and not just another trendy place for people to let loose for a few days. Plus, they have a silent disco!
You’re going on a solo acoustic tour in intimate venues this August; what made you want to do this?
I had done a solo acoustic set in London as part of the release of our latest record earlier this year and I absolutely loved it. It’s always great to step outside of your comfort zone and push yourself further. I can’t wait to get out there!
- Black Foxxes will be playing the Main Stage on Thursday of 2000 Tress.