Battle of Bands winner’s album launch

Good Foxy. (s)
Good Foxy. (s)

Beneath the Weeping Sky, a rolling thunder of a song from Good Foxy’s debut album by the same name and the sun-dappled graphics on the sleeve, conjures up images of late-night psychedelic contemplation, writes Tony Dewhurst.

But Rick Wakeman’s communications centre is nowhere in sight, and instead the Clitheroe four-piece, formed over the shared love of music and their experiences a couple of summers ago, are just happy to remind you of the heavy duty sonic sound of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Led Zeppelin, a dollop of Cream and even a slice of Jesus and Mary Chain.

“We do like our funky tunes, but we’ve all got our own way of seeing things,” said Freddie Bruhin Price, “Good Foxy’s bass and vocal’s man ahead of the band’s album launch party at Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre tomorrow (Friday September 25th).

“It does take a nod to Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, but that’s why we bonded together because they were the building blocks of our music.

“We are all very passionate about music, but we are also quite restless and impatient guys who like to look ahead too.

“We are not about fashion, people looking cool or anything like that, we just want to feel the music and see the audience enjoying that vibe.

“It’s lovely, because folk seem to be excited by what we do.”

Good Foxy have come on a lengthy journey since they lifted the Lancashire Reidy’s backed battle of the bands crown at Blackburn King George’s Hall 18 months ago, not long after their first gig at Clitheroe’s Kings Arms.

“We’d not been together that long when we entered the competition, and we all had our doubts, even during it, whether we should carry on,” added Freddie.

“But we reached the semi-final and we all thought, yeah we might have something here.

“I didn’t think we’d done well enough to win it, but it did put us on the map.”

Good Foxy recorded their latest work in Clitheroe, at the town’s Grand Theatre where Mark E. Smith and Bruce Foxton have all worked in the last few months.

But for many bands, though, translating their studio experimentation into the live environment can prove a challenging one.

But Good Foxy’s sound is mature beyond their tender years and live they sizzle and crackle like a mid-winter fire.

They received further recognition this summer, supporting rock veterans Status Quo at Hoghton Tower, and their bruising set at the Beat-Herder Festival went down a treat in the fields of Dockber Farm.

“Status Quo were very humble guys, and after the show Rick Parfitt came over and said, ‘keep going lads, you were terrific.’ That was a nice thing to say, you know.

“Beat-Herder was so special, and playing there gave us another dimension to the festival because we all love going there.”

Freddie added: “We’ve had a great year and we are very proud of the album.”

Good Foxy album launch party. Clitheroe Grand Theatre, September 25th. Support from Kollide. £6. 01200 421599.