One of the neat things about living in the San Francisco Bay Area is the music scene here. My friend Davin, whom I met at Cal, is in a band called Fox Culture. They call themselves a mix of indie, alternative, and baroque pop; their sound is mellow and introspective. Fox Culture is the kind of indie band that often does duets between one male and female singer. They sound kind of like Broken Social Scene and the Arcade Fire.
“Oh yeah- ol’ school organ to set the stage; nice. Nice how you follow each other around vocally and musically. Like lovers chasing each other around town.”
Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Satellite Party, founder of Lollapalooza)
I used one of Fox Culture’s songs, “Phony”, in a video commerical I created at my internship this summer. The video basically demonstrates my company’s new product, ChunkIt!, which allows users to find information on the Internet more easily. I used Camtasia Studio to create a video demonstrating ChunkIt!’s applications to Last.fm, one of my favorite music websites.
Fox Culture recently entered and won a contest to be featured on an album from one of UC Berkeley’s largest student festivals, Caltopia Live 2008. The album can be downloaded for free on iTunes and features 14 tracks from bands at UC Berkeley. I just downloaded it, and will let you know which local artists I think are worth a listen.
“Gotta say, this isn’t a sound I usually gravitate toward, but there’s something about your music that gets under my skin–in a good way. Maybe it’s the subtle, off-kilter songcraft or the double vocals and hypnotic finger plucking, or the noise guitar at the end of Fireman. Your heart is really in this and it shows–and I don’t say that about of a lot of what I hear on this site. Lots of luck!”
Doug Brod (editor of SPIN Magazine)
If you liked the sound of “Phony” from my ChunkIt! Last.fm video, you can check out more Fox Culture songs on their MySpace page.