FOX Japan

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Written by: PP on 08/05/2012 20:44:25

"Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!" is the fourth album by the West Virginia based FOX Japan, an experimental pop/rock group that takes its cues from bands like The Strokes, The Killers, The Beatles, and most importantly, Portugal. The Man. Their experimental pop rock songs have a slight leaning on 60s style pop in the vein of The Beatles, but with the quirky garage vibe of The Strokes (and others like them), yet with the pop sensibilities of the stadium indie of The Killers and the love for experimentation known from Portugal. The Man's records.

The resulting record is one that's equally catchy as it is intriguing and unique in its sound. The band's singers aren't afraid to occasionally reach into falsetto-like heights to stretch out of their mid-range singing style, such as on "Not My Car" and "My Body", the latter which bears the most resemblance to the ambitious experimental pop/rock pieces by Portugal. The Man. At the same time, "Off A Bridge" offers a more streamlined song in that it follows similar melody principles as most The Strokes songs from the early parts of the last decade. I've been told you can hear The Shins influence as well, but I can't tell since I haven't heard a single song by that band in the past.

Many tunes also feature a somewhat playful vibe, but not in the sense that the songs are unserious, rather than in the sense that the band are having fun with their range and experimenting beyond the confines of basic indie rock. This is also why they sound, to this scribe at least, much more interesting than what the more mainstream names like Glasvegas (etc) have to offer. "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!" has a number of real catchy songs that makes me wonder why FOX Japan aren't much bigger already?


Download: On Christmas, My Body
For the fans of: Portugal. The Man, The Beatles, The Shins,
Listen: Bandcamp

Release date 15.11.2011
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