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FOX AND THE LAW
While Seattle has historically birthed raw, guitar-driven strains of rock—the garage rock of the ‘60s, the psychedelic guitar strains of artists like Jimi Hendrix and the later flannel-laden grunge movement—the Jet City’s rock output has recently tended towards wispy, subdued shoe-gazing. So it’s something of a relief to see a motley group of four mount The Crocodile’s stage on a September night (Guy Keltner, Ryan Granger, Patrick Dougherty, and Dan O’Neil as Fox and The Law) and shimmy through a set of raw, wall-of-sound, romp ‘n stomp rock. Guy saunters and jumps about the stage as if he’s channeling Pete Townshend, strumming his guitar with such intensity that it seems the strings will break. Patrick (bass) and Ryan (guitar) mirror his licks through ever-progressing, dirty chord changes as Dan anchors in a percussive cacophony.
Fox and The Law are reminiscent of the New York no wave movement frontmen Teenage Jesus and The Jerks and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, or even Tennessee’s Be Your Own Pet. Catching a wave on a riptide of chord progressions and surfing a cavalcade of staggered time measures, the band is Seattle’s next best export.
DJs Guy Fox and Danger Granger (Grizzled Mighty)