NEW ALBUM 'TWELVE SPELLS' FINDS INSPIRATION IN PROTEST MOVEMENTS AS SF ROCK & ROLL BAND TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT THE MARGINALIZED
The Stone Foxes make music with a message, mixing raucous rock & roll with lyrics inspired by the Occupy movement, income inequality, gentrification and other social justice issues. On their fourth album, ‘Twelve Spells’ the San Francisco-based musicians take a hard look at the world around them, creating the soundtrack for a city that's home to billionaires and a sprawling homeless population.
The new record, which hits stores September 4, 2015, includes anthems like "She Said Riot," which takes a look at the way San Francisco's soaring home prices have affected musicians and other artists. On "Greasin Up the Door Man," singer/drummer Shannon Koehler spins the story of four different characters: three who don't have enough money to bribe their way past a door man, and one who's wealthy enough to talk (or pay) his way out of most situations. It's a personification of income inequality, delivered with an appropriate mix of fury and melody. Finally, "Goodnight Moon" pays tribute to the homeless, humanizing a population that many people ignore.
Putting their money with their mouths are, the Stone Foxes also collect cans of food at every tour stop, which they then donate to local shelters and food pantries as part of their ongoing "Goodnight Moon Project." They encourage their audience to become involved with similar issues, too, creating not just a fanbase, but a genuine movement of socially-conscious people.
The Stone Foxes' objective is simple: “We’re six dudes who believe rock n' roll can move mountains, and we’re gonna play it until we move one.” Since forming in 2005, they've have been making good on that promise, headlining their own sold-out shows on the West Coast (including legendary venues like the Fillmore) while also opening for national acts like the Black Keys and ZZ Top.