Cleveland, OH, 44110
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
As if scoring a modern day exploitation film, Samfox make music as sexy as a scene starring Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra blowing down the doors of a dive bar on the outskirts of town. The band captures the timeless cool of real rock n’ roll, done up with electric blues that other Midwest bands like The Black Keys or The White Stripes put on the map. With a galloping drumbeat, swinging trumpet and keys, Samfox has announced that they are in the building.
Formed in 2015, Charity Cunningham and Braxton Taylor have shared responsibility as songwriters and vocalists since the beginning. Working as yin to each other’s yang, Cunningham’s sultry-sweet soprano gives balance to Taylor’s soulful growls. “I grew up on the timelessness of an Al Green song, something you can always listen to. You’re not totally reinventing the wheel but you’re doing it in a modern way,” Taylor says.
“Hey Mama” and “The Feels” are tinged with original beatnik rock n’ roll melodies punctuated by trumpet blasts, funky James Brown licks and sugary backing vocals a la The Staple Singers. Yet other grooves like “Baby Blues” and “Go Get Gone” are rollicking love songs that at once fit in amongst indie ballads of the ilk and stand out for their complexity and fierce message.
The five members of Samfox are all individuals but work together in order to blow whatever preconceived notions you have of their live set out of the water. In seconds your attention flies from one corner of the stage to another entranced by Morgan Fox’s bass work or Josh Montgomery on his throne behind the kit. Randall Hoyle seems to lead the pack on trumpet, refusing to take a backseat to Taylor’s intricate riffs on lead guitar or Cunningham dancing around her keyboard. Their high-energy parties on stage sealed the deal for them to win “Best Indie Band” of 2017 from Cleveland Magazine.