Jan 3, 2012

EP RELEASE PARTY!!!

Happy new year everybody. We finished off 2011 with a visit from the police for that house party on Divisadero, but luckily they were kind enough to show up just after we wrapped up our second set!

Guy Fox also received an early christmas present from the folks over at Golden Mastering, who informed us that they had completed the mastering of our debut EP. We've been in and out of Tiny Telephone Studios since late July working on these songs and can't wait to share them with everybody. We've produced a collection of tunes that really capture our sound- keep your eyes peeled for an early sneak-peek!

To celebrate, we've booked a date at Brick and Mortar Music Hall on January 25th. Joining us will be Santa Cruz-based funkanauts The Best Friends and highly acclaimed local americana/rockers Buxter Hoot'n. We're stoked to be putting on this show and will be joined by some special guests on stage as well!

Dec 6, 2011

Farewell, Tiny Telephone

We've just finished recording and mixing our debut EP over in San Francisco's Tiny Telephone studio. It's been a truly awesome experience and we can't wait to share the results with everybody. The tracks have a lot of variety (influences from afrobeat, motown, indie and psychedelia) and we'll be playing plenty of them at the Hemlock this weekend. See you all there!

Nov 28, 2011

New show... Hemlock Tavern 12.11.11

We're all super stoked to announce a new show on December 11th at the Hemlock Tavern. After checking out the other acts that will be on display, you'll agree that this isn't one to take a miss on!

Take a second to listen to Daniel Hart, The Family Crest and Debbie Neigher. They all sound fantastic!

And an update on the album- we'll be heading into Tiny Telephone studios this weekend to wrap up the recording of our forthcoming EP. Look out for word on a release party early next year!

Nov 16, 2011

Boom Boom #2... hell yes

Who said you're not supposed to play more than one gig in the city per month?!

Thanks to everybody who turned out for a second concert in under a week! Boom Boom is a great spot and rest assured you haven't seen the last of us there.

Also, good luck to Bright Light Social Hour on the rest of their U.S. tour... We were talking to them after the show and apparently this is their first trip as a band out to the west coast. Those guys are ridiculously talented and I think we'll be seeing their name pop up at major festivals in the next few years.

Stay tuned for more info on one, possibly two gigs in SF this December and our EP release party, slated for mid January.

Nov 12, 2011

3 Great Albums You Might Not Have Heard

Hey everybody, Greg here. This great run of shows we're having has increased the traffic to our site, so I thought I'd share some musical nuggets with all of y'all. Originally I was going to do a post on my top ten albums, or maybe my three favorite recording artists (Stevie Wonder, Stevie Wonder and... ummm.... Stevie Wonder). Instead I've decided on three albums (at least to start) that people might not be familiar with. Hopefully soon some other Guy Fox dudes will chip in with some of their picks. So here we go, in no particular order.

1. A Band of Bees- Octopus

These guys are out of England (technically the Isle of Wight) where they are known simply as The Bees. They're one of the few bands I would compare to the Beatles without trying to cast them as unoriginal hacks. The album, from start to finish, is a gem. The vibe in general is amazing- clearly all done on analog tape to give everything a warmth and a natural grit to the breakbeat style of their drummer.

Stylistically they flirt with lots of genres- motown ("Listening Man"), reggae ("Left Foot Stepdown"), psychedelia ("Got to Let Go"), old school slide guitar-lead thumping rock ("Who Cares What the Question Is") all held together by fantastic songwriting and arranging. Rich vocal harmonies, catchy horn motifs all backed by a groovalicious rhythm section. What. a. band.

Hiiiighly recommend that you download the whole album. One song won't really give you a true picture of how diverse and awesome it is!

2. Milton Nascimento/Lo Borges- Clube da Esquina

I quickly run out of superlatives when trying to describe this recording. It's a 1972 double album spearheaded by two Brazilians- vocal virtuoso Milton Nascimento (known mainly by jazz fans for his work with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter) and main songwriter/guitarist Lo Borges. Brazilians have a well documented love of jazzy, complex harmony, and this album takes that to an extreme. The ambitious songwriting is matched by great rhythms, but the true beauty is how simple the musicians make everything sound. At times the music is breahtakingly pristine, at others completely haunting. And Milton Nascimento's voice is, in a word, perfect. Don't worry that the songs are all in Portuguese- it doesn't matter!

The opening track

Another great jam

3. Freddie McGregor- Bobby Bobylon

A shout out to my bandmate Bil from Lagos Roots for showing me this one. I am by no means a reggae connoisseur but this album seriously does it for me. It is free of the cheesy synths and overly crisp production of some the more contemporary acts, and has a great motown type vibe to it. There's also a super melancholy, somber feel to many of the tracks- "What Difference Does It Make?" and "Go Away Pretty Girl" being my two favorites of that style. The title track has an awesome swagger and "Wine of Violence" has one of the best bass parts I've ever heard. 

The last really noteworthy tune is "I Am A Revolutionist". I'm not sure was an Israelite is, but I could listen to this song repeatedly.

Hope you enjoy the tunes! -Greg

Nov 11, 2011

Alllllright everybody. Hope you all enjoyed Du Nord last night! We had a great time supporting Chairman Wow on their big night, and Shake Your Peace were amazing--- be sure to check them out next chance you get. I personally would not have guessed that bluegrass and latin rhythms could coexist so seemlessly. Incredible energy and musicianship as well!

We're super stoked to announce that we'll be playing with Austin natives Bright Light Social Hour this TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH at SF's Boom Boom Room. If band websites are anything to go by (perhaps not the best idea... cough), they recently cleaned up at the SXSW 2011 awards, including winning Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Holy shit!

The Boom Boom Room is a veritable SF landmark and we're psyched they invited us back so quickly. Most of us were back there last week to witness the Brooklyn-based funkadelic afro-indiebeat juggernaut that is Rubblebucket.

You guys don't want to miss this one!

Oct 31, 2011

Next up... Cafe du Nord!

Hey everybody,

We had a blast playing for all y'all at El Rio last week! Thanks to everybody who came out and made it a great night.

We're following that date up with another great show at Cafe du Nord on November 10th (that's next Thursday). We'll be helping fellow bay areans Chairman Wow celebrate their album release, and will be joined by Shake Your Peace.

So come on down to one of the best venues SF has to offer! See you all there.

You can RSVP on facebook here.

Oct 9, 2011

Boom Boom Room

Allllright! Looking forward to another date with our friends the Tumbleweed Wanderers. They've been busking all around Oakland and SF as of late and it seems everybody else that sees them likes them as much as we do.

We're excited to debut a few new things for you all in attendance, including a very special surprise. The music will start at 9pm tonight and goes until late... Though Charlie earlier stated his intention to bail halfway through our set to sneak into the Stevie Nicks concert across the street at The Fillmore.

Shortly we'll be hitting everybody up with the details for our big show October 27th with another fantastic band, Dreams. Progress is also happening with our upcoming EP and we're planning a relase date sometime in Dec/Jan. 

Hope to see you all tonight!

Sep 30, 2011

Show just confirmed- Boom Boom Room!

First off, a huge thanks to everybody who made it down to Elkfest over the weekend. It was amazing seeing the dozens of tents set up, the hay-filled dancefloor eventually torn to shreds, and our equipment covered in a layer of mud it is unlikely to forget any time soon. It's hard to imagine things going any better, so thanks again for making it so great- even if the 100 or so people that were tearing into that amazing roast goat didn't leave many scraps for the bands!

With the buzz still carrying on from the Elk, we're excited to announce that on Sunday OCTOBER 9TH, we'll be hitting San Francisco's BOOM BOOM ROOM with Oakland natives and Elkfest-partakers the Tumbleweed Wanderers. They were fantastic last weekend and we can't wait to share the stage with them again (though we can't promise that the jam will last til 3:45am this time!)

More details to follow.

Jul 19, 2011

New Show! Berkeley, August 6th

Yes yes y'all, after a somewhat lengthy absence we're glad to announce that we'll be playing a free concert on August 6th at the Saturn Cafe in Berkeley. Prepare for some special guests, as well as an opening set by good friend of the group Ryan Dishen.

 

May 24, 2011

Going to the studio

Guy Fox is more than pleased to announce that we've booked some time at the fantastic Tiny Telephone Studios in SF's mission district. We'll be working on our debut EP in July with some fresh material and can't wait to share the results with you.

We just checked out the spot where some buddies from the Moanin' Dove have been working on some tracks for a new bay area group, Dreams. Keep your eyes out for them because they're going to blow people away!

You also might want to start doing ear push-ups to prepare for our first EP

Some club shows and more house parties during the summer are in the making so stay tuned!

May 2, 2011

Fourth Annual Garden Party

So some good friends have invited us to play the fourth annual garden party in Fort Mason (SF next to the Bay/Franklin entrance) this Saturday. Hundreds of people turn out every year and its down to be a good time. So whether you dress up in seersucker, your finest sunhats, or dress up like a garden gnome, make sure you're ready to imbibe and enjoy the sunshine.

More info for the party can be found at the Facebook event here

Apr 29, 2011

Headin' down south

Guy Fox is taking a proverbial field trip down to east cliff drive in merry old Santa Cruz. While we'd much rather be celebrating the royal wedding, pints of lager in hand, union jacks and joy painted across our faces, we'll be doing so in the company of a house party down south. The theme is "old people" party, which, I can only asssume, will mean cardigans, knickers, and dentures galore.

While we can't promise three epic sets, Alameda style (well, four, if you can count Charlie screaming bob dylan tunes at a more-or-less empty room at 4am), our friends down there are well advised to bring their dancing shoes. 

We're also making a special appearance at the fourth annual garden party in Fort Mason, SF next weekend. More info on that a bit later.

Apr 17, 2011

A Non-Guy Fox Show to Check Out

One of our members (Greg, to be exact) plays in an awesome afrobeat band called Lagos Roots. It features some outstanding musicians, including three who were original members of Fela Kuti's Afrika 70 back in Nigeria. So if you're around the bay this Friday, make sure to head to the Elbo Room in the mission and check out this awesome show. It's a sixteen piece band and the horn section will blow your face off.

 

Mar 24, 2011

YouTubalicious

So we finally set up a youtube account (guyfoxband), and if you're too lazy to scroll down (or just want to inflate our egos with the all important "views"), you can see a video of us performing Charlie's tune "The Good Life" at the Common last month here

Mar 22, 2011

Oakland Marathon 3.27.2011

We will proudly be representing Oakland this Sunday morning during the Oakland Marathon.

Where: 2nd near Jefferson (Jack London Square Area) outside on the street (should be hard to miss)

When: 9am-noon

Why: why not?

So whether you're out enjoying our awesome city, cheering on family or friends as they inexplicably torture themselves with physical exertion, actually participating in said torture, or maybe just nursing a hangover and on your way to Chicken and Waffles, stop by and listen to us.

Mar 15, 2011

Signs of a successful house party

1) Empty beer cans fall out of the chandeliers when shaken

2) Neighbors too mortified (sleep deprived?) to make eye contact

3) Random pieces of clothing found around living room

 

Thanks for coming out everybody. We had a blast and hope you did too. We're planning some club gigs but until then keep posted for more house parties and other random events (like the Oakland marathon. More on this later!)

Mar 7, 2011

New Show Announced- House Party

Guy Fox is returning to action and it's going to be a good old fashioned house party. Kegger is in the mix but BYOB is strongly recommended, this SATURDAY, MARCH 12th. Hosted by good friends of the band Shawn, Jill and Kurt to celebrate Shawn's birthday. Expect new songs!

The events will be as follows:

6PM: BBQ

8PM: Music starts

11PM: Music ends (cops/neighbor issues)

Party is at

1573 10th Ave, in between Kirkham and Lawton

San Francisco

Mar 2, 2011

Facebook Page

So we've set up a facebook page where you can show the world that you really, truly "like" us. We'll be using the page to notify you about upcoming shows and other Guy Fox related activities. Check it out here:

http://www.facebook.com/guyfoxband

Hope you enjoyed the video. In the coming weeks we'll be working on more audio and video from the show to share with everybody. Also watch out for a new show announcement for the next weekend... it will be a good old fashioned house party.

We'll also be rolling out accounts in the dreaded twittersphere and myspace realms in the near future.

Jan 24, 2011

Guy Fox

Welcome to our website. We play music and dance as well as you like.

We've opened up the site by including some pics of last weekend's jam session at the Common... check them out in the "photos" tab. The next official show will be February 5th at same place featuring more special guests and free beer from brewmaster supremo Brooks Bennett. 

Watch this space.