BROODING local rockers, Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters, have finally released their much-anticipated debut album and celebrate its release with a gig in Dolan’s Warehouse this Saturday.
The gig, which will be filmed by a full camera crew on the band’s behalf in the Alphonsus street venue, is part of a huge selection of national dates the popular four-piece will play to celebrate the release of ‘The Devil in Music’, now available in all good record stores.
The album, evocative of the louche, scuzzy tones of Josh Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age, contains elements of Woodstock-era Joe Cocker and other reference points and is an excellent first offering from the local band, following on from the potential shown with their previous releases, the seductive, bluegrass-riddled ‘Homeward Bound and Gagged’, and more recently, the bourbon soaked, ‘Congress of Oddities’, which marked them as ‘ones to watch’ in several quarters, including these pages.
While there was a slight delay with the release of this album, the intervening period of time convinced drummer Shane Serrano and fellow Fox Jaw-ers Ronan Mitchell and Morgan Nolan, who formed the energetic Fox Jaw from the ashes of previous local punk bands, Fun Bobby and Natweed, to recruit a fourth member, local bass player Sean O’Mahoney.
“If we were still a three piece trying to carry off what is going on in the album, you would sense that you weren’t doing it justice in a live scenario,” Shane told us recently of the album, which was recorded with Irish super-producer Owen Lewis.
“We started recording in August (last year). We set aside two weeks and it ended up taking five months,” he laughed.
“Owen did our first EP so it kind of came full circle when we went back into the studio with him and started recording. He played a very big role and has a lot of ideas. He would stop us and make sure we were doing everything perfectly.”
“We went into do it as a three piece, but when you get into the studio you get carried away with layers and instrumentation and ideas, and that is why we have expanded to a four piece,” he adds.
Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters play in Dolan’s Warehouse this Saturday. ‘Devil in Music’ is available now.