Could you introduce yourself?
Hi we're Stone Cold Fox, comprised of Kevin Olken Henthorn (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Graham Stone (Guitar/Keyboard/Back up Vocals), Justin Bright (Bass/Bass Synth), and Aaron Hamel (Drummer/Back up Vocals).
How did you all meet?
Graham, Justin and I went to school at SUNY Purchase, we later met Aaron in a music shop in Williamsburg.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
Never stop writing. I try to never stop writing.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
Well, on paper I guess we're just 4 white dudes with guitars and drums haha, couple of us are Jewish so there ya go, but really what I think separates us is that we all come from different musical backgrounds, and instead of suppressing that, we really embrace it. We're always drawing from a myriad of sources and we don't let a song get pigeon holed by what's popular now. I feel like there is definitely an over saturation of that in today's music, music for the sake of cool. But "cool" is always shifting, and we don't want to be a band that just chases that. We just focus on the song and bring our different backgrounds and knowledge to the table each time around.
Could you explain to us the process behind your upcoming EP?
Long. It took about two years for us to really hone in on our sound. We had songs that had 5 different versions, constant rewrites, and it was a long painful process from incarnation, to demos, to real recordings. But it was a process that was totally necessary. Whereas Memory Palace crossed all sorts of different genres, we wanted to really build a better frame work of who we are, and that takes time! Now we're finally rolling it out with Tunnel Vision, and we're currently already half way done with our next LP. The ground work is there, and the songs have been falling into place much easier.
If you could make a music video, all costs covered, how would you create the visual counterpart to your favorite track off the EP?
I would do one for Firing Squad. I've always wanted to work with an animator and I feel like stop motion claymation would be really fitting for that song.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
The old stuff is nostalgic and upbeat, blending folk elements with indie synth rock, the new stuff is like throwing all that through a distorted disco.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
It's a lot less compartmentalized for me. I try and write almost everyday. Most of our songs aren't really story based, they are much more autobiographical and pieced together through long periods of time. When it does come time to start recording, we all get together and go to our studio in CT and live in the studio for a bit. Though I guess when it comes to rituals, I love to watch old movies and write music while I watch.
What makes you happy?
Getting the hell out of the city and doing outdoors adventures!
Any closing comments?
Come see the EP release show on May 7th at Mercury Lounge in NYC!