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Fox Van Cleef

Ogden, Utah, United States | SELF

Ogden, Utah, United States | SELF
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"Prescription Tea Party Review"

Fox Van Cleef
Prescription Tea Party
Street: 10.29
Fox Van Cleef = Black Keys + Jookabox + Sly & The Family Stone
Fox Van Cleef couldn’t have picked a better title for their first full-length album. The five-piece ensemble have blended elements of funk, psychedelic, rock and blues into a overwhelming concoction of music that doesn’t really match any other Utah band. The album has its share of short hooky numbers and long influential jams, along with added surprises like a horn section and guest appearances from several established musicians such as Andrew Milne from Spell Talk and Josaleigh Pollett. The only downside that Prescription Tea Party will have to face with audiences is that it may be too experimental for original fans. Fox Van Cleef have grown immensely as musicians over the past three years, but now have little resemblance to their original incarnation that drew crowds, which could be a turn off for many. Overall however, Prescription Tea Party could be one of the finest albums composed in 2011. –Spencer Ingham - SLUG Magazine


Who would have guessed a psychedelic-rock quintet out of Ogden would become one of Utah’s best acts in 2009? Fox Van Cleef’s debut EP, Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc., blew up on radio with the single “Lies,” winning over fans and critics alike. Of course, it didn’t hurt that they gave away the material for free. They’re definitely in this business to entertain rather than simply cash in. How refreshing! (Gavin Sheehan) - Salt Lake City Weekly

"SLUG Dia de los Muertos Party @ The Garage 10.29"

As local band Fox Van Cleef kicked off their set near the door, Halloween partygoers filed inside, not only in the garb of old, dead caballeros, but in an assortment of costumes—the sax player’s wailing lent the roadhouse the feel of the Cantina Tatooine from Star Wars: A New Hope, with aliens hopping about under the dim lighting. Crowd members bounced casually near the front of the stage to Fox Van Cleef’s garage rock jams. The band set the tone of the night by playing tunes that hip, young SLUG readers and older sports-watchers could mutually enjoy. Beer girls and dudes dressed as chicks moved from room to room to outside, groovin’ at all times. - SLUG Magazine

"Local Releases: Quiet Releases & FVC's Prescription"

Finally, we get to the only release show of the week, and it comes from our old friends in Fox Van Cleef. The band has already been written up in last week's CW issue by Kelli Stitzer, so rather than rehash over what's already been written, let's talk about the album:Prescription Tea Party. Much like their EP Pleasure Junkies, this is almost a complete departure from their previous release. One of the biggest things that's kept the band relevant during their run in the scene is the ability to change and reinvent their sound. If you compare all three releases they have out, they sound like three different bands who all share some resemblance, but aren't quite the same and could be mistaken for different acts. It's definitely worth checking out. You can catch their release show this Saturday over at The Garage as part of SLUG Magazine's “Day Of The Dead” party, playing along with DJ Curtis Strange, Max Pain & The Groovies. This is going to be one hell of a packed show so get in while you can; it's just $6, starting at 8 p.m. - Salt Lake CIty Weekly

"Garage Rock"

Against a backdrop of smokestacks and refineries, Fox Van Cleef sits at a sturdy, oak table at The Garage, where the Ogden-based five-piece just wrapped up a set. The steins of dark beer and PBR tallboys stack high on the table, and folks overflow from the surrounding seats.

With a crowd that includes the band, their manager and numerous friends, there are more people than is necessary or prudent for an interview. When the first questions are fired off, there’s a cacophony of half-yelling/half-laughing responses from everyone. With that, however, it’s instantly obvious that this band, and its fans, have an absolute passion for the music.

Their set included a dozen or so original songs that date back to 2006, when the guys first started delivering soul-soaked jam tracks that are rolled in psych and graciously dunked in funk. It’s easily consumable, full of flavor and all Utahn, albeit bent—like the fried Mormon funeral potatoes at The Garage.

This sound is delivered on Fox Van Cleef’s two EPs: the 2009 release Cigarettes, Terrorism, etc. and the 2010 release Pleasure Junkies. Keeping the pace up, the band will release its first full-length album, Prescription Tea Party, this year.

Originally, the album was to be released exclusively on vinyl. “We thought about not putting it out on CD, because we got [a CD] recently from another band and brought it home and realized that none of us own a CD player,” says manager Matt Hinds. After weeks of numbers crunching and assuming that even fewer people own record players, the band opted for both CD and MP3 releases and to nix the vinyl altogether. “It just wasn’t realistic,” says vocalist Dustin Bessire from behind a tallboy. He is the most soft-spoken of the group, despite his strong bluesy pipes from behind the mic.

The CD release will be at at The Garage in conjunction with the SLUG Day of the Dead Party. The show serves two purposes for the band. “They want to break out and help [establish] this new venue, while at the same time releasing an awesome CD,” says friend Blake Hirschi.

“Fox Van Cleef doesn’t like to dilute their music, and they’d rather keep it secular and in a venue where they can mainstream [their music], but not in a sense where everybody hears it every single day,” Hirschi says, eliciting another half-dozen “Exactly!”s.

The sipping and chatting goes long—eventually the bar starts to close. A few more questions are squeezed in before the Fox Van Cleef crowd becomes “those people.”

Bassist Chase Baur has a chance to chime in to answer a question about how their sound is different from other local acts. Their sound stems from their super-diverse musical tastes, he says, crediting artists like Adele, Jurassic 5, Tom Waits, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. “There are a lot of [members] in the band, and we all listen to a huge variety of music, and it comes out when we’re writing a new song,” he says.

Their brand of rock might not be for everyone, though, the band members all agree. They explain that some radio stations, like community-supported KRCL 90.9 FM, aren’t particularly savvy on their sound. They love the station, though, and aren’t heartbroken when people won’t give them a spin.

Before chugging his last gulp of beer so the band can finally leave the bar, guitarist Jesse Hodshire puts it perfectly: “Our love of music comes out in our songs, and you can tell.”

Fox Van Cleef CD Release
w/ Max Pain & The Groovies, DJ Curtis Strange
The Garage
1199 N. Beck St.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
$6 - Salt Lake City Weekly

"CWMA Showcase Bands Preview"

In 2010, Fox Van Cleef labored to redefine what it means to be involved with the Utah music community. Playing nearly every venue in the state from St. George to Logan, the five-piece psychedelic rockers from Ogden made a name for themselves with live-music fans long before their debut release Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc. in 2009. They followed that with their 2010 EP, Pleasure Junkies, which garnered them radio airplay, several festival gigs and a West Coast tour. (Gavin Sheehan) - City Weekly

"CWMA Showcase Review"

Fox Van Cleef, who hit the stage with the comical (and unusual) chantalong of "I say Chris, you say Buttars!" The increasingly lubed crowd was ready to oblige, too. Fox Van Cleef (pictured) delivered an energetic set that touched on soul and ska along its path; at times they definitely reminded me of old Elvis Costello and the Attractions. - City Weekly

"Music Hot Picks: Fox Van Cleef"

This Ogden band delves into older sounds like garage-rock and soul in its music, but it’s not afraid of incorporating more modern fare like hip-hop beats and electronic flourishes. The band’s most recent release, the Pleasure Thieves EP, is full of tasty morsels, and you can be part of the band’s next release. Fox Van Cleef’s upcoming gig at The Urban Lounge will be recorded for a live album. Go ahead and cheer loudly so you can hear yourself on the future release, but I’m sure the band would appreciate you refraining from any “Freebird” requests. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $5 - City Weekly

"Music @ Main compilation album review"

And speaking of Andrew Shaw, the final release we must discuss is actually that of a compilation. Music At Main: Summer 2010. For those who may not be completely familiar, the Music @ Main series is a weekly concert every Tuesday at the Main Library in downtown SLC, featuring some of the state's best and brightest bands performing completely free shows with encouragement on talking about the music. This is a real treat for local music lovers as its been a long time since we've seen any kind of live compilation. Recorded over the summer you have something from nearly every band who participated. Familiar hits like Tolchock Trio's “Super Panga”, The Black Arrows “Mary Mary” and La Farsa's “Elizabeth”, mixed in with newer material like Fox Van Cleef's “WahbedaQ” and Birthquake's “That's No Phone Booth, That's A Time Machine”. Nineteen in total. This is a lovely find for anyone into live recordings. You can pick up a copy right now at the Main Library's gift shop, a flat $10, no tax. - City Weekly

"The Gift of Music"

"Pleasure Junkies." Fox Van Cleef -- These Ogden-based rockers have described their oeuvre as what it would sound like if Tom Waits and Nina Simone had a love child they then abandoned at an empty truck stop bathroom to fend for himself. There is some truth in this silliness -- the vocals are soulful and sometimes gritty. The licks are ripping and funk-laced.

"Pleasure Junkies" is the band's second album, and shows a group that is tightening up and maturing in the studio. Standouts are the moody and expressive "Dizzy" and the 2/4 beat get-down of "Dance of the Dead."

For those on your list who like soulful vocals and groovin' solid rock, this one will please. - The Standard Examiner

"Van Cleef sings out against violence"

Van Cleef sings out against violence
OGDEN -- To raise awareness of domestic violence, hate crimes and gang violence in the Top of Utah -- as well as funds to fight them -- the Ogden rock band Fox Van Cleef is playing a concert at Weber State University.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom on campus, 3848 Harrison Blvd. Charities to benefit from the event are Your Community Connection in Ogden and Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter in Davis County.

Fox Van Cleef, a five-piece rock outfit, has recorded two self-released albums. Its most recent, "Pleasure Junkies," came out this summer, and the band has toured regionally in recent months.

Admission is $6, $4 for WSU students with ID. A $1 discount is offered to those who bring in a can of food to donate to Safe Harbor.

For further information, e-mail questions to
- The Standard Examiner

"Localized June 2010 - Fox Van Cleef"

There’s no better way to celebrate SLUG’s annual beer issue than by knocking back a few at this month’s Localized. Bands from all over Utah’s musical landscape will converge at The Urban Lounge in the name of booze on June 18, as Ogden psych-rockers Fox Van Cleef, Salt Lake surfers The Boomsticks and Provo garage rock openers Big Trub take the stage. As always, five bucks gets you in, and you get what you pay for.

Fox Van Cleef
Chase Baur - Bass
Matt Froling - Drums
Erich Newey - Keyboard
Dustin Bessire - Vocals, Guitar
Jesse Hodshire - Guitar

There really isn’t an easy way to describe Fox Van Cleef. The very name of the Ogden band simultaneously invokes images of a Sergio Leone/Pam Grier mash-up and a Dutch porn star—neither of which are bad representations of their sound, but both neglect crucial aspects of the Cleef’s existence. However, combine the aforementioned images with the astronaut sporting a rainbow-splattered helmet on the cover of their most recent release (Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc.) and you should get a pretty good idea of what the band’s all about. Their mix of prog, psych, soul, funk and rock is unlike anything else being created in Utah right now, but fits right in alongside bands as diverse as Spell Talk and The Lionelle. I ventured deep into the heart of Weber county to talk to the band about their forthcoming EP, strategy board games, digital media, video games, Ogden, and alcohol over the sound of beers cracking, dogs fighting and nearby children screaming—it was a pretty good time.

After forming in 2006 while most of the band’s members were still too young to play in bars, Fox Van Cleef quickly made a name for themselves in Ogden’s all-ages scene. “There are lower standards in Ogden,” Baur says, “It’s not hard to get a show here.” Rather than joking about the Ogden scene, Bessire put the band’s trajectory in terms I could better understand, comparing it to a game of Risk 2210: “Often the best move is to go with South America because it’s the smallest country, and you can get your energy bonus right off the bat. Instead of moving to Salt Lake first, which has a few more territories, we conquered South America.” Makes sense. In conquering smaller territories, the band has also built up a diverse audience ranging from young Ogdenites to Urban Lounge aficionados and, the staple of any respectable rock band’s audience, old drunk guys. Hodshire said, “We tend to do really well with old drunk guys. The kids don’t always get us, but the old drunk dudes...”

Earlier this year, the band released Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc. on CD, but they had been offering the EP for free on their Myspace page for most of 2009. So far, the EP has garnered over 1,500 downloads and has landed the Cleef media coverage from the likes of City Weekly, SLUG and The Standard-Examiner. Offering their music for free and pushing it on as many people as possible in a crowded local music scene has helped the band build a solid fan base in both Salt Lake and Ogden. “If you really think you’ve got something special, there’s no shame in shoving it down people’s throats,” Bessire says. “We just try to do what we need to do to get to the next step,” Froling said. “I will call and bug [KRCL DJ] Bad Brad every day. If I have to, I’ll show up at his house with a bottle of whiskey and a broadsword and I will challenge him if he doesn’t start playing us on his show,” Bessire said.

Later this summer, the band will be releasing their newest EP, Pleasure Junkies, recorded in February with Wes Johnson of Archive Recordings. The band promises a more accessible, but more natural sound, or as Bessire described it, “Stuff that you don’t have to be two bowls deep to really be into.” Pleasure Junkies features four songs with four interludes, each showcasing one Cleefer’s instrumental prowess alongside Hodshire’s guitar playing. The pair of songs I heard from the new EP totally deliver on the band’s description: They had a more coherent structure than the songs on the band’s previous releases, but retain Fox Van Cleef’s eclecticism and experimental nature as they occasionally incorporate theramin and horns into the sound. Pleasure Junkies will be released as a CD and free online in late July or August.

Even though Fox Van Cleef seems to have mastered the art of self-promotion, they know that succeeding in Utah’s music scene is really about who you know. Connections they’ve made with Portia Early, Gavin Sheehan, Circus Brown and Tim Smith of Ogden’s Own Distillery have increased their profile and helped land them bigger gigs. In addition to releasing Pleasure Junkies this summer, the band will also play at the Utah Arts Festival, the Weber County Library’s Summer Sizzle and the Downtown Library’s Music at Main concert series. I suggest catching a show, then drunkenly approaching the band to discuss Miles Davis, Cowboy Bebop or Joss Whedon. - Slug Magazine

"Pleasure Junkies Review"

Fox Van Cleef
Pleasure Junkies
Street: 08.06
Fox Van Cleef = Dan Auerbach + Dr. John + The Doors
These Ogden boys sound like the kind of blues you might have found in a smokey tavern 30 years ago where the drinks were cheap and the waitresses underdressed. The first vocal line by Dustin Bessire on “Somethin’ ‘bout the Way and Groovy Tuesdays” is a dead ringer for Dr. John, with a low, throaty growl behind the wail. The music is guitar-heavy with greasy, languid riffs spreading out over a tight rhythm section. The jams are packed with enough hooks to catch a fish who isn’t even into blues, and the vocals will keep you coming back for more. As my first exposure to Fox Van Cleef, Pleasure Junkies is perfect—not too psyched-out to keep my attention, but enough to tease me about what kind of circus their live show will be. If you like this release, I’d use it as a jumping off point to check out their other material including Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc. which came out last September. Who knew Ogden had enough soul to produce this? –Rio Connelly - SLUG Magazine

"Junkies for Pleasure"

Crawling out of the depths of the Ogden music scene, Fox Van Cleef took the art of the quintet rock group—long trendy and near-dead since the 1980s—and created a unique sound and live presentation that’s set them apart from many of the rockers making their way around the Utah music scene. But, the current incarnation of the group was not easy to build, and it took the band’s members more than three years to perfect before releasing any music to the public.

Formed during the members’ high school years, the group started when original members Chase Baur, Dustin Bessire and Jesse Hodshire met through a video-production class. The trio decided to start a band in the spring of 2006. After playing together off and on and booking gigs for roughly a year, the band ran into Matt Froling, who was playing guitar in another band at the time. They asked him to join, and at the same show the group met Spencer Reed, who would end up playing keyboards on their first record. Nearly 18 months later, the group met and acquired Erich Newey—at the time singing in Intimachine—as their new keyboardist. It wasn’t long before they realized how well everything jelled.

“For a few years now, most of us, and for some of us much longer, have all been close friends that have lived together, laughed together and loved drinking together,” says Bessire. “So, really, what it boils down to, it was just meant to be that the five of us would mesh those things with our love for music.”

Pulling their vocal style from classic blues and soul music, the group mixed it up with ’70s psychedelic-rock and hip-hop beats to create their unique sound. Mixing in old-school recording techniques with modern song structure, every song introduces a totally different experience while incorporating every member as an essential part.

In 2007, the group released a four-song self-titled EP and quickly found a following, and in 2009, the group released their first album, Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc. The band recorded the album in sporadic sessions, starting before Newey had officially joined the group. When the band first entered the studio, they had no idea it would be nearly a year before the results would be released on account of an injury Hodshire experienced, putting the band out of commission for several months. When the album finally hit the local scene, Fox Van Cleef garnered serious airplay with the single “Lies,” not to mention a steady following, thanks to playing every venue from Ogden to Provo.

Rather than kick back and enjoy the album’s success, the band re-entered the studio to work on their third release, an EP titled Pleasure Junkies. The album itself, while keeping the same stylistic feel, is a completely different take on the band’s musical senses; take, for example, the track “Red,” which starts off with a ripping vocal line that begs the crowd to scream along, followed by the plicking riff carried out through the entire track. That song seamlessly blends in with the kicking beat of “Dance of the Dead” for a bouncy, catchy headbanger.

Still keeping their own Fox Van Cleef sound while penning works that approach “anthem” status, the EP serves as a fine reminder to musicians that they can keep their identity while continuing to grow as artists.

Following the CD release this week, the band will make the rounds throughout the Wasatch Front before heading on tour, starting with Seattle in early September, continuing their busy schedule and attempting to branch out nationwide. - Salt Lake City Weekly

"Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc. Review"

Fox Van Cleef
Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc.
Street: 09.01

Fox Van Cleef = Jookabox + The Naked Eyes

“Don’t laugh at me if I make a really crazy face,” is heard as you put Fox Van Cleef’s latest EP on for a spin––and we won’t––these cats are cool. Some pyschedelic guitars start in at that point and make for a very interesting intro track called “Torpedo.” This is a great effort from a local group that shows what kind of talent can emerge if given the right outlet like the Salt Lake City scene is offering right now. They have some balls-to-the-wall guitar and drum lines reminiscent of another great local group, The Naked Eyes, with some extra-tripped-out vocals, including out-and-out laughter for a chorus (or is it a pre-chorus?) on track two, “Chestnut, BOOM!” which may not make sense in print and is best experienced aurally. Download this eight-song EP for free at –JP - Slug Magazine

"Fox Van Cleef live show review"

Fox Van Cleef: This is by far one of my favorite bands to see live, and this show was no disappointment. The vocals were solid and skillfully surrounded by frantic guitar playing, harmonious backup vocals, and a relentless drum beat. The Cleef brings it all together into a live translation of their tunes that, despite the lackluster crowd, had people grooving along in their seats at least. Regardless, they have a sound that begs to be danced to, and a live show that exudes a passion for what they’re playing. Their mixture of instruments and contrast in lead/backup vocals give the Cleef free range to experiment successfully with a variety of genres and styles, and they bring it all together into something that reminds me of what The Doors would have sounded like if they’d been influenced by Modest Mouse and Franz Ferdinand. Combine all that with free T-shirts and enough grace to play an encore if at least one person really wants it, Fox Van Cleef puts on a show that anyone should be happy to catch.

The Naked Eyes: Between the mood-changing red lighting, the copious use of a fog machine, and a backdrop of 2001: A Space Odyssey, I think I might have expected a little too much from The Naked Eyes. Their stage setup was fitting for their music, and they played well, but it all came out as a little too mellow after Fox Van Cleef’s set. The Naked Eyes play the kind of music that lends itself to chilling out somewhere with a beanbag chair and a hookah. In that kind of environment, the fog and Kubrickian backdrop would have been easier to enjoy. However, the band still played a sturdy set and deserve another listen, which I intend to do soon under better conditions. - The Local Landing

"Ogden's Van Cleefers back in the biz (Cover story)"

by Linda East Brady

Late in the summer of 2009, things were going along pretty swimmingly for the Ogden-based rock outfit Fox Van Cleef.

The quintet, which formed when some members were still in high school, had a good four years of history together. Members of the band had a brand-new mini-album in the can, and were looking forward to playing Uncle Uncanny's, a popular regional music festival.

But the night before that Uncanny gig, guitarist Jesse Hodshire cut his strumming hand without even getting out of bed.

"I have a glass picture frame right by my bed, and rolled over in my sleep and I hit it with my arm," said Hodshire, gathered with the rest of the band at his East Bench home for rehearsal. "I shattered the glass and broke a piece pretty far into my arm."

The injury sent Hodshire to the hospital and left him with some lingering nerve problems near his thumb. But now, with several months of therapy, Hodshire is once again playing guitar.

"It's a little frustrating, but I am on the downhill side of recovery now," he said. "In a couple of months, they say, I should have the full range of motion back.

"Now, I can't lift more than 50 pounds, but I can play the guitar. And when it gets down to it, that's what matters to me. Right now, the biggest problem I have is dexterity and strength. I can play, but I get tired fast -- my hand gets worn out really quickly."

Hodshire said he also feels uncomfortable relying on the other Van Cleefers to load his gear for him.

"I am used to loading my own stuff in and out. I mean, I have five other people around (including the band's manager), so it gets done, but it is a control thing. You've got to let them do it, but it is frustrating knowing I have to let these savages," he points around the room to his bandmates, "pack my car."

This comment draws a laugh from the other members of Fox Van Cleef (Dustin Bessire, guitar/vocals; Chase Baur, bass; Matt "Fro" Froling, drums; Erich Newey, keyboards). Their camaraderie is not only demonstrated as they fluidly rehearse their new material, but also by the fact that the other four waited to release the album until Hodshire was able to play with them in support of it.

The band resumes gigging with a CD release party Monday at Kilby Court. More shows will follow later this month in Salt Lake City and Ogden.


The eight-song album Fox Van Cleef releases this month is called, "Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc." The band claims to have come up with the name of the CD over a meal at a local Mexican food joint.

"We dropped a lot of ridiculous names in there -- many of which I admit I came up with," said Froling. "But this one just seemed right, because the last five years or more of our lives have involved cigarettes, terrorism, and ... well, etcetera.

Said Hodshire: "Plus, the initials can be a palindrome -- 'CTETC.' "

The band chose not to search for a label with this outing, opting instead to do a relatively small run of the disc and sell it directly at shows and via the Web.

"Instead of relying on someone else all the time, we wanted to take this project into our own hands, keep control of it," said Hodshire. "It is difficult for a smaller band to do that still, but it is becoming far more acceptable. Bands like Radiohead, releasing free online, have shown there is a big change afoot, and a new acceptance in how you distribute music."

Though "Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc." is getting its official release mid-January, the album was finished nearly a year ago. The band plans to go back in the studio in February for another EP-length work, once Hodshire's hand proves strong enough to handle the sessions.

The Foxy crowd

Fox Van Cleef has built a diverse following with its diverse sound -- a combination of hard-rocking drums and rhythms, soul-based vocals, and fluid guitar-driven rock over a foundation of keyboards.

Said Baur: "Our MySpace site says we appeal to people 18 through 24. Well, that makes sense, because we ourselves are 21 to 24."

Bessire added, "But I have also seen elderly people at least find a song that reminded them of a prior time in their life and really enjoy it."

And Froling said: "And then, during one of our shows, a 10-year-old boy was pretending to drum behind me. It was great. I talked to his dad for a long time about drumming, and how into it he was. ... Seriously, we do have a pretty large demographic."

It's a demographic the band hopes to keep building in a steady fashion. Which leads to this question -- when the band is twice as old as it is now, where would band members like to see themselves?

"Well, I want to know these guys are in my life," said Bessire. "I want to be in this self-sufficient traveling band with them, making enough to get by -- which is not hard to make, with how we live. But I seriously want to travel. So this time in five years? I hope to be sitting in some little town in Minnesota waiting for a gig."

Added Froling, "Hey, since we're wishing, I'd rather find myself in Europe by then, and not Minnesota."

The band members all laugh at the prettier picture Froling has painted of road life.

"Seriously, it would be nice to have already been to Minnesota -- to have a few national tours under our belt by then at least," said Froling. "Nothing fancy, mind you -- just get in a van, go to the East Coast or the South for a swing here and there. Build an audience that way.

"It would be good to have at least one full-length album by then, too. But if we don't seem to have any real forward momentum by then, I will be unhappy. I think that feeling goes through to the bone, in all of us." - The Standard Examiner


2011 - PRESCRIPTION TEA PARTY (10 tracks)

2010 - PLEASURE JUNKIES (4 tracks)

2009 - CIGARETTES, TERRORISM, ETC. (8 tracks)

2007 - Self Titled EP (4 tracks)

"Torpedo" & "Chestnut BOOM!" from the album Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc. have received airplay from various local radio stations as have "Somethin' 'bout the Way" & "Dance of the Dead" from the EP Pleasure Junkies. Tracks have also been enjoyed internationally through internet radio stations, music blogs and services such as Jango and on ReverbNation. "Oh, Mercy Me" from the new album has been played on the SLUG Magazine podcast as well as area radio stations.



Back in 2006, in a small town called Ogden, four men came together on a Monday to start a band who already had a show booked for the following Friday. And so set the pace for the rise of Fox Van Cleef’s vision of music gone mad, gone dancing and gone fishing for years to come.

Pairing two very eccentric and opposing guitars, those of Hodshire and Bessire, as well as Bessire’s unique and soul-stained voice, with the steady brew of grooves that Baur’s nimble fingers pulled out of his bass strings created a perfect bed for drummer maestro Froling to excel with his brand of jazzy hip-hop spiced joints. The tempo bursting antics and desire to try anything musically, was at first met with some confusion and odd stares from the local crowds in Utah, but like all great wines and cheeses, all Fox Van Cleef needed was some aging, and maturing.

In 2008 Fox stormed into Archive Studios in the city of Salt for what would be the first of two EP’s. That year saw the release of Cigarettes, Terrorism, Etc., an unusually long short player with several classic tracks the band had crafted over the years (‘Torpedo’, ‘Lies’, ‘Chestnut BOOM!’) as well as newer tracks like ‘Lyle the Man’. Cigarettes garnered Fox Van Cleef much recognition in the press as well as local radio play and spins from around the globe on internet radio stations. This also saw the off the wall studio-bred ideas of Baur and Hodshire, who would continue to compose such spur of the moment fragments with 2009’s Pleasure Junkies.

In between such barn burners as ‘Red’ and ‘Somethin’ 'bout the Way’, and the dark jazz of ‘Dizzy’ the boys expanded into realms of country, hip hop, and punk rock in interludes that illustrated individual member’s compositions.

In the time between studio dates, adding the mad keyboards of Newey as well as Mouse’s saxophone riots, the Fox began to catch wind and growing favor in the Utah scene. Fox was chosen to play the Uncle Uncanny’s Music Festival two years running, the Utah Arts Festival, Earth Jam, Freedom Fest, and venues and bars all over the top of Utah. This also led to a west-coast tour, the aptly named Deficit Explosion Tour, which took the band through San Francisco, Santa Monica, Las Vegas and more. On the road the band was met with enthusiastic crowds and delighted old drunk guys.

2011 finds Fox Van Cleef back in the studio laying down tracks for the first LP: Prescription Tea Party. Fox was thrilled to once again work with Wes Johnson of Archive Recordings, who bravely manned the boards and put up with the excesses exhibited in previous recording sessions with style and cool. The LP is now available for digital download and will be on the shelves soon at Graywhale locations. 2011 also saw Fox Van Cleef receive an artist of the year nomination for the City Weekly Music Awards.

Though the band remains in Ogden, Fox has none the less been crucial in helping shape the emerging psychedelic rock scene based mainly in Salt Lake City. With fellow minded bands and brothers-and-sisters-in-arms like Red Dog Revival, Hip White People, Max Pain and the Groovies, Spell Talk and Dirty Blonde; the boys hope to forge a huge, all encompassing, all welcoming scene that covers all musical and artistic realms and supports every person’s creative endeavors.

Fox Van Cleef has supported many touring bands over the years including The Builders and the Butchers, Morning Teleportation, Or, The Whale, Howlies, Mr. Gnome, Mark Mallman, Leopold and His Fiction, The Growlers, The Black Arrows, The Black Clouds, The Thermals, Dark Meat, The Beat Seekers, System and Station, Hypnogaja, DJ Logic, Sister Monk, Boom Chick and others.