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Cleveland, OH | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Cleveland, OH
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Samfox - A Need-To-Know, Genre-Busting Piece of Alt-blues Rock"

Following the local music scene in my home state, I keep hearing about one band in particular. While I love local acts, we accept submissions from every continent, which demand our attention. In one perspective it is awesome and means the music we cover is some of the freshest and most creative out there. On the other hand, the local music scene we love and that originally captured our musical imaginations when we were first discovering art and the world takes a backseat or becomes totally ignored. I say all this to say, Samfox are good enough to grab and keep our collective attention. Right now they are local, but rest assured, they have their sights on so much more. Young, hungry, and ridiculously talented, the band does not even have a proper bio yet. Time and time again I have seen their name pop up opening for some of the biggest acts in my area. Be warned now, this is a true Ear to the Ground act.

Recently the six piece Cleveland originals released their first EP The Feels, and damn is it good. The release is a collection of six songs that will bring to mind shades of James Brown, Leon Bridges, and a little Janis for good measure. Typically young acts sound like their influences until they mature and find their own sound. The beauty of Samfox might be their gentle nods to who came before them while still maintaining their own confident and exuberant sound.

“Charmagne” showcases the guitar chops and easy soulful sound of the act as lead vocalist Braxton Taylor attempts to woo a woman almost twice his age. Its seductive energy is moved along with the dueling vocals of him and Charity Cunningham. The interplay of male/female vocals is a shining spot in the band’s repertoire. It is a slow burner of a track with no rush and a stable building of a energetic sound.

Title track “The Feels” has a Cage the Elephant flavor to it and is a fun and raucous track. The soulful vocals of both Cunningham and Taylor are especially dynamic on this one. If you love throwback and bluesy rock, look no further than this. “Go and Get Gone” is a piece of female rock empowerment. “I don’t need you anymore baby / I can open up my own damn door / a girl’s gotta learn to be alone” sings the confident Cunningham accompanied by some stellar horn playing from Randall Hoyle. As female empowering as this track is, the next track “Hey Mama”, is that for the guys. This is a fun alt blues track that transcends genre with its crunchy guitar play and cocky as hell lyrics. Somewhere Jimi is looking down with a smile.

“Tired” is a classic workingman blues track while album closer “Walkin’ You” is an easy stroll through the park daydream of a song. It is guaranteed to make you feel better about the current state of the world. One of the band’s many strengths is how they elicit emotion and even give you permission to enjoy life amidst the current chaos. Words fail to properly describe their sound or their ambition. This is the real deal, and we are definitely rooting for their continued success as they undoubtedly capture the attention and affection of a larger audience.

Do yourself a favor and buy their EP here. You will most certainly be glad you did. In fact, if you don’t like it, I will personally write you a check. - EarToTheGround Music

"Samfox's New EP "The Feels" Gets Emotional"

Samfox’s upcoming EP ‘The Feels’ is appropriately named. Filled with growling vocals full of anger, dance-happy guitar riffs and sluggish rhythms, the local band cycles through a range of emotions in the span of just six songs.
The band formed not too long ago, played a handful of shows at local venues like Happy Dog, Mahall’s and The Foundry, and after a few months of recording, they’re finally ready to put out their first collection of songs.
‘The Feels,’ starts off with “Charmagne,” a slinky piece full of pent-up energy. Cool, whooshing “ooh’s” behind singer Braxton Taylor’s aggressive vocals don’t do much to calm the tension, but help build drama as the song takes off in its bluesy direction.
Later comes the mysterious “Go and Get Gone,” which has singer Charity Cunningham howling out some soulful croons over Josh Montgomery’s pounding big band drums and cascading trumpet solos by Randall Hoyle. It’s the most musically powerful moment of the EP, with a crescendo that descends right back into the single repeated demand: “Why don’t you go and get gone?”
“Tired” breaks away from the rest of the EP’s songs, in that it actually sounds exhausted. The lethargic guitar lags behind a steady and driving beat, while the vocals get down into a murky kind of blues, tinged with anger. “Hey Mama” is intense and aggressive, with lyrics that drive the rest of the sexy song forward. Meanwhile, the guitar gets into a sloppy kind of grunge that contrasts with precise horns and vocal backing.
All in all, Samfox’s new EP is full of wildly diverse songs that stand well on their own, and flow well in a compilation. The band’s freshness says more about their position than their ability; while they execute a brand of soulful rock well, they seem less certain about how to define that brand.
But then again, they don’t seem too concerned about fitting in. What’s wrong with mixing up genres, instrumentation and affect between each part of the whole?
Through just six distinctly raw songs, you feel with the band, with each scratchy vocal and livid strum. Samfox’s ‘The Feels’ is an emotional experience that will take listeners along for a ride.
EP: “The Feels”
Artist: Samfox
Release Date: Jan. 30
Rating: 4/5 Stars - The Observer


Still working on that hot first release.



Samfox is a six-piece soulful rock' n roll band from Cleveland, Ohio. Armed with two powerfully collaborative vocalists reminiscent of a young James Brown and seductive Amy Winehouse; fueled by a punchy brass section, Samfox's EP "The Feels" lends itself to the musical styles of newer acts like Leon Bridges and Cage the Elephant. As their brand new dual-EP readies itself for a June 2017 release, the band is looking to share the love of their old and new sound to anyone ready to listen (and dance).

Samfox began in the summer of 2015. In less than two years they have quickly become a favorite act for various Cleveland music venues and festivals alike, establishing themselves as a band that can not only draw a crowd of all ages, but does so with an immeasurable boom of pride for their supporters and fans in the music scene.

Samfox has complemented the performances of out of town acts such as The Seratones, Black Pistol Fire, and We Are Scientists, and enthusiastically welcomes home native Ohio musicians such as Welshly Arms and The Moxies. "The Feels" is one of's Top 10 EPs of 2016.

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