A common thread among almost any music fan is that they turn to music to help cope with emotions, often to help them get out of a negative rut. Those Clever Foxes turned what was supposed to be a temporary fix to lift each other’s spirits into a permanent indie-punk project. Real-life obstacles – lacking confidence, heartbreak, various regrets – are coped with and delivered through upbeat melodies & danceable rhythms. It’s impossible not to be in a good mood listening to Those Clever Foxes’ latest EP Something You Can’t Take, which you can stream in its entirety on their Bandcamp.
For Fans Of: The Front Bottoms, Less Than Jake, Modern Baseball
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by Ashley Aron
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Doug Griffiths – Vocals/Guitar
Sean Flynn – Vocals/Guitar
Matt Duffy – Guitar/Vocals
Rick Berry - Bass
Nick Lawrence - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We all live either in Scranton, or in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Sean: We’ve been a band for three years now. It came together when Doug and I were at a low point in our lives and decided to start a joke band to cheer each other up. We enlisted two other friends who were in the same boat we were and made a band with a gimmick that we all swapped instruments. The whole real idea was to be to play bars with our friends and get free drinks and have fun. At one point we realized that we were tired of being this joke band and started taking it serious. We really wrote songs and got focused on doing it the right way and stopped with the gimmicks and swapping instruments and got real players who really wanted to play.
How have you grown since you started?
Doug: The biggest growth has been the overall attitude of the band. We started this, like Sean said, out of boredom and necessity, but quickly realized that this band is something unique and special to all of us. This band is and will always be fun, but we’ve become so serious about it. We’re writing about our personal problems and demons, and it’s an emotional outlet.
What sets you apart from other bands?
D: I think it really comes down to passion. We all work full time jobs, and are so busy living, but this band is what we all want to do with our lives. I think that shows through both in our songs and in our live shows.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
S: Besides being in the band with your friends, I guess it has to be the music, playing shows, and watching the crowds react. It’s a super cool feeling seeing everyone from kids to older punk rock guys singing the words to our songs.