By: Zachary Kolesar
A repetitive, sparkling guitar riff opens up Silver Fox & The Hounds’ latest single, “Be Your Man.” There is a familiar feel to this song, but it does not become fully apparent until 15 seconds in when Ethan Monk’s (Silver Fox) powerful, fluctuating voice appears on the record.
Like most of the group’s songs, it may contain memories of a different sound, but in this moment, Silver Fox & The Hounds truly ride a wave of Kings of Leon.
With inspirations ranging from Ryan Adams to The 1975 and even all the way back to Marvin Gaye, Silver Fox & The Hounds described its genre the best: Hit Shuffle.
On “Be Your Man,” however, Silver Fox & The Hounds is in Only by the Night Kings of Leon mode. That does not mean the Columbus act xeroxes the Nashville rockers’ style; it just shows its attention to detail and ear to the ground for all genres.
As the song progresses, Monk’s voice fluctuates in a way that separates Silver Fox & The Hounds’ sound from possible musical influences. A head-banging drum beat subsequently joins Monk, picking up the tone of the song for just a moment.
The song then settles back into a more calm state, but subtle cymbal crashes are still there. Monk really starts to experiment with his voice, bending it to sound like screams that echo how Monk longs to be “his baby’s” man. “My heart, my soul, she’s got a hold of me,” Monk laments on the track.
Silver Fox & The Hounds has no shortage of artists that light a fire under its creative juices. It is almost guaranteed that listeners will be treated to a varied sound once the next single surfaces. For now, jam out to “Be Your Man.”
The band will be releasing a single every month leading up to an album release. You can learn more about the band at silverfoxandthehounds.com.