[11 July 2012]
PopMatters Events Editor
Continuing an unprecedented streak of stellar releases, Hopeless Records has struck gold once again with For the Foxes’ new EP The Revolution. The newest addition to the label’s roster, For the Foxes have wasted no time in reaching their potential, releasing an ambitious pop-rock album full of diverse sounds, captivating melodies, and youthful exuberance. Produced by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, the same duo that has produced the likes of Mayday Parade, We are the In Crowd, and Cartel, The Revolution takes advantage of its brevity, using each of its six tracks to showcase a different angle of the band.
Perhaps the most notable thing to be taken away from The Revolution is that Nick Dungo can flat-out sing. His voice on opener “Sinking Like a Stone” shifts between clean and poppy in the opening verse to on-the-edge-of-screaming during the song’s chorus, and then back again with Daryl Palumbo-like ease. Likewise, the title track opens unassumingly enough before blasting into the EP’s best refrain, allowing Dungo to shine once again. To go along with the more aggressive tracks, there’s the gentle pop sound of “Moonlight Ride”, a gorgeous piano ballad in “The River”, and the surprising and delightful addition of horns to “Easy Way”. Throw in plenty of “woah-oh’s” and “yeah-yeah’s” and The Revolution is a fantastic compacted collection of summer sounds and a promising debut for For the Foxes.