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25 Nov

Please enjoy a preview of ‘Day In Lieu’ – one the songs to be featured on the upcoming LP, ‘Line of Sight’



9 Nov

Please enjoy a sneak preview of ‘Beatles Party’; one of the tracks to be featured on Black Fox’s debut record – ‘Line of Sight’.


6 Sep

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Callum and myself headed to the Purple Piano Studio in downtown Brooklyn to record some additional vocal parts for the record. This well-equipped and eclectically-decorated studio is situated at the back of Sanford and Sven’s Second Hand Store, and proved to be the perfect location to spend an afternoon laying down some takes. We rolled around in the early afternoon and were greeted by Sven, the very relaxed co-owner of this second hand store/studio space. He was happy to lead us past his collection of old super 8 cameras to the back of the store, where the studio is located.

We set up our gear in the middle of the room, surrounded by some kind of animal skin and a large collection of posters featuring Elvis, Van Halen and the Spice Girls. In the hours that followed, Callum laid down take after take of harmonies and backing vocals; stopping only briefly to slam down a greasy burger and leave a poor tip at a nearby food emporium. Once the recording session came to a close, we headed back to Callum’s pad to celebrate with a round of Drake’s Coffee Cakes—a delicious cinnamon snack, packed with great pop-culture references.



22 Aug

Currently sitting in Melbourne Airport, waiting to board a flight to the New York.  I’ll be over there for 10 days to collaborate with friend, musician, and teen-pinup Callum MacBain on a few tracks for the upcoming record. Originally from Melbourne, Callum has been studying and breaking hearts in Brooklyn since late 2010. Should be a riot. – Dane



10 Aug

This is our Yamaha TX7 FM expander; on loan from HT Nebauer. It’s the rack version of the Yamaha DX7 — probably the most famous digital synthesizer of all time. Dane and I pretty much always program our own synthesizer sounds on the Oberheim OB-8 and Roland Juno-106. Therefore, we never really paid the TX7 any attention….Until now!

There are countless patches available for the DX7 series, but needless to say, I’m still hooked on the factory presets — especially Strings 2, which sounds more like hazy brass…Anyway, I’ve squeezed Strings 2 onto just about every song on the record; usually blending it with AC1 Trumpet Ensemble from the Oberheim OB-8, which actually sounds more like strings…Another DX7 preset on the record, is Marimba; featuring in the bridges of both Monarch and Beatles Party. I’m predicting a comeback for early FM synths. So rad.



9 Aug

Last night, The Smoke guitarist and She Said co-writer, Luke ‘The Freshman’ Cartwright, returned from Sydney to his former residency and natural recording habitat to collaborate on the aforementioned song.After plugging his Gibson ES-137 into Leigh’s fully customized ‘wax-finish’ Fender amplification system, the Freshman proceeded to effortlessly lay down just under a dozen parts for the song whilst Dane and Daniel watched on.

She Said, written and demoed in early 2010 by The Smoke (but never released) received a warm reception when debuted live by Black Fox at the Espy over the weekend.‘We started recording She Said as a potential follow-up to Cut Like A Crystal, but it didn’t get finished in time. Parts from that session may still find their way onto the Line Of Sight version, though.’ Leigh will contribute acoustic guitar tonight from his ‘el retreato suburbano’, so stay tuned for further updates.

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