In the wake of Shihad winning their umpteenth NZ Music Award, it seems reasonable to assume they’ve got rock in little old Aotearoa sewn up. Not so, say Auckland five-piece, Tablefox. Taking on a slick, indie vibe with their debut album, Objects, these rockers are ensuring they’ll be filling up all kinds of ears and minds this summer. And hey, Shihad have to retire at some point… right?
Opening with the title track, Tablefox build driving choruses over purring guitars and snappy hi-hats. Vocalist, Clinton Bell, holds his lyrics with a smooth affection as his band mates prop up the harmonies. It’s a striking opening number and paired well with the slower and smokier next track, Right or Wrong strung out by guitarist, Matt Carson. Tablefox hold indie sensibilities with woven guitar lines and stark lyrics, but there is some real power pop underneath it all. You and I Will Find a Way Home and lead single, Something Better, have all the key elements to take over radio waves.
The standout track is not filled with the big friendly choruses that dominate this album. It might simply be the refreshing change in tone and timing, but ballad Cigarette Glow, complete with falsetto vocals in places, really holds up in a record that could fool you into thinking this band have been swinging out pop hits for years.
With Tablefox heading down to Hamilton’s own Nivara Lounge on November 27th, it’s a great chance to catch these guys live and with a refreshing beverage in hand. Hp
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