Foxes at Stealth
Foxes went to Stealth on Saturday night – we loved it
Foxes’ debut at Stealth was supported by European disco group, Mausi, who are part Geordie, part Italian and all feel-good. The irreverent ‘My friend has a swimming pool’ and ‘Body language’ all share the melting synths and chanting chorus of Friendly Fires for a sound that is pure sunshine.
Lead singer Daisy Finetto even got the crowd of buzzcut hipsters bopping as much as their vintage orthopaedic shoes would allow and left Stealth a much happier and sweatier place than they found it.
By the time husky voiced Lousia ‘Foxes’ Allen took to the stage the room had filled out. One fanboy had even donned a fox hat.
The set opened with ‘Ghosts’ and her soulful voice was made all the more captivating amid the smoke and strobe lights of Stealth’s packed room.
With her powerful vocals and distinctive mane of hair, Foxes seems larger than life but was surprisingly small in person, though big on drama.
She moved from fan favourite ‘White coats’ to her album namesake ‘Glorious’, with the sort of hand-waving, arm-twirling theatrics that make likings to Kate Bush obvious.
The set was high energy but the standout moments came from more minimal tracks, ‘Hold on we’re going home/Monster’ acoustic cover and stripped back ‘Youth’ that showcased Foxes at her best.
It seemed clear that, although she held the room with her voice, she didn’t completely have the confidence to talk to the audience. Not that they cared.
As they say; Foxes in name, foxy in nature. At one point, she danced across the stage, pleated mini-skirt twirling, arms outstretched as she sang ‘Holding onto heaven’, punched the air and simultaneously gave every man in the room an erection.
She kept asking the audience if they were hot because she felt like she was in a Jacuzzi. Mr Fox Hat’s jeans knew the feeling.
The set ended on the electro smash ‘Clarity’ a little too abruptly but you can’t fault Foxes for doing what all musicians really should; leave them wanting more.