Back when New York City’s Stone Cold Fox released the video for their song, “Seventeen,” a few years back, we were enamored with their jittery, y2k-era LES-wave energy. But on this latest song, “Morning Light,” the band seem to have relaxed. Makes sense, since the track, a meandering, psychedelic tranquil, “is a song about sleeping in and spending the whole day alone after a one night stand,” the band’s Kevin Olken Henthorn explains.
“It began as an instrumental idea first brought to the table by Graham Stone. He had this slow pulsing instrumental demo that felt so fresh, it came from a soulful place and felt like an angle we’ve never looked at before. The band got to work on it, pieces started to form and I found a story within it. This was the first Stone Cold Fox song for me that I didn’t directly write from the get go, it was the first time I could just write based on a pre-existing melody.”
It was a challenge working that way, he says, but ultimately freeing.
“Sometimes you get so wrapped up in ideas and you end up sitting on things so long that you can lose focus. This time I just let the music really take the lead and aid the story. It was also one of the few times I got to take a real guitar solo, which is always great coming from a blues background. There usually isn’t any place for that in indie rock, but the soulfulness of the song allowed a lot more leeway. It’s now become a band favorite to play live, it’s a song that we can really dig into and slow things down for a sec.”
The song comes from their Tunnel Vision EP, out April 29. The band performs on May 7th at Mercury Lounge in NYC.
Photo by Shervin Lainez