Toxic Foxtrot Makes Their Epic Debut at The Masquerade
Atlanta is home to all kinds of musicians that are trying to make their mark on the world. One relatively new contender in the local scene is a four-piece troupe called Toxic Foxtrot, consisting of spitfire frontwoman Bri Foxx, who doubles on vocals and acoustic guitar, keyboardist Hart Deer, electric bassist Will Bass, and drummer Will Derr. They have a spunky sound that is a cross between an energized Amy Winehouse and a 70s jam band, with the look to boot. Each of the band’s members has a style that pays homage to that classic rock vibe and flair that often seems to be lacking in more modern rock acts. A lot of this styling seems to come from Foxx who, although only in her early 20s, has focused much of her life on making music - from middle school chorus to playing open mics while still attending high school. Her personality sparkles both on stage and off, as I have met her on a few occasions away from a stage and audience.
Having only come together as a band this past summer, Toxic Foxtrot made a spectacular first impression when they took the Purgatory stage at The Masquerade on December 19th. The band played in an acoustic showcase that also featured Atlanta’s own The Royal Turns, with both acts serving as support for Spill Canvas (who were performing a rare acoustic set of their own). Toxic Foxtrot opened their set with an original banger entitled “Blacklisted”, a tight song with some technical pizzazz that really set the tone for the rest of their performance. Foxx's intense guitar playing aligned perfectly with the rhythmic ramblings of Bass and Derr, and the energy in the air was palpable. It has been a long while since I have seen someone rock out as hard as Bri, who made her acoustic guitar wail like a vintage Les Paul. The rest of Toxic Foxtrot's set consisted of a mix of other such originals, as well as covers like "Valerie", as sung by Amy Winehouse, and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy". Both of these tracks are personal favorites of mine, and I was very impressed with the jam-based twist that the band put on both of these contemporary classics.
I was struck by a question Foxx asked the audience, which was, “What is the best thing about a show?” A few of the typical answers you would expect were thrown out by the crowd, but none hit the mark that Foxx had in mind. She then blurted out “the fans that attend!” to a chorus of cheers and hollers from all corners of the venue. This extra mile of connecting with their fans will get Toxic Foxtrot far in the music world, on top of their outstanding showmanship and talent.
Photo credit: Evan Bijit