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KNEE HIGH FOX Interview with Krsy Fox

 

KNEE HIGH FOX

Interview with Krsy Fox

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

Knee High Fox is an alt/rock/electronic band out of Los Angeles CA.  Singer Krsy Fox is a front woman with the kind of energy that takes you on a rollercoaster, with Simon Nagel on bass, Sam Bam Koltun on guitar, and Harley Dewinter on drums.    I had a great chat with frontwoman Krsy about the latest album, her love for horror movies, and toxic relationships.

 

 

 

BRR:  Growing up in the LA music scene must have been great.  However, I imagine it had it’s challenges with the saturation of bands.  What challenges did you have to overcome as a band to make it to where you are now?

 

Actually, myself and my bass player originally came from Vancouver, British Columbia area, which is similar to L.A., in that Vancouver has a really strong music scene.  It always has growing up.  Three Days Grace, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Sum 41, Avril Lavigne...all these bands were coming out.  Canada is a pretty small place so even bands from Toronto were recording in Vancouver quite often, so it was a pretty solid music scene there. When we moved to L.A., we were actually still very young but we decided we’d make a change and come down here.  It was a totally different type of scene but we were familiar with being around all different types of musicians and bands.  It was cool.  I felt like there was a lot of inspiration to be had.  When you’re from Vancouver, you write a lot of darker songs because of the weather.  When we moved out to L.A. we took some of the darkness with us, but I feel L.A. made the band more energetic and livelier, a little more creative and theatrical.  So, I feel like L.A. has had a huge influence on us for sure.  It was really cool being a young band here because we did residencies early at places like the Viper Room, which was so legendary.  It was cool being a band in L.A. that everyone would go and see.  It was a really, really important part of us because I feel like we really built up our live show early on and that’s been a huge part of the band.

 

BRR:  Knee High Fox is definitely a band that should be seen live.  I saw you in January of 2017 in Providence, RI and it definitely was a theatrical live show, like you said.

 

Was that Freakfest?  That was a fun show!

 

BRR:  Yes.  For those readers who haven’t seen you live yet, what should they expect?

 

Like I said, a lot of energy.  I really believe visuals and theatrics are just as important as the music.  I don’t believe in a band that thinks they can wear costumes and they can suck because it’s entertaining.  I believe you have to have great songs and be a great live band.  I think that having that other element makes it really exciting and makes for a night out, like a real show.  Those are the types of bands that I really looked up to growing up, bands that created a culture around them.  That was something I always wanted to do if I was going to have my own band, having this culture and unique thing that we did so people would be like, “If you like the music and video, that's cool, but see them live, trust me.”  That was something that was always very important to me and the rest of the band.

 

BRR:  Exactly.  I've often said that if you need a gimmick than you’re music probably isn’t that good.  But I guess that’s not always true because Knee High Fox brings it all, which makes it so entertaining to see.

 

Thank you.  You look at bands like Marilyn Manson to Slipnot to Rob Zombie to some Pop artists that are more out there like Björk, they are all incredible, but they also have this other element.  That was really inspiring and something more exciting to me than just jeans and a t-shirt. I think a lot of bands do that great, but I’ve always wanted to incorporate visuals in my live performance.

 

BRR:  You are also well known for the sexy, horror-like videos.  What made you decide to go in this direction?

 

I’m a huge horror movie fanatic.  I’ve seen everything.  I absolutely love horror movies.  ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ the original, is my all time favorite movie, other than a movie like ‘American Beauty.’ I watch a lot of horror and 90’s cult movies.  I really wanted the band to have elements of me and them.  Like my bass player, his all time favorite band is Rammstein and their shows are so big and their videos are so crazy.  So for us, it was just kind of natural to incorporate movies we loved and visuals we loved and kind of make the visuals and songs be made one thing.

 

BRR:  I'm sure it makes it more fun for all of you too.

 

Exactly.  We shot a video for our song “Witch” in April and it was insane.  We got stopped by the police like 3 times.  I thought we were going to get arrested at one point.  We got away with a lot in that video, so make sure you check it out. (https://youtu.be/LN1WORl1su0)  I can’t believe how lucky we got.  We were driving in a hearse and pulling a coffin out of it.  It was insane.

 

 

BRR:  Jawbreaker is your newest full length album released March 29th.  Can you tell me about the themes explored on this album?

 

I’m the primary songwriter of the band, and lyricist, and I grew up liking stuff like ‘The Craft’, ‘Girl Interrupted’, ‘American Beauty,’ and ‘Jawbreaker.’ I actually fell asleep one night watching ‘Jennifer’s Body’ and I had this really freaky nightmare where all my friend were in it and one of them died.  So the story of that title song actually came from a nightmare.  But, I really wanted to make the album make you feel like those movies would make you feel.  Those girls in the movies were so awesome and bad so I really wanted to incorporate that.  The song “Relapse” is kind of a true story of how I got out of a situation and bettered myself and then kept wanting to go back to that thing, that darkness, that toxic relationship that I shouldn’t want.  I feel like a lot of people can relate to that.  Sometimes it’s the passion and excitement that is around something that is really bad for you.  I just wanted every song on the album to be super honest and everything be about something real, or a nightmare apparently.  I always try to make each song a story it’s an emotional rollercoaster.

 

 

BRR:  I think “Relapse” is my favorite song on the album.  It was hard to pick because they are all very different.  Now you said it’s more based on a toxic relationship than alcohol or drugs?

 

Thank you.  It’s one of mine too, for sure.  I liked the metaphor, not to take away from how serious a drug addiction can be, but being in a situation where someone is really toxic and bad for you and the things it can make you do or the person it can make you become, it’s a very similar situation.  It’s almost like you lose control of yourself.  That’s the great thing about music.  You can listen to that song and you can relate it to an alcohol or drug addiction and it would still make complete sense.  That’s why music is so important, that everyone gets something different from a song or a band.  I’m totally open to interpretation;  whatever it needs to mean to somebody is cool.  Everybody has struggled with weaknesses and there is elements of that in their too. Anybody that knows me knows that I’m a bit of a maniac sometimes, so I definitely struggle within myself.

 

BRR:  Some bands I’ve interviewed don’t even like to discuss the meaning of songs because they like to leave it open to interpretation.  And you actually sound really fun to hang out with.  (laughing)

 

There’s that too, of course.  What’s the point if it’s not fun, right?

 

BRR:  Do you do all your own fashion?

 

Yes, we do all of our own wardrobe.  We try to keep it different every tour. Right now we are doing a lot of paint and black light. It’s really crazy visually because we’re really bright and everything else is dark.  It’s a fun look.  It’s more the “Jawbreaker” theme.

 

BRR:  Will there be another tour coming up?

 

We will be out pretty much constantly from May on.

 

BRR:  I hope you come back this way, or at least close.

 

I’d love to.  We had such a great time out there.  We were on tour with Powerman 5000 at the time and Spider is from Haverhill and we actually got to play his hometown and Providence.  He just knew all the areas and it was nostalgic for him and kind of cool for all of us to get the real inside tour.

 

BRR:  And Orgy and Death Valley High, who I interviewed live at the Providence show, was on that tour too.  That was a great show.  I know you just had the release in March, but what’s next for Knee High Fox?

 

We are going to shoot a bunch more videos, which we do for every record.  So a lot of that and playing live.  You never know, maybe some fun collaborations.  We just want to get out on tour with other bands.  We love our little tour families, so we’re just excited about that.

 

BRR:  Anything else you’d like to add that we haven’t covered?

 

Just check out the new album and for any information, go to kneehighfox.com.  We’re on Facebook, Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere else. I hope that everyone enjoys the record and hopefully we’ll get back out to your neck of the woods again soon.

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kneehighfox
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/kneehighfox
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/kneehighfox
Official:
www.kneehighfox.com

 

All photos courtesy of Knee High Fox

 

© Boston Rock Radio 2018

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