An all around delight is how I’d describe Phox’s show at Mercury Lounge this past Wednesday. Hailing from Barbaroo, Wisconsin, this seven-piece band has the exact amount of charm – coupling beautiful floating vocals from lead singer Monica Martin, with a perfect backdrop of folk-pop music.
It was the first time in a while I’ve seen more guys lining the first row than women for a show of this kind. Addressing a sold out crowd, the band was in great spirits. While Monica did most of the talking, peppering her quips and quick wit with sips of her drink, she and the entire band came across very endearing and authentic. The camaraderie was wholly evident.
As each song sweetly transitioned into the next, it felt like a throwback to the music of the 60’s, but with a grassroots twist. Each band member took their turn playing solos, never out-showcasing the other members. The synergy between everyone onstage was palpable and absolutely refreshing.
Highlights from the evening were “Noble Heart”, a song about fickle love that started out a slow burner, and erupted into beautiful, swelling harmonies; “Kingfisher”, which earned a ton of cheers before it even started, was clearly a fan favorite from their recently released self-titled album; and “Slow Motion”, where everyone in the crowd eagerly clapped and sang along.
Phox is truly a shining gem in today’s sea of music. They’re the kind of band that everyone wishes they followed from the beginning. I’m glad I did.
Article by: Lesley Keller