As the band’s frontman, Holley makes no secret of his struggles with Crohn’s disease, depression, and anxiety, so the title I’m Not Well clearly isn’t just an artistic affectation, but rather a reflection on the self-identity and emotional states of those living with invisible and chronic illnesses. From the outset, with the eponymous I’m Not Well, Black Foxxes work with a sound that is a well executed update on grunge/post-grunge/90s alternative-rock, making full use of dynamic range, demonstrating a commitment to emotionally authentic vocals, and all with the clarity of modern recording techniques. The drums are alive with nuance and texture, the bass doesn’t overwhelm the bottom end, the guitar is crisp or fuzzy as required, and Holley’s voice yelps and waivers.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 16th August 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.