What: Red Fox Run
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230
More info: hi-dive.com
Red Fox Run are on the verge of releasing an EP titled Skeletons, the follow-up to the Denver indie rock band’s debut, [take]ctrl.
The concept is a little sadder than you’d expect, coming from such a positive, earnest band that dedicates part its time to charity work, but it wraps up in an uplifting way. We talked to singer and rhythm guitarist Daniel Rondeau about the EP and the importance of community.
So, you’re working on a new EP. Tell me about it.
Well, this is our first recording that we’ve done with a label, so it’s our first time working with producers. It’s a concept album and we put songs together just for the album. The whole theme of it is hiding skeletons, kind of, and then it resolves in how those things that you hide, when you take them out into the light, it can turn into something beautiful.
It was something we were going through together as a band. This has been a struggling last six months. Right after we finished recording the last album, we lost two band members. One was a very hurtful exchange and the other was very understanding, but still hurt. So, a lot of the album reflects that, I think.
It sounds like it ends happily, though.
Yeah, it starts out with the theme — like the first song is called “Skeletons” and it’s just about us hiding all that crap. And as the story progress, the third song, “Bless Your Bones,” talks about letting those skeletons out, and then the skeletons come out and start dancing, and it’s a beautiful thing. It’s kind of a weird story.
Toward the end, we’re talking about — something is wrong and we’re realizing where the problem is and that we can heal ourselves. And the last song is where we can figure it out and move forward.
Our first album [take]ctrl — there’s such a night and day difference between how gritty we sounded live and on [take]ctrl. Skeletons captured our grungier side. We’re influenced by Fugazi and Cage the Elephant.
Do you still have time for your charitable causes?
We’ve been working a lot on this album lately, but yeah. We love music enough to do it alone, but there’s not much purpose if it’s not going to be serving a greater cause.
We really have a heart for community development and I personally have a big heart for the youth of Denver. I work for flobots.org. We’re almost three years old — wow — and we’re trying to figure out what kind of niche we fit in and how we can serve the community and what kind of potential we have to give. We’re giving a little here and there and we’re trying to know our neighbors and the neighborhood we’re in. We practice in the West Colfax area and we’ll have our neighbors come over and have a few beers with us. We’ll have house shows and stuff like that.
So has Denver been treating you well, then?
It’s been kind of up and down. Sometimes I feel like there are a lot of venues that take the music scene seriously, but there are also a lot of music venues that don’t. Sometimes we get a little bit down with how there are a lot of people in the Denver music scene that are all talk.
We’re finding our niche with people that are serious and using the music to do something substantial in the community, and Flobots is one of them.
So what comes after the EP release?
We’re planning on touring. We’re not sure where yet, but we’re looking at touring the end of summer. Until then, we really want to play for all the little small towns around Denver. They don’t get catered to as much as we do out here, where there are four shows every night that you can choose to go to.