Photo: Staci DeGagne
Okay, let’s see — we’ve heard of The Rolling Stones, The Stone Roses, Sly and the Family Stone, Stone Temple Pilots, The Stone Poneys, Queens of the Stone Age, Rammstein (yes, that counts — ‘stein’ is stone in German) and, now, The Stone Foxes. However, don’t get this twisted — The Stone Foxes are far from a static entity among a pool of like-named predecessors. This four-member ensemble from San Francisco combines the abrasive blues-inspired creations of Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart and the mysticism of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western originals with the nit, grit, and pop of classic southern rockers The Allman Brothers Band. These musical innovators are all brought up-to-date with staccato vocal hooks, contemporary country accents, and just the right amount of angst. Just off of the band’s newest release, ‘Small Fires,’ drummer and vocalist Shannon Koehler takes some time to explain that maybe the attraction to archetypically strong forces in nature don’t actually symbolize anything at all. In fact, you probably won’t believe which American sweetheart this audacious band was inspired by. Read below to find out.
Who came up with the band name?
I’m gonna blame it on Aaron. It’s not my fault.
Was there a selection process?
There was no selection process. Aaron just said, “I saw Julia Roberts call a guy a ‘stone fox’ in a movie.” For whatever reason, we just nodded and continued on with our day.
Is there a particular meaning behind the name?
There is a meaning so…deep, so…profound, so…meaningful behind our name that your mind might spontaneously combust! (No, there is zero meaning.)
What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?
Spence thought of The Hanker Chiefs a couple of years ago, but by then the damage had been done.
What’s the worst name that you considered using?
Vomitbitboobie. No joke.
Any regrets about the name you chose?
No. People just thought we were a band of old ladies for the first few years. No regrets whatsoever.
Pick up The Stone Foxes’ new album, Small Fires.
For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.