Ed note: SurfRhythm welcomes new contributor Suzanne Wheeler.
Trekking over 8500 miles on a cross-country tour, Three Legged Fox landed at DC’s 9:30 Club as their final stop. This past Friday, I headed to DC to see the Philadelphia-based, reggae-infused band. I had been hoping to hear them break out some new material, but it was not in the cards for that night. Nonetheless, 3LF brought plenty of energy to the show and played a mix of songs from their last two albums, Always Anyway (2011) and Not as Far (2009).
SurfRhythm: Your show at DC’s 9:30 Club wrapped up a national spring tour that took you all the way to California. What was the high point of the journey for you? What was the low? Did the lengthy road trip inspire any new material?
Kory: I think that finally making it out to the West Coast was a big move for us. Kids have been asking us to come out there for years, so it was great to meet a lot of them and to play for them. Colorado was an amazing time, too. Kids really came out and sang with us, energy was great. As for tour inspiring material? I’m always writing, whether I’m home or out with the band, I think (the tour) inspired the ‘fire’ to elevate our game and to keep pushing. A national tour will tell you how much work you’ve got left to do, and we’ve got a ton, but it’s encouraging, it’s good.
SurfRhythm: It sounds like you’ve got some new music in the works. Did you debut any new material on tour (or when will we be hearing it at shows)? When should fans be expecting new singles or an album to drop?
Kory: Definitely got some new stuff happening. It’s all very rough. To be honest, Kyle and I were working on new songs like 2 months after Always Anyway came out. It’s just natural to want to write/create. Right now we’ve got 4 real clear-cut songs…and a bunch of ideas. I send Kyle lyrics all the time, and actually him and I just had a conversation about the need to start putting some concentrated time into deciding what we like, what we want to build on etc etc. I’d love to put out a couple singles and save the ‘album’ idea for next year. But I dunno. We haven’t reached a definite consensus on that yet. We’re going to put new 3LF music out in some capacity in 2012, I can say that much for sure.
SurfRhythm: The one down point to the show at 9:30 was an apparent problem with an amp during the first few songs. Did you guys figure out what the glitch was?
Kory: I saw that too. Gear problems are a downer, you’re right. I haven’t talked to [guitarist] Chris [Duddy] about that yet…but I will. That kind of stuff is never good.