Red Fox Grey Fox reforms to headline Triple Rock at West Bank Music Festival
If you know Peter Miller, you probably know him as the frontman for local band We Are the Willows. Miller's jarring falsetto, as child-like as it is haunting, sweeps listeners along in wistful, dreamy songs.
But before We Are the Willows, there was Red Fox Grey Fox -- made up of all the same band members (Miller, Ben Pien, Jeremiah Satterthwaite, and Stephen Lindquist), but with a very different sound. In Red Fox Grey Fox, the sound turns a little more experimental, and Miller's vocals crossover from folk to punk territory. As band dynamics shifted, We Are the Willows -- originally a RFGF side project -- became Miller's main musical focus.
It's now been nearly two and a half years since the release of A Snake, A Scoundrel, This Man is Cursed, the second release from Red Fox Grey Fox. The band's energy in the Twin Cities has been sorely missed, and this Saturday at the West Bank Music Festival, the band will make an official reemergence as the headliner at the Triple Rock.
"Basically, in the last year and a half we've started playing together again in a really informal way, Tuesday nights we just go to my basement and jam," says Miller on the reviving of Red Fox Grey Fox. "There wasn't really any decisive end to [Red Fox Grey Fox], and apart from the show [at the Triple Rock], there isn't really a distinctive reemergence for the band. It's more like rekindling an old flame."
Unlike We Are the Willows, which Miller has down to a formula at this point, Red Fox Grey Fox allows for some creative flexibility.
"One of the really nice things about us is that we don't have any super stringent parameters of the project. I think we've just sort of fallen in love with the idea of some people playing music together and the excitement of that experience," continues Miller. "The difference between the projects is that with Red Fox Grey Fox, when we approach writing songs, it's like one person introduces an idea -- a melody or a drum part or a certain guitar part--and we all just brainstorm and add to until it's something that is all of ours. With We Are The Willows, I would just write the parts and direct everything."
Miller and the band have been reworking old Red Fox Grey Fox songs and adding new ones, and from the sound of things, they're looking to keep the creative juices flowing.
"We plan on recording at some point, and we plan on playing more shows regionally," says Miller, "but I think mainly, we're playing music where we're really excited about it. It kind of feels like we're in high school again, and our parents are going to come downstairs and tell us to keep it down."
The full line-up at the Triple Rock Social Club on Saturday night:
Red Fox Grey Fox
An Aesthetic Anaesthetic
Me And My Arrow
Doors are at 9 p.m. Show starts at 10 p.m. 18+. Free with a West Bank Music Fest Wristband ($10).
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