The New Zealand synth rock band Tablefox released the single Under A Broken Smile today.
Tablefox – Under a Broken Smile – artwork
Time-zones sometimes play havoc with reviews – I am writing this on the 24th here in the UK for publication schedule on what is as I type – tomorrow the 25th – but it is already the 25th in New Zealand and by the time this scheduled publication is publicly available it will already be the 26th in New Zealand – but enough of those conundrums…
Pared back from the members of the band mentioned in the initial review last year from the quintet to what is now a core trio Tablefox have nonetheless been able to impact more layers of texture in which the brain can engorge itself.
The distinctive new-romantics influences adorn the room on hitting play in the approaching three and a half-minutes of the track – those of us of older bones are transported straight into The Blitz and although retrospective of the ’80s has a timeless resonance that suits as well 2016 as 1980.
As always it is a pleasure to come to the Readers’ Choice for Band Of The Month, as without you it would be a fairly futile exercise ever putting finger to keyboard and thank you for taking time out of your day to take a wander through the eclectic mix of music.
The Readers’ Choice for Band Of The Month for November is the New Zealand rock quintet – Tablefox.
Matt Carson (Guitar), Clinton Bell (Vocals), Chris Dickinson (Guitar / Vocals), Brendan Coyle (Bass) and Owen Bradley (Drums) from Auckland in New Zealand is the rock band Tablefox.
Like skilled archers on battlefield flexing bows and shooting arrows Tablefox deliver music that plies its way into the heart in a volley that has the audience in paroxysms of ecstasy. The two guitars enable the quintet to deliver an intensity of fixation akin to satiating any long standing chocolate addict with the melting rush of body temperature melt.
The aural choreography minds of a Petipa ballet choreography as Tablefox syncopate rhythm and melody with bass, percussion and guitars floating effortlessly between each other with the vocal not seeking to become the spotlight, rather a fleeting shadow which the ears follow around the evolving landscape.
Tablefox is undoubtedly comprised of able musicians, what is of more import is that they have remained true to their direction of travel, which in the crowded market-place of melodious rock is an over-populated space, but to me they are well above shoulder high and it is only a sadness their undoubted abilities are not yet far more widely recognised. With fortune their début LP Objects, set for release on the 20th will allow them far wider space to be discovered.