After amassing over 50,000 streams on their first single, Bond Street, in April, Sunshine Coast indie-rock collective, Toxic Fox, are continuing to strike a chord with fans releasing their debut EP White Jail earlier this month. Returning to their roots, the record features a re-recorded version of the band’s first demo, White Jail, which also serves as the title of the EP. Dazzling listeners through a multitude of styles and emotions, the five tracks on Toxic Fox’s debut record deliver an authentic indie-rock experience complete with intelligent references, deep guitar tones and infectious hooks.

A warping guitar riff opens the record, presenting a turbo-charged sound enhanced by the soothing vocals of Zephyr Jenkins that together usher in a lush dynamic of indie-rock power. Lead single Bond Street is pit stop number two, with ambient guitars weaving an insanely layered backdrop to a truly infectious chorus. A vast guitar solo teamed with a punchy chorus, and stellar keys (contributed by newly added member, Dorah Jacson), make third track Dear X a standout. This reggae and surf-rock number accentuates every great aspect of the band, while Oil Painted Hill and Ten Years round out the release on a touching and bright note.

White Jail is a spectacular showcase of Toxic Fox’s earliest material. Their organic and punchy sound is welcoming, but unafraid to express and dazzle with musical prowess. Listeners would be hard pressed to find a band as consistent in their genre.

Toxic Fox’s debut EP White Jail is out now.


This review is courtesy of Phoenix Radio’s Emerge program, hosted by Calen Le Couteur and Russell Thompson. Follow Emerge and tune in on Monday nights 7-9PM HERE.