January 7, 2010
Three Legged Fox Interview
With soulful lyrics and a reggae feeling, Three Legged Fox is gaining quite a following in the eastern rock scene, getting a lot of radio airplay, and touring nationally. They’ve even performed with our friends, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.
SendMe sat down with drummer Kory Kochersperger and got the dish on these guys.
1. Your bio says you won a battle of the bands on the night of your first gig. How did you guys end up playing together and how long had you been at it before that gig?
We ended up playing together through mutual friends, a couple of auditions, a couple of jam sessions, and then the drummer at the time entered us into the University of Delaware Battle of the Bands. We didn’t have a name; we needed an original song and didn’t really have that either. So it was right away, there certainly wasn’t much playing up until then.
2. You guys have been working pretty hard since 2006 and touring quite a bit. What have some of the high points been?
We’ve been able to actually meet and play with a lot of the bands that inspired us to start our own. We’ve also been blessed with playing some pretty big hometown shows. Here in Philadelphia, venues that we grew up going to as kids, being able to play on those stages, that’s a definite highlight.
3. How have you guys been influenced by the Philadelphonic crew?
Well that group of guys who encompass Philadelphonic Studio, and the Philadelphonic sound, those vibes really came through on the album. Very much like G. Love’s music, laid-back, relaxed, that was our recording experience. So while G. Love may not have been a direct musical influence, working with his producer Chris DiBeneditto, there was undoubtedly an effect on the music. A positive experience, and an easy-going album, all good things.
4. Who are some of your biggest music influences?
Our influences come from all over the musical spectrum, hard rock, roots reggae, pop, jam band. We all came from pretty different musical backgrounds, which is probably our music isn’t necessarily one specific genre. The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, The Allman Brothers, Michael Rose, The Wailers, SOJA.
5. You seem to cover the northeast pretty well. Do you have a favorite city or venue where you enjoy playing a little more than the others?
The actual venue is secondary to the crowd. When we play in front of excited crowds who are into the music, it can often times make up for any of the venue’s shortcomings. It’s fun to play at home, but its definitely a lot of fun to travel to new places too. Lately, the Boston/New England area has been really really good to us. Fine taste in music up that way.
6. 3LF is clearly under the influence of reggae, but it’s hard to call you a reggae band. What is it about reggae that translates so well into other hybridized musical styles?
I agree in that reggae can slide into other genre’s of music and create some interesting sub-genre of music. And that’s exactly what we do. But it’s completely on a subconscious level. Reggae has some recognizable structures, or musical landmarks like the one-drop and things like that.
But when you get down in it, reggae is a feel. It drops people into that ‘sway’. Creates this head-bob, and you just know it when you feel it. I think we have like under a minute of actual one-drop reggae style drum beats on this latest album “Not as Far” but the sway is still there. And that’s what we go for, a whole room swaying, a whole room dancing, and maybe we accomplish that in a less than conventional reggae sense. And that’s okay with us.
7. Your first record, Ideas, really put you guys on the map in 2006. Not As Far was a long time in the making, are you happy with how people have responded to it?
On a whole, we’re definitely excited with the response thus far. It was more of a jumping off point. It was our first time in a real studio, and working with a real producer. In many ways, Not as Far was our first album. But we like how it came out, and the response has been positive. We have a little bit of momentum, kids are coming out to shows in places we’ve never been and singing the words with us. That’s a big deal, that’s a dream come true. And this goes back to the whole hybridization of reggae music, Not as Far has a lot of different sounds on it, it may not be the easiest first listen for fans of only rock or fans of only reggae. It takes a little bit of getting used to.
8. How do you think Not As Far shows how you’ve changed or grown as a band in the last three years?
I think there is just a natural maturation that occurred in the 2.5 years between IDEAS and Not as Far. We learned more about each other as people and as musicians. And we’ve been exposed to so much more music. We’ve played with so many local and national reggae/rock bands. Bands we didn’t even know existed back around IDEAS are actually direct influences on Not as Far.
And obviously you try and make your latest work, your best work. And that’s definitely a subjective statement; some people tell us they prefer IDEAS over the newer one. And that’s cool, so long as they like one of them. But ultimately the changes or the growth from one album to the next is natural. You try and have your eyes and ears open to the world, learn new things, try new things, and see how it goes.
9. Any ideas about where you think you might go with the next record?
As I just mentioned, there will be new factors into the making of the next album. That’s just part of progressing through time. We’re actually getting to work now with new stuff, and lyrically there is a little bit of a departure from Not as Far. So far the lyrics are a little bit darker, but not necessarily doom and gloom. It’s very much a look at the world as it sits today, the utter chaos that we seem to be stuck in, and also moving towards as a society. But definitely a love song or two. Things like that will always be in our music. As for the actual music, still reggae influenced, still not a total reggae band. We’ll see.
10. Where should people go for information about where to see you live?
Check out our website, www.threeleggedfoxlive.com, or MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.
We can’t wait for their next album, but in the meantime we’re digging Not as Far. Also, check out 3LF’s MySpace for some free acoustic tunes. Thanks for chatting with us, guys!
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