about king of foxes
King of Foxes offers up something of value: a musical divining rod that pulls the listener to an inner river that is at once both familiar and uncanny. Delivered in a voice equal parts fierce and fragile, frontwoman Olivia Street’s lyrics are poetic and evocative, deftly interwoven with seeing-eye guitar hooks and a cogent understanding of songcraft. Her signature sound is quirky and textural, incorporating elements of Brit-pop and melodic indie rock that inform a well-read musical style. Lush with layered guitars, infectious vocal melodies, and “instant indie-rock cred”, the 2016 release, Golden Armour, boasts a radio-ready aesthetic of alt-rock influences and garage rawness, and the album charted on the Canadian independent music charts for 17 weeks. A new release, titled Salt & Honey, is planned for the fall of 2018. King of Foxes is the recipient of a “10k20” grant from the Jim Pattison Group, was recently nominated as an “Artist to Watch” at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards, and was the recipient of both a Harvard Broadcasting Touring Grant and an Edmonton Arts Council grant from the City of Edmonton in 2018. Street was selected to participate in the Artist Entrepreneur AEWest program in November 2018, an intensive artist development program administered by Canada’s Music Incubator.
King of Foxes has drawn comparisons to Veruca Salt, Lush, and Metric, but retains an edgy persona led by seeing-eye guitar hooks and Olivia Street’s elegant, pop-tinged vocals. Golden Armour features nine songs that explore the heart, in its magnitude and its weaknesses: songs about leaving and being left, and anthems for anyone who has loved and lost. The album crosses a lot of different genres—incorporating elements of grunge, alt country, retro pop—and yet has a cohesive sound that comfortably re-configures the genres it draws upon. Most importantly, the release never loses touch with the emotional platform great songs are built on.
King of Foxes has supported iconic bands such as Billy Talent, and Econoline Crush, and have also played alongside Juno-nominees the Darcys, the Dudes, and the Pistolwhips. Other notable performances include festival placements, such as: Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival (Beaumont, June 2017), The Works Festival (Edmonton, June 2017), Sasquatch Gathering (Métis Crossing, July 2018), East Coulee Springfest (Wayne, May 2018), Found Festival (Edmonton, July 2018), Make Music Edmonton (June 2018), International Beer Festival (Edmonton, April 2018), and SkirtsAFire herArts Festival (Edmonton, March 2017).
what others are saying
press clippings for king of foxes
"King of Foxes is an awesome indie-rock band with a lot of great originals and personality. If you like rock and roll, you will love these guys!"
- The Edmonton Muse (July, 2017)
"I fully expect Golden Armour to catch the attention of alternative rock stations across the country. It’s definitely an album Canada can be proud to call their own. If you love indie rock, strong female vocals, and just rocking out to great music, you will love Golden Armour. If you aren’t familiar with King of Foxes I suggest you take a listen, you won’t be sorry."
- Canadian Beats (Feb 14, 2016)
"King of Foxes' Golden Armour shines as brightly as its title suggests. The Edmonton band's debut LP has a tough outer shell that glistens with a delicious combination of slick pop hooks and leader Olivia Street's captivating vocals... If Golden Armour is any indication, the future looks bright for King of Foxes."
- Exclaim (Dec 25, 2015)
"Golden Armour, has no shortage of high-octane anthems that land comfortably in the garage-rock sphere, accompanied by Street’s infectious, pop-tinged vocals."
- Vue Weekly (Feb 17, 2016)
"Olivia Street’s predominantly sweet, sometimes spunky vocals are a highlight, with playful garage rock hooks and a pop-driven appeal that would fit right at home on your next fave indie film soundtrack."
- The Permanent Rain Press
"Sometimes you just need a suit of armour to shield you from the latest bad news, Twitter spats, or sports scores of the day. Not a heavy medieval outfit, but a light, almost uplifting suit of Golden Armour, as furnished by Edmonton’s spunky King of Foxes.."
- Edmonton Journal (Jan 25, 2016)
"A powerful blend of garage rawness and alt rock influences, capped off by a lo-fi production aesthetic... A compelling EP that takes the listener deep into the music, with radio ready tracks that are not afraid to retain their edgy persona. This sterling debut from the band is the way rock is meant to sound."
- Floorshime Zipper Boots (Dec 9, 2013)
"Instant indie-rock cred, led by seeing-eye guitar hooks and Olivia Street’s incredible voice, elegant and soaring but restrained enough to stay within the music instead of catapult over top of it."
- New Music Michael (Dec 12, 2013)