The 11-track effort has the feel of a product made for and formulated in a dingy basement with dusty floral couches, shag carpet and tacky wood wall paneling … and I mean that in the best of ways.
It’s something of a time capsule uncovered from four or five decades back, neither updated nor refurbished in any way. Luckily, the band has the chops to pull it off.
There’s a difference between being inspired by Led Zeppelin and sounding like Led Zeppelin, and Mind the Fox is accomplished enough to fall into the latter, especially on opener “Libra Lowrider,” “Come Inside” and “She Said.” The group might be even better at playful ’60s pop, as evidenced by the bouncy “Sunshine” and “Contradicting Friend,” with obvious nods to The Beatles.
There’s a misstep or two (“Never Gone” is noticeably out-of-place with a skainspired guitar riff, if a good one), and it’s a tad disjointed, if charmingly so, jumping from psychedelic freak-out to soulful jam to swampy classic-rock groove, all tied together in that general ’70s haze. Luckily for Mind the Fox, that’s one era that never goes out of style.
Songs for the Needy is available as a name-your-price download at mindthefox.bandcamp.com. —Joshua Boydston