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hmv.com reviews… PHOX @ London’s St Pancras Church
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hmv.com reviews… PHOX @ London’s St Pancras Church

PHOX, the Wisconsin six-piece, released their self-titled debut album yesterday (September 1st) and celebrated with a sold-out show at London’s St Pancras Church. Here is our review…

 

Who?

PHOX, free-wheeling country types.

 

Where?

London’s St Pancras Church, nice church round the back of Kings Cross station. 

 

Was it full? And how were the crowd?

It was completely sold out, with not a spare pew to be found. People were sat on the floor and crammed in at the back. 

 

So what was the set like? What did they play?

They ran through almost all of their self-titled debut album, bringing its lilting country grooves to life supremely. Real highlights included 'Kingfisher', a stunning 'Espeon' and a lovingly played 'In Due Time'. 

 

Any good between song banter?

Lots. Singer Monica Martin is a great talker, she told lots of funny stories, with plenty of self-deprecation chucked in. It's a nice contrast to the band's ornate sound. 

 

Did they put on much of a show?

Given it was in a church, there’s not much you can do in terms of bells and whistles, but the setting worked perfectly for the show.

 

What was the highlight of the set?

Martin performed ‘Calico Man’, the opening track from the band’s album, in the centre of the church, accompanied by nothing by an acoustic guitar. It was stunning.

 

Where can I catch them next?

They’re back in November for a full UK tour and you can find the dates here.

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PHOX - Kingfisher [Official Video]

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