• Though the band is now based in the Bay, its members are mostly Fresno-area boys
The bio for The Stone Foxes reads like a rock ‘n’ roll manifesto.
The San Francisco sextet is “on mission to bottle up all the energy, the impressive amount of sweat and the outrageous fun we have playing live and give it back to the rest of the humans as a record.”
We talked to singer/drummer/harmonica player Shannon Koehler in advance of the band’s set at this weekend’s Catacomb Party and came away with these tidbits.• The Stone Foxes’ next album, “12 Spells,” will be released for free one song at a time over the next year. Since September, the band has released a new song (complete with original track artwork) on the first Friday of each month. The entire collection (with a few bonus tracks) will be available in August. You can stream April’s track (released Friday, April 3) on the band’s Soundcloud page.
• Fans can donate food in exchange for free swag at shows. The Stone Foxes collect cans at each show and donate them to local homeless shelters as part of the Goodnight Moon project. The band started the project to help the homeless in San Francisco and has taken it on the road. They often end up hauling boxes of canned food in their van, Koehler says, though they try to make donations in each city they play.
“We want to make each night a community event.”• The band recently recruited two new members, including Fresno native Brian Bakalian. The new members have added another level of musicianship to the group, Koehler says. Bakalian is a drummer, but he also plays bass and guitar.
“We wanted to add some real firepower,” Koehler says. “I feel like I might be the worst musician in the band now.”• Bakalian isn’t the band’s only tie to the Central Valley. The band’s core members all grew up in the foothills and attended Sierra High School. Before moving to the Bay Area, Koehler played gigs around town at places like the Starline and at open mic nights.
“It means a lot to us to be able to come home. That’s what everyone dreams about.”