PHOXJAW Single/Video: You Don’t Drink A Unicorn’s Blood
You Don’t Drink A Unicorn’s Blood is the third single from Bristolian quartet PHOXJAW’s forthcoming debut album Royal Swan which is due for release via Hassle Records on 3rd July 2020.
PHOXJAW are a band I’ve been following for a few years, and they just keep getting better and better. Their latest offering is a great introduction to the band.
From the off the track kicks in with a real heavy dark riff, pounding at you, grabbing you by the scruff of the neck and making you pay attention. Almost without warning, there’s a sharp contrast into the calming verse. Their vocalist Danny Garland’s clean vocals mixed with the atmospheric guitar make you feel like you’re almost floating, an out of body experience.
Something PHOXJAW do really well is that they press you with heavy riffs, calming verses and catchy choruses. You Don’t Drink A Unicorn’s Blood is no different, with the clean chorus line of ‘You don’t ever never ever no you don’t’ followed by the anger filled screams of ‘You Don’t Drink A Unicorn’s Blood’, PHOXJAW give you an earworm that you can’t shake.
Out of the second chorus comes a much faster paced riff, teasing a big climax, even going down to a half time riff still fills you with excitement before another contrasting calming solo bringing you back down to earth. That feeling doesn’t last long though as the sludgy screech comes back to finish you off, drumming into you the warning not to touch that unicorn blood!
You Don’t Drink A Unicorn’s Blood is a great track from what is looking to be a fantastic debut album, that I for one can’t wait to hear! If you haven’t had the experience of PHOXJAW live, make sure you get to one of their shows as well, as great as they are at writing and recording, their live performances are another level!
…and finally make sure you don’t drink a unicorn’s blood.
– Chris Brain
Pre-order “Royal Swan” (album) here:
Born from a cabin-fevered recording experience at Devil’s Bridge in Wales, Royal Swan harks back to a fantastical medieval England. Without being overtly political, Royal Swan also details the tension inherent in modern day Great Britain – the sense of isolation and resentment the United Kingdom has fostered versus trying to retain a sense of pride in one’s own country. Listen out especially for the title-track and opening track for this.
To this end, and in classic PHOXJAW style, Royal Swan enlists a range of local musicians and sound-experiences, adding to the band’s core unique sound. Devil’s Bridge Cottage leaves its mark on the record, fostering PHOXJAW’s claustrophobic recording experience and physically shaping the sound, with each band member recording in separate rooms (and guitars in an airing cupboard).