The Fox

by Ruff Majik

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Balázs Csizmadia This rocks. Thanks. Favorite track: Canned Fruit Bats.
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Not Ridley It's like if Truckfighters and Jack White had a baby, and that baby went on to make some of the best tracks I've heard all year. Favorite track: Coffin Dragger.
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flightoficarus (Metal Trenches) What does the fox say?  Well, this one says to smoke hella weed and listen to Black Sabbath and Jack White.  Apparently this psychodelic and "sultry" EP was recorded in just 2 hours.  Pretty impressive; and it really does sound like a record from the 70's.  Turn on the blacklight, plop down in the beanbag chair, and let it play.
- MetalTrenches.com Favorite track: King of the Badgers.
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The Fox is the second in line of the limited run of EP releases to be completed by Ruff Majik. Much like its predecessor, The Bear, the heart of The Fox lies in the no bullshit sound. Straightforward live recording with three musicians pummeling away at their respective instruments. It's a lively album, but much more rounded than previous explorations, bringing in a few "easy listening" tracks. However, these tracks are always haunting, and heavy stoner doom breaks are always ready to be dealt out with reckless abandon. It's a very riff centered album, as it should be. Lyrically, it deals with death, loss, magic, mystery, heavy drinking and the feeling of relentless struggle in an ever less caring society. Turn your speakers up to 100%.



Press:

- "The music breaking boundaries again"- Doombringer

- "Turn on the blacklight, plop down in the beanbag chair, and let it play." - metaltrenches.com

- " Oft times bluesy, oft times fast and furious," - metalnexus.net

- "the pieces’ enticing character makes for an effortless win-over." - Texx and the City

- " Fuzz to the bone" - Hand Of Doom

- "The Fox bites back and bites hard and instantly grabs you for one of my favourite rock and roll trips this year." - More Fuzz

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released September 1, 2016

Johni Holiday - Guitar, vocals, narratives
Benni Manchino - Drums, narratives
Jimi Glass - Bass guitar
Dewald "Dave V" Visser - Producer, sound engineer
Shawn Taylor - Tracking engineer at SABC studio one
Released in association with Bobbejaan Records

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Garage three piece from Pretoria, South Africa. Heavy and groovy.

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Track Name: King of the Badgers
Woke up with a dagger in my chest. The gods tried to lay me to rest. They can try all they want, they can try their best - my skin is too thick.

Oh sister, you slit the throat of the lamb - spilling those warm words all over me. Well, I cut the head off the Serpent, while I was still alive and wreathing inside of it.

You got to make friends with the grave, before you go around the bend. You got to drag your coffin with, we'll bury you at the end.

You say I got a blasphemous tongue. Well honey, there ain't no song that ain't been sung. And when you speak you spew out snakes - you've got that horrible forked tongue.

Well I've driven my heel into the heads of serpents much bigger and heavier than you. Yeah you could stone me if I'm wrong, 'cause I wouldn't mind getting stoned if I could kill the people that I loathe.


You got to make friends with the grave, before you go around the bend. You got to drag your coffin with, we'll bury you at the end.
Track Name: Wax Wizard
I hide my face behind a cloud of smoke, 'cause I'm so poor even my bones are broke.
I break the bottle when I get to the bottom - for all these fights, yeah, and you start 'em.

I'll show you what to do.

I do voodoo, and I bewitch you. I'll make you move with my voodoo.

You're paralyzed. Cold frozen eyes. Nothing left to do.


I do voodoo, and I bewitch you. I'll make you move with my voodoo.
Track Name: Canned Fruit Bats
Have you seen my shadow? I sold him a long time ago - to The Crow, so I could never get old. I'll die a young man, my famous last words carved out on my chest.
They say: "You ain't got no soul. You ain't got no head."

My head is heavy, just like I'm dead. Dragging my feet 'cause my body is lead. So break the bread - I need some wine. Overindulge, throw the pearls to the swine.

I need to lay my body to rest. I need to find a place to lay down my heavy head. Damned if you love me - I'll be damned if you don't. I've been cursed by the liquor and the heavy smoke.

Have you seen my hair? Filthy like a dog. Kick me when I'm down, I don't even give a damn. 'Cause my head is heavy and full of holes. No, this ain't Hell, but it is pretty close.

I need to lay my body to rest. I need to find a place to lay down my heavy head. Damned if you love me - I'll be damned if you don't. I've been cursed by the liquor and the heavy smoke.

I've been cursed by the liquor and the heavy smoke.
Track Name: Sodoom and Gomorrah
Hair grown like woods, riddled with witches. His eyes were only made for looking at the Priestess. Still the same buildings standing in place. Still the same roots growing up to his waist.
She looks so good in her funeral gown, better hurry up,'cause the hearse is going round.

Still the same coffin that I left behind. Twenty-odd years, you don't need to remind me - that this pillar of salt used to be my wife. Could've been a queen. Could've had a life.
She looks so good in her funeral gown, better hurry up,'cause the hearse is going round.

And I'm a patron of The Valley Below. I am the saints and the martyrs. I am the scum on death row. I used to be alive, but now I'm dead in a hole. They call me penniless scum. I even sold my soul.

And the good people said: "You must have lost your head. You can't listen to the Priestess. Not a word that she's said."
I used to be alive, but now I'm dead in a hole. They call me penniless scum. I even sold my soul.

Priestess, oh could you take me home? I ain't nothing if I'm not a wary soul.
Track Name: Coffin Dragger
I came here with a shovel to dig myself a hole. But my coffin was an ill fit. The boots I'm wearing are ones that I stole.
I brought coins for my eyes. A feather to weigh my heart against. 'Cause I don't know where I'm going, but wherever it is, I'm already spent.

Racing a chariot over a cliff. All I need is an earth shift. Tore open a rib cage. Spat out a lung. Hell knows I hope you know I've tried my best but I always turn out wrong.

I came here with a coffin to dig myself a hole. But my coffin was an ill fit. The boots I'm wearing are ones that I stole.
I brought coins for my eyes. A feather to weigh my heart against. 'Cause I don't know where I'm going, but wherever it is, I'm already spent.

Fell in love with a Siren, and I should've known that she'd be the death of me. Broke a bottle upon entry to slit the Ferry man's throat. 'Cause I ain't taking a ride with him. I'd rather just dive in and let myself soak.
Track Name: Royal Forest
I am a vulture.
I prey upon those that do not move.
I am a murder of crows.
My cloak is long and it always grows. My cloak will blot out the sun - swallow the ocean.
I'll come astride that pale horse whose name you know.

Every man's got to pay his pound of flesh. We all end up in the ground at best. And yeah, I got your letters, saying you'll pray for me because the sun didn't come up yesterday and it had something to do with me.

And I'll bury you down by the tree where you used to sit and pray for me.