See You There! Bill Fox
by Buck Quigley - posted 2:36 pm, July 17, 2009
Bill Fox first gained notoriety as singer/songwriter in acclaimed indie pioneers the Mice in the 1980s. Combining late 70s power pop with original DIY punk ethos, Cleveleland’s the Mice were extremely influential in the Northeast, giving inspiration to later Ohio outfits such as Guided By Voices and Cobra Verde. After the breakup of the Mice in 1988, Fox recorded two records for the indie SpinArt label during the 90s. Although neither sold very well, his Dylan-esque folk of sadness, longing, regret, and redemption won him a devoted cult following that has grown to this day. At the turn of this decade, Fox retreated from the music business and nothing has been heard from him since. He has maintained he has no desire for success or acclaim and has no yearning for a life in the public eye. Still, upon hearing that Bill Fox had begun performing a few low key shows in Cleveland, local musician and ardent Fox fan Peter Williams contacted him for Friday’s (July 17) show at Mohawk Place. Suprisingly, he agreed. Although he shuns the spotlight, Bill Fox’s songs deserve to be heard. Also on the bill are the Winter Coats and the Grim Repair.
9p. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931 / www.mohawkplace.com). $5