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Rap infused hardcore band FOX LAKE share aggressive, gripping new video for new single “Dog Eat Dog”

Taking influences from equal parts Rage Against the Machine and Slipknot, Hatebreed, and the Beastie Boys, FOX LAKE (not to be confused with the mathy emo rock band of the same name) are one of the brightest  up-and-coming trailblazers in the hardcore genre today. Their brand new ripper “Dog Eat Dog” is an energetic, aggressive, and catchy showcase of their wicked craft and we’re stoked to give you its official premiere above!

Denver-based hardcore hip-hop band Fox Lake spent the past five years curating their sound and they are poised to share their latest single “Dog Eat Dog” with the world.

The music video for this track is fast-paced and dynamic, demanding your full attention. The intentionally curated visuals emulate contemporary hip-hop videos while maintaining the pure energy of hardcore. The band prides itself in melding those genres with the brilliance of pop song structure and memorable modern metalcore moments.

The song opposes the “dog eat dog” mentality that is so prevalent and urges the listener to reject the fears that can penetrate our daily lives.

Comments the band: “Dog Eat Dog is the combination of everything we want this band to be known for. It’s energetic, catchy, aggressive, thick, accessible, and incomparable. We wrote the bones of this song years ago, and it was one of the first songs that stuck out when we came back to the studio to start work on the music we’d be releasing this year.”

FOX LAKE

Photo by TylerWOTF, instagram.com/tylerwotf

“We pushed ourselves a lot on the instrumentation and even more so on the composition, and the finished product reflects so much of what this band is and so many of the tenets we want to build our future on.”

Lyrically it deals with owning the fear that controls so many people, stepping up and over it and moving past something that would stop other people in their tracks. It also touches on people’s inability to engage in any meaningful discourse and the “dog eat dog” mentality that permeates today’s political and social landscape. While the chest-beating and bravado is there, the core of the song is something very real and very critical of the fear that so many people will succumb to.” 

Idiosyncrasy can often be the lifeblood or the death knell for musicians in the digital era. Without a familiar sonic foundation to build upon, artists can feel foreign and jarring; without innovation, stale and derivative.

Since their inception in 2017, Fox Lake has spent 5 years cautiously walking the line between these two polarities, pulling inspiration from dozens of unique sources in order to create something both familiar and singular.

FOX LAKE

Photo by TylerWOTF, instagram.com/tylerwotf

Evoking the attitude and visuals of 90’s boom-bap hip hop, the aggression of beatdown hardcore, the intentional song structures of pop, and the earworm catchiness of modern metalcore, the band has found a way to be equal parts Rage Against the Machine and Slipknot, Hatebreed and the Beastie Boys. While their tone and delivery tentatively approach tongue-in-cheek, the execution is undeniably deliberate.

Following the release of their debut album Silence & Violence in October of 2020, Fox Lake have organically fostered a rabidly engaged following on social media, more than one million plays and over 25,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, over 200,000 views on YouTube, and have played multiple concerts across the country. They have collaborated with veteran artists like Gideon and Cane Hill, performed at multiple festivals, toured with domestic and international acts, and remain relentlessly primed to continue accumulating accolades for years to come.

“Dog Eat God” lyrics:

Turn it up loud in your headphones
Tear it all down to the skin and bones
You talk
They talk
Who walks?
Nah, hit me up when the bodies drop

Stitch your lips before you ever even speak
Keep your head up
Make the weak slump
Always watching coming for you at your peak
Win
Lose
Never flip on your group
And it’s not just you
All your people better have the same mentality you do too
Move on em if they hit the dirt
Nobody’s safe when it’s
Dog eat dog eat dog

Set em up
Knock em down
Gun to our head as we clap for the runaround

You show real dread
When we coming for your bread
On read when the fighting starts
He said, she said
Something fake about what they said
It’s all fronting so deuces

I’m gone

Choke down sweet lies

Have you ever ever seen a snake without teeth? Or seen a grown man cry while he’s begging at your feet?
Fear is the weapon of the public figure
They use their fingers to type they never pull the trigger

Set em up
Knock em down
Put a gun to our head as we clap for the runaround

You show real dread
When they coming for your bread
On read when the fighting starts
He said, she said
Something fake about what they said
It’s all fronting so deuces

I’m out
I’m done
I’m gone

All this talk
It’s only real when you hear that

Dog eat dog

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