Slicing into “Hatteras Surf Buzz”, Box of Moxie has again released a rather elegantly appointed vibe in exploring the life and mind of an east coast surfer. Concentration, physical skills, confidence, the cool buzz a surfer may be riding day in and day out- Sean Penn’s character in “Fast times at Ridgemont High” may come to mind. But on Carolina’s outer banks, and more specifically in Buxton at the Hatteras Lighthouse, you’ll still find daring and cocky locals- dudes that’ll give you the stink eye if they think you’re stealing their wave. Lyricist Stephen Jacques is a former surfer, and he survived those frugal hot summer days of his youth, fueling himself on power-tuna and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. You may even feel the nature of and image of Neil Young in the vocals projected here, Neil as a surfer is easy to picture. Beach bon fires, young beach babes, a little whiskey, an old van, and a local beer joint to retire to at day’s end, all on a scorching sunny day; All of this will bring you inside the tube and take you on your way.
Box of Moxie’s body of work is a collaboration between Virginia band founder and Frontman Stephen Jacques & Nationally recognized Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer & Recording Engineer Alan Weatherhead (The Cardigans, Cracker, Magnolia Electric Co., Camper Van Beethoven, Hotel Lights, Sparklehorse). Alan is an exceptional, prolific & insightful musician with an extensive list of credits in the Music industry. Stephen (vocals, guitar, lyrics) began writing the 1st of over 60 songs & ballads following the crash of the 2009 American Real Estate market. A silver lining of sorts as Moxie was launched out of the starting blocks.
Box of Moxie has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, Folksy Rock, Avant-garde. But mostly, there’s a lifetime of working in the real world that has essentially delivered the goods in terms of the lyrics by Stephen. He spent over 25 years working before the first lyrics were ever penned – as an engineer, custom builder, TV show host, and actor- strumming his Acoustic along the way.