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The Fox & The Hounds / Press

"However you feel about the musical out-put, it is not possible to be other than appreciative of the – bravado, dexterity and abilities displayed by the talent within The Fox & Hounds. So it is with some confidence that I recommend setting aside your musical foibles and raise with me a glass to the sextet for doing what they do and adding much to the world of music."

"You just know by the line-up and instruments this is no usual proffering and it was with some interest I hit play and even more delightfully The Fox & The Hounds is not some random collection of players, but a well honed out-fit. The compositions, which have a theatrical feel aurally, are cleverly composed, indicating within this collection there are some highly inventive minds and equally as importantly they deliver complexities with ease, which enables the listener to sit engrossed in the out-put."

"The Fox & The Hounds! Blasting out of the Chicago scene with a unique vibe and style separating the sea of stagnant monotony with a mingling mix of alternative rock and pop/jazz."

"The Fox & The Hounds are a rock band that combines influences such as women-led rock acts like Heart and Garbage, jazz, and chamber pop with the risqué visuals of burlesque to create a unique musical experience...I suggest listening to The Fox & The Hounds. You might discover a new band that you’ll love...Some the most original music I have heard in quite some time. I hear hundreds of releases every year and its difficult to stand out. This band stands out with a unique blend of genres and fine musicianship."

"Why we love it: Lester’s powerful voice soars above the jazzy atmosphere created by horns and saxes in her band, and it is evident that she controls and commands her sound with an effortless confidence."

"Sex-fueled and high energy, Lester and her band create a massive wall of burlesque goodness."

“Kendel Lester – the vocalist – has a nice fluid way of signing that seduces you and makes you wanting more. All their songs have this easiness to them. Nothing seems forced or done for the sake of adding an element.”

"The Fox & The Hounds have a great, unique sound that never fails to surprise. They have a great blend of styles and an incredible stage presence. These people know how to put on a show!"

Luke Heiden, playwright Filament Theatre Ensemble

"Kendel Lester is a diva we can all reminisce about one day..."

SteadStyle Chicago

“‎"As is typical of the F&H, no note will go un-grooved, no jaw left un-dropped, no ass will be left un-kicked! This is a show that, if missed, will be regretted until your final breath!"”

Scott Williams, Assisant Director of Navy Band

"Ripping away her hat to reveal long flowing blonde hair, The Fox & The Hounds lead singer, Kendel Lester, wastes no time letting you know she’s on stage and ready to work at least two, if not more, of your five senses. Gazing upon the skin-tight, tattered, burlesque-inspired dress it’s no wonder the subject matter in the songs to follow consists mainly of temptation and mystery, but definitely not regret. I have never been suffocated with passion quite like this."

Brendan Shanley - Lost In Concert

"There were points a song would be rocking and rolling along, but the slower, more complex breaks are where they truly succeed in creating a sound they can own"

Brendan Shanley - Lost In Concert

"their sultry rock riffs coupled with soft opera symphonic breaks provide an ambiance to reveal three things they love: booze, sex and rock."

Brenday Shanley - Lost In Concert

"With a unique sound inspired by such artists as Kurt Vile, the band is a modern take on older themes...Her songwriting is reminiscent of show tunes, given her musical show background, but with a more rock and roll edge..."