The incredibly talented new band Pixel Fix make beautiful shimmering tunes which have Louder Than War’s Katie Clare bewitched.
As the darkness of last year’s cold winter was beginning to creep out under doors and seep through the gaps and cracks, so did the fluid contemplative earnestness of Rome, the first offering I’d heard from an Oxford four piece called Pixel Fix. It’s a smooth track with graceful movements, one which I feel would appeal to the introverted. However the composition and vocal arrangement are far from fragile. On the contrary in fact, they are empowered, strong & full of determination. The melody, lyrics and even the pauses feels like the emotional dials are being turned back and forth between rage, passion and elation. Rome is youthful but displays no angst, it’s sensual but neither lascivious nor mawkish and it’s optimistic but not aggravating. It’s a single that demands you sit up take notice, an impressive feat considering it’s their first release!
There is little information available about the band meaning that to a certain extent they’re enveloped in a cloak of mystery. Most shots of the band are ethereal affairs, clear of definition, and while it would be pretentious to say that they are the perfect visual metaphor for their output it is undeniable fact. The current Pixel Fix line up, having recently celebrated their first birthday, stand four strong: singer and guitarist Marcus, Clem the lead guitarist, drummer Rob and Jarred the bassist & all the members of the band are just about to the leave their teenage years behind.
It’s hard to believe that such a dazzling track as Rome would be followed by another equally as dazzling & yet, in January 2013, they followed it up with the atmospheric, reverb laden track Rosa, which delivered on the promise of the first track and enchanted us & our emotions. This second offering opens up & shimmers & glides, moving across your audio senses, shifting and twisting as it picks up momentum. The gripping chorus leads with an anthem fuelled pounding and is full of spiralling tremolos & then, like a spent storm it returns to the gentler luminousness of the opening bars & verses.
Both these tracks have been enough to garner for Pixel Fix a larger audience and also to raise the interest of both radio and media. It’s a rapid pace they’ve set and relinquishing it now does not seem the plan as they’re releasing their first EP on April 15th. It’s a five track eponymous release & it’s rich in indie electronica, glazed rock guitars and melodious rhythm. The beckoning lightness of Rosa is followed by Lake which frolics with a lively guitar and near riot of colourful drum beats. Ember plays with a fun trance like beat, it’s contagious & it is made up of a layered vocals along with guitars and synth, (the bands first use of the synth which demonstrates the bands musical dexterity). My own beautiful introduction to Pixel Fix – Rome – closes out the EP and I can’t help but wish they’d throw caution to the wind and turned this de EP into an, one full of more tracks showcasing the bands youthful renewed take on atmospheric indie-rock-tronica.
I understand when people ask ‘so who are they like – who would you compare them too?’ Well, the Pixel Fix catalogue to date does remind me of a certain debut released in 1987 (at the time once reviewed as little more than “dandelion fluff”) and at certain points I’m led to recall some of today’s indie guitar bands. And yet I feel it would be a disservice to say they are like anyone else as their range, mix of talents & uniqueness set them apart from all others.
The bands debut EP was released on Owlbear Records on April 15th 2013.
Pixel Fix also have UK live dates in May:
May 4th :Lennons – Southampton on the
May 7th: The Sesh – Hull,
May 11th: Cockpit – Leeds and
May 13th: Kasbah – Coventry.
All words by Katie Clare. You can read more from Katie on LTW here.