Red Hot Roxy
Red Hot Roxy
That 10% that are out to save a scene, to make you feel something. Who can actually do that? You guessed it - same band. So, L.A. is a tough place for a band to get off the ground? Well, it's time to take a look up. Meet Red Hot Roxy. Like a bright neon sign, Red Hot Roxy stands out amongst the L.A.
Sunset slash industry scene, and for a change, it’s not about the facade or the "sell" (although they are kind of pretty). It’s actually about "getting people moving again!" swears Shannon Gray, the vibrant lead singer for the California group. Bored of the archetype of sad girls singing ballads over acoustic guitars, Red Hot Roxy uses its debut to rediscover rhythm as the central nervous system of a song, and put heart back into songwriting. As evidenced in the breakout ooh-la-la track "Twisted Life," she knows that if a band relies on great songs (remember those?) listeners will be able to make a lasting connection.
This is the world of Red Hot Roxy. Like a musical jigsaw puzzle, the five members have had the good fortune of coming from distinctly different musical histories to gel into one sound - funky, upbeat melodies that contrast with brash lyrics that are beautifully crafted and brutally honest all at once. Singer-songstress Shannon Gray is a California native who grew up idolizing Fleetwood Mac's strong and unique spectacle or rock’n’roll mysticism, and knew someday she'd find a band she could lead like Stevie Nicks before her. Recalling that aesthetic, Red Hot Roxy embodies the way that personalities in a band can be mirrored by the songs, stage presence, and live shows. Guitarists Oliver Brodhage and Alex Mrazek, both L.A.
transplants, proved to be musical soulmates, which is evident on the bands swirling, ecstatic guitars that adorn Gray's cocksure, sultry vocals. Two guitars are better than one, it’s true. . .
so Mrazek (a Chicagoan turned California surfer) brings a sophisticated, polished quality to the group, a style juxtaposed nicely against (German expat) Brodhage's razor sharp licks. Hailing from Pittsburgh, bassist JoAnn Fabrizio adds a rhythmic pulse to the mix, and drummer Liam Hare, from Philadelphia, completes the band’s rollercoaster signature sound. Suddenly Red Hot Roxy is bigger than life and brighter than Hollywood. The band’s upcoming breakout album is a testament to the band’s passion and enigmatic spirit. On "Rocket," Mrazek and Brodhage put guitar heads together, remaining obedient to structure without abandoning recklessness entirely.
As Shannon proclaims, "I'm never looking back again" she channels Debbie Harry on vocals but gets behind the wheel and puts the pedal to the metal, making it her own. Rock radio will have a field day with tracks like "Twisted Life" - a sonic torpedo that will have music aficionados out of their boots dancing. Without abandoning the contagious hook of a pop tune, the rhythm section feeds the brevity of dual guitars, and lyrical intensity is along for the ride, every time. RHR embraces the ethics and hard work indie ideology - playing out, rehearsing nonstop, and recording the next knockout song.
Some say writing and playing music are a musical exorcism. If that's true, Red Hot Roxy are saints of song. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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