J-14 is scouting out the hottest bands around... and this week's pick is Pixikill!
Here are five things you need to know about Pixikill whose EP The Luring is out on June 21!
Pixikill was formed by sisters Jewel and Blaire Restaneo, two small town girls with big dreams from Pennsylvania. When they weren't singing their hearts out to Spice Girl CDs, they were recording their own albums, selling them, and donating the funds to children's hospitals. Though their music career is just starting to take off, these girls are no strangers to the stage. They both toured the country in the national touring company of Annie before they moved to NYC when they landed roles on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun and A Christmas Carol.
The band was officially formed in May of last year after the sisters moved out to L.A. with other members Chris Norwood (guitar and synth), Mike Kimchi (drums and percussion), and Victor Trevino (bass and synth). "We were comfortable with the guys we were working with," Blaire tells J-14. "We really found where we wanted to go with our sound, started directing and producing music videos, and found somewhat of a more theatrical approach to live shows." And Jewel adds, â€¨"It was all about discovering who we wanted to be."
They found inspiration for their band name from fantasy folklore. "We were always sort of fascinated by fictional creatures and we found it interesting that people have this misconception that pixies are like fairies, but in actual folklore, pixies are evil creatures," Jewel says.
Pixikill's music is a lot more than your typical one-dimensional pop songs. "We call it electro pop grunge - angsty lyrics, a good blend of addictive synths with electric and acoustic guitars, driving beats, huge drums," Jewel tells J-14. "It's fun, yet it has its dark elements."
Included on their album The Luring is their explosive single "Chameleon," that talks about struggling to fit it. "It's about conformity." Jewel says. "It's sort of a sarcastic kiss off to someone who just kind of adapts to whoever they're surrounded by."
Check out their rocking debut single "Chameleon" and let us know what you think!
Photo: Courtesy of Jory Cordy