Artist Interview: ALiX (playing Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Shellac)

Tuesday 7th August, 2012


Name Of Band: ALIX

Hometown: Bologna (Italy)

Year Formed: 1997

Bio: If you love psychedelia and rock'n'roll, but above all if you want to listen to a stupendous female voice (a mixture of Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, P.J. Harvey, Chrissie Hynde, and a female version of Robert Plant) then ALiX is your band. Imagine a dinner party with 2/4 of the first edition of Fu Manchu, John Garcia in his historical guise of Unida and the odd waiter here and there provided by Spirit Caravan and Masters of Reality. Four albums to date: Alix (1997), Cuore in Bocca (1999), Nessun Brivido (2001), Ground (2004), which have made them famous in the stoner circuits of half of Europe. In 2000 the band shared the stage of the Heineken Jammin' Festival in Imola with Muse, Guano Apes, Primal Scream and Rage Against the Machine, as winners of the first edition of RockrEvolution. In 2003, the European tour with the Norwegian band Pawnshop and the Swedish band Dozer earned ALiX the title of "Italian Psychedelic Groove Rock Band". The year 2004 saw them on tour again in Europe, this time with the American band The Hidden Hand, the new band of Scott "Wino" Weinrich (famous also for his participation in Dave Grohl's Probot project). An exceptional review of the album Ground came from the English magazine Kerrang! which awarded the band with a (KKKK). In 2005/2006 the group performed live in various tours both in Italy and abroad. The latest album Good One was mixed by Steve Albini, recorded at Red House Recordings in Senigallia.

Do your best to describe the sound of your band in one sentence: 

Heavy Rockin' and Blues Revue!

What are the most recent activities of your band?

Gigs and writing new songs.

How excited are you to play this event?

That's the best thing could have happened to us... We are really excited to play this festival, surely the coolest in Europe.

Do you have a connection with Shellac / an idea why you were chosen to play?

In 2009 Steve Albini recorded our last album "Good One", then he invited us to play with Shellac at Paradiso (Amsterdam) and at Vera (Groningen).

Which of your releases do you feel ATP attendees should check out first?

"Good One"

Is there one of your tracks you think specifically represents you best?

"Without You", "Solid As A Stone", "The Sweet-Smelling Road" - check out youtube.com/ALIXvideo

Are there any other currently confirmed bands you're excited about seeing?

We like all the bands.

If you could pick one record released in the last year to recommend to ATP attendees which would you choose?

"Naked Songs" by Alice Tambourine Lover (Facebook)

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ALiX play ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Shellac this December, on sale now.

You can download a free studio track and two free live tracks from ALiX via our Soundcloud.