Contrary to their name, Quix*O*Tic’s sound is about as far from romantic as one can get. Mira Billotte’s funereal beats mix with Christina Billotte’s reverb laden anti-surf guitar, while the bass of Mick Barr marches along with militaristic precision. Dig deeper though and you find Christina’s vocals wafting in on a syrupy breeze.
The Washington, D.C. trio released Night For Day (Ixor Stix, 2000) and Mortal Mirror (Kill Rock Stars, 2002), achieving on the latter an odd hybrid of Nico’s ghostly singing and Sleater-Kinney’s rabid roots-rock (To This World I Must Give In).

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