Ferocious four-piece The Nyx are about to explode into 2017 with the release of their debut self-titled EP, out on 21st April 2017 via Rumours Music. These empowering women are making music with a purpose and they’re doing it with huge servings of attitude, emotion and raw authenticity.
The EP kicks off with the band’s upcoming single Hideaway, immediately introducing you to electrifying riffs and front woman Simone Picknett’s undeniably unique vocal blending effortlessly with the girls’ solid harmonies throughout. Simone explains “Hideaway is about the struggle of the push and pull of an over thinking mind. What’s real and what’s not”. The next two tracks on the EP, Fire Breathing Lady and Myself, were written in the early years of the band’s formation. The first of which, an angsty track delivering a strong yet fun message, shows a grittier side to the band. Its brimming with quirky guitar licks and front woman Becky Wixon’s fierce vocal delivery is paired with almost glam rock style harmonies from the rest of band. Final tracks Myself and ‘Home’ build slowly, showing the band’s musical versatility whilst still evoking the same uncontrollable energy and intent that carries throughout the entire EP.
The band originally formed in High Wycombe, which included Becky and Simone (vocals and guitar) and Ruby Rose Lee (bass). Having already received praise from the likes of Q Magazine, Absolute Radio and having previously supported well-established acts such as The Subways, the girls decided they wanted to move in a different direction and thus The Nyx was born. Adding Collette Williams on drums, the grunge-rock outfit was complete and these fiery females are now ready to redefine what it means to be a girl in a band. This release amplifies the energy of this flaring female-piece who have something to say and stand for. The Nyx is out on 21st April 2017 via Rumours Music.
Meet – The Nyx
For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
Ruby and I met in a field somewhere as teenagers and I met Simone when there was a thriving little music scene in High Wycombe around 2009 (where we all grew up). A few years later I had an urge to start up an all-female band to counteract the almost completely male dominated scene. Simone, being one of the only female musicians around jumped at the opportunity when I described my idea. Ruby sort of fell into it… with next to no musical knowledge I taught her how to play bass in 72 hours and that was it. We’ve been making music together for about 4 years now, and in that time changed our name, our sound, changed drummers – it’s sort of been an evolution to where The Nyx is now. But the purpose has stayed consistent – to put it simply – girl power.
Who would you list as your musical influences?
Janis Joplin, Warpaint, Jah9, Bikini Kill, Hole, Jeff Buckley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Foo Fighters, Drenge
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
We played a show at the houses of parliament once and got a noise complaint from the house of lords. ROCK N ROLL
what are your hope and dreams for the next few years
Dreamin’ big. There’s a lot of political uncertainty at the moment. Women, young people, LGBT people – are all a bit lost and worried. In times like this, truth and direction comes from artists. We don’t just make music, we stand for something, and we hope that the message in our music will strike a chord with these people we hope to represent (excuse the pun). So in the next few years…….save the world??
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Some modern masterpieces: Drenge – Undertow, Hiyatus KaIyote – Choose your weapon, The Internet – Ego Death, Tame Impala – Currents, Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser, Jah9 – 9, Warpaint – Warpaint, Bring me the horizon – That’s the spirit
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
I’ve always thought that social media is incredibly powerful but it only works if you really have something to say. It can become a chore if you make it one, so say something meaningful.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
I think its important to listen to comments – both positive and negative – but not to let it mould your creative control. We listen to get a good idea of how people visualise us compared to how we do – especially the non-musical stuff – a negative comment could become positive if it aids our branding for example.People are completely valid to their opinions on our music, and we’re fully aware that not everyone will like us – that’s not what we’re going for with this band. We’re sort of the underdogs anyway, I suppose. Rock music is drying up. Women don’t tend to do what we do. We throw tampons around and stuff. It’s a bit controversial so criticism is expected – but I think starting any conversation is a good thing.
If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
I’ve always imagined us touring the states in the exact bus from Almost Famous driving into the sunset…. Or recreating The Runaway’s Japanese touring experience….But anywhere? Maybe something different. On the top of mountains! We’d just play gigs on the top of many beautiful mountains and call it the ‘mountain tour’, and it’s free to attend but people have to climb the mountain first to get to us, and the show is their reward. Then we all go down a giant waterslide to the bottom.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Music is whatever you make it, and that’s the beauty. It’s subjective. That’s how I want people to approach our music. Yeah, we have a strong message, and there’s more than just the music with us. But if you just want to listen to our music in your bedroom spinning your arms around and headbanging for absolutely no reason, then that’s fucking dandy too.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
WE’RE IN THIS FEMALE-FRONTED REVOLUTION TOGETHER.