Addax is an anomaly on the Miami music scene. For starters, the band's style of rock has very little '80s or synth-pop influence. It's more inspired by late-'90s rock, but still Addax doesn't just sound like a female-fronted Incubus. Sure, the major elements are arpeggios, unique time signatures, and poetic lyrics. But their songwriting, catchy melodies, and virtuosity keeps them from sounding like a Hoobastank tribute band at Wet Willies.
This Friday, the band will hit Churchill's for its record release party. To prep, Crossfade caught up with lead vocalist Laura Barry to dig through her record collection. See the cut for her selections from Mute Math to Wesley Willis to Gwar.
Without this record there would be no Addax:
Laura Barry: "Incubus's Science. Although we come from a wide range of musical backgrounds, we share a common love of Incubus, especially the Science album. I think they have greatly influenced our sound. I know Brandon Boyd has greatly influenced my melodies."
Everyone thinks you're crazy for liking this record:
"If you haven't heard him, you should at least preview his genius on iTunes. Rock 'N' Roll Will Never Die by Wesley Willis. It's an homage to some of my favorite artists by one of my favorite artists. R.I.P."
Best record to stop feeling sad:
"Mute Math! Any album by them. But especially their self-titled album. At the moment, they are my favorite band. The melodies, their musicianship, their passion -- they're amazing performers. Every time I see them live, I am reminded why music is such a big part of my life."
Best record to continue feeling sad:
"'Brothers On a Hotel Bed' by Death Cab For Cutie. It's definitely my favorite song on the Plans album. I think Ben Gibbard is a great lyricist."
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I have this record, but I hate it:
"Saddam A Go-Go by Gwar. Need I say more? Although this song was the backing soundtrack for one of the best scenes in Empire Records."
Addax with Jacobs Ladder, Acid City Line, All My Honor, and Falsetta. Friday, October 1. Churchill's, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10 at the door. 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com.