Since forming in 2012, Aztec Doll have released two outstanding EP’s through Of National Importance Records, both recalling luminaries such as Siouxsie Sioux, Polly Harvey and Cocteau Twins; and if you have been lucky enough to see the band live, then you’ll already know that the band have graced us with a bombastic rhythm section and in Roxy Mitchel, one of the best frontpeople of any band in the region.
Following a relatively quiet late 2014, the band are back with their first gig of the year; a special event of music in aid of Breast Cancer Care. I caught up with Roxy to find out a little bit more about her musical influences, as she selected ten of her favourite albums.
NINE INCH NAILS – THE FRAGILE
“In my top ten cos it has all the right ingredients, from glorious incidental moments to tension building explosions, its the whole package.”
RADIOHEAD – HAIL TO THE THIEF
“No words, just listen to it! Ha!”
PJ HARVEY – RID OF ME
“All of her reinventions have been inspirational, but this is my fave PJ, at her rawest with plenty of angst.”
PIXIES – SURFER ROSA
“Never a dull moment, never have to skip a track.”
O. CHILDREN – O. CHILDREN
“Thought I’d better put a new ‘un in. Love these cos they’re not mimicking the new bands of the moment and are a wonderful example of modern goth; dark, interesting and exciting.”
AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD – MADONNA
“I can’t compare this band or album to any other. They’re completely unique in their extremes.”
MASSIVE ATTACK – HELIGOLAND
“Easy listening… in a good way.”
ELLIOTT SMITH – ELLIOTT SMITH
“In my opinion, acoustic at its best. Bitter sweet lyrics with wonderful melodies.”
INTERPOL – TURN ON THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
“Hooked in from the first listen. It’s dark and brooding; reminiscent of the post punk era and an absolute gem.”
THE CURE – PORNOGRAPHY
“Pure misery at its best.”
Aztec Doll play Barnsley Rock & Blues Venues on Saturday 7th March, on a bill which also included Hands Of Gretel, Laura Kelly and Harriet Rose Grant. Visit www.facebook.com/events/733604866710394 for more information.