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Fullerton, CA
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Portrait of The Anix
Drawing influences from The Police, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Queen and Rush, the Anix mingles elements of grungy electronics and hard hitting alternative rock to blur the edges of musical boundaries as we are accustomed to them. The three piece, consisting of singer/guitar player Brandon Smith, drummer Logan Smith, and keyboardist Greg Nabours will release their latest, Demolition City, on June 17, 2008, boasting songs like "Bullets Without a Gun," a razor sharp, bass-infused track about the familiar issues of relationships, and "Half the World Away," a manifestation of the album title based in a city where people often so easily stray from their dreams to a much darker path. In an era where the rock genre has become tired and generic, The Anix is a welcome blast of adrenaline, both gritty and ethereal, modern and reminiscent, disturbed and serene.

"Another solid cut is "Half the World Away," as Smith's vocals during the verse recall the hushed whisperings of Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars). Also following that band's formula, the chorus explodes into an emotionally-strung howler that jumps out at you due to the sheer contrast between brooding, quiet verses and a wailing guitar-heavy chorus." -Absolute Punk, July 2008

"Demolition City," is an addictive record uniting next-gen new wavers and emo devotees. The effervescent keys of "This Game" lightly bubble and fizz before tipping their hat to "People Are People"-era Depeche Mode, then culminate in an after-midnight zenith at the chorus. The Anix's advantage of 20 years hindsight and improved technology also protect it from the clunky synth productions that now heavily date the trio's heroes. Don't be surprised if you hear this band played alongside 30 Seconds to Mars on late-night top 40." -Billboard Magazine, May 2008

"The Anix sound like the Ministry that made With Sympathy - and that's not the dis that some fans of Uncle Al & Co. may assume. Yes, the songs are more synth-pop then industrial, with Brandon Smith's tuneful vocals mixed loud and clean over the electronic roar and guitar crunch. But unlike Ministry on their first album, these guys put some real bite into the music here, particularly on "Bullets Without a Gun" and "The Ghost of Me and You" - enough bite, in fact, to annex any fan of Shiny Toy Guns as their own." -Revolver Magazine, July 2008