West London four-piece BLOXX sound like they should be the love child of Wolf Alice and Sundara Karma. The result is bloody brilliant.
BLOXX is made up of Ophelia, Taz, Mozwin and Paul. Admittedly, Paul has the least impressive name… But he does know how to slap the bass. They formed the band while studying for a BTEC in musical performance, and Paul later joined after meeting Ophelia (or Fee) at work. As boring as it sounds, they’ve had their fair share of fun.
Between relentlessly gigging and working part-time at their local ‘Spoons, they’ve been busy releasing should-be festival anthems Coke and Curtains. Oh, and getting signed to a record label. No big deal.
Earlier this year, they were given a support slot for a 10-year anniversary show at O2 Academy Brixton with management buddies The Wombats. They played their first shows outside of London supporting The Night Café earlier this year, and have recently finished a run of shows supporting Sundara Karma.
Catching up with them mid-tour, they spoke about not-so-fun toilet experiences at budget hotels and how touring together as a band has been for them.
“We didn’t start a band to ever achieve anything, we just enjoyed being in a band. So, getting to experience all of this together is just insane!” says guitarist Taz.
But frontwoman Ophelia Booth says they haven’t been handed the success of BLOXX, and instead shows her appreciation for digital distribution. “We owe a lot to the Internet. It’s been the basis of success for us so far. Spotify has really helped with expanding our fan base, and has shot our plays through the roof,” she said.
It comes as no surprise that they’ve racked up nearly 2 million streams on just four tracks, along with one of their most popular tracks, Ur Boyfriend getting to number 31 on Spotify’s UK Viral 50 chart.
BLOXX is made up of ambient vibes and grungy undertones, and they share a similar image.
Booth explains, “It’s insane having toured with The Wombats and Sundara Karma, but we don’t really just want to be associated with just one genre.
“We don’t want people to think “oh, they’re just another indie band” because we’re on the same label as indie bands. It’s important for us to keep our own aesthetic and stay true to what we want to do.”
As humble as they are, big things are heading their way. “We’re working on some exciting things,” she said.
“Hopefully not too far in the future there’ll be a headline tour, and maybe an album.”
BLOXX are currently on tour with Inheaven and play The Joiners on October 19.
For fans of: Sundara Karma, Wolf Alice, The 1975, Peace