Voxtrot, October 2006
|Origin||Austin, Texas, US|
|Labels||Cult Hero Records, Beggars Group|
|Past members||Jared Van Fleet|
Voxtrot was formed in Austin, Texas by singer/songwriter Ramesh Srivastava in the early 2000s. Early incarnations of the group included Jennifer Moore and Brandon Eastes, but by 2005 when the band's self-released debut, a five-song EP entitled Raised by Wolves, was released the lineup had been solidified to include Srivastava, Jason Chronis, Matt Simon, Mitch Calvert, and Jared van Fleet.
After the release of Raised by Wolves the band began touring nationally and received accolades from various online and print publications such as SPIN.com and Pitchfork Media. SPIN.com noted that Raised by Wolves was "...a stunning mini-collection of John Hughes-heyday paeans, twitchy pop, and surging, Strokes-y dancefloor fillers."
The band's first full length album self-titled debut album was released on May 22, 2007. The first single, "Blood Red Blood", was also released as a 7" limited to 1000 copies. In 2007 the band performed a Take-Away Show acoustic session shot by Vincent Moon.
In March 2009 Voxtrot released the single "Trepanation Party", which received significant airplay on the Sirius/XM's influential Sirius XMU channel. The track was recorded and mixed with Jim Eno of the band Spoon. The sound of "Trepanation Party" is a significant departure from their indie sound, towards a more synth-pop feel.
Voxtrot released a limited edition 7" single "Berlin, Without Return..." on August 3, 2009. The single contained the song "The Dream Lives of Ordinary People" as a B-side and was initially released in a limited pressing of 400 copies. The single was self-released by the band's own Cult Hero Records.
- Raised by Wolves (EP) (2005) Cult Hero Records
- Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP (2006) Cult Hero Records
- Your Biggest Fan EP & 7" (2006) Beggars Group/Playlouderecordings (#4 on Billboard Hot Singles Sales)
- The Start of Something 7" b/w "Dirty Version" (2004) Cult Hero Records / The Bus Stop Label
- Raised by Wolves 7" b/w "They Never Mean What They Say" (2005) Magic Marker Records
- Trepanation Party digital single (2009) Cult Hero Records
- Berlin, Without Return... 7" b/w "The Dream Lives Of Ordinary People" (2009) Cult Hero Records
- Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives 7" b/w "Rise Up in the Dirt" (2006) Full Time Hobby Records
- Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP & 2x7" (2006) Re-Issue / Beggars Group/Playlouderecordings
- Trouble 7" (limited to 1000 copies) and digital single, from the Your Biggest Fan EP (2007) Beggars Group/Playlouderecordings
- Blood Red Blood 7" (limited to 1000 copies) and digital single, from Voxtrot (2007) Beggars Group/Playlouderecordings
- Firecracker 7" (limited to 1000 copies), CD and digital single, from Voxtrot (2007) No. 19 UK Indie Beggars Group/Playlouderecordings
- "The Start of Something" featured on Bang Crash Boom, Little Teddy Recordings, 2005 (Germany)
- "Warmest Part of the Winter" featured on Little Darla Has a Treat for You, vol. 24 · Darla Records, 2006 (US)
- "The Start Of Something" featured on The Kids at the Club, How Does It Feel To Be Loved, 2006 (UK)
- "The Start of Something" featured on the feature film The Ex 2007 (US)
- "Whiskey & Water" featured on P.E.A.C.E., Buffet Libre/Amnesty International, 2010 (Spain)
Notes and References
- Ramesh Srivastava. "VOXTROT". Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- "Voxtrot: Artist of the Day". Spin magazine. Retrieved September 27, 2006.
- "New Voxtrot – "Trepanation Party"". Stereogum. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
- "Voxtrot: Berlin, Without Return...". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
- "Voxtrot Shop". Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- Tom Breihan. "Voxtrot Call It Quits". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- Official site
- Reaching For The Lasers documentary/Voxtrot LP micro-site
- Music That's Not a MySpace Blog, Nirali Magazine, October 2006
- set of live videos at scheduletwo.com
- Review and sample of their music
- June 2007 Interview on Brightest Young Things
- Soundcrank Podcast Hosted by Voxtrot
- AOL Spinner live video session, 2007
- P.E.A.C.E. compilation
- "The Crash of Crush: Austin's Voxtrot Makes Mopery Magical" by John Hood - Miami New Times Feature June 21, 2007