Voxtrot

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Voxtrot
Origin Austin, Texas, US
Genres Indie pop
Indie rock
Years active 2003–2010[1]
Labels Cult Hero Records, Beggars Group
Website www.voxtrot.net
Members Ramesh Srivastava
Jason Chronis
Matt Simon
Mitch Calvert
Jared Van Fleet

Voxtrot was an indie pop band from Austin, Texas, USA. Their first recordings were released in 2003 and their final shows were in June 2010.[2]

Biography[edit]

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."[3]

A second five-song EP, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives, arrived in stores on April 4, 2006. The three-song EP Your Biggest Fan followed on November 7 of the same year.

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.[1]

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.[4] The sound of "Trepanation Party" is a significant departure from their indie sound, towards a more synth-pop feel.[4]

Voxtrot released a limited edition 7" single "Berlin, Without Return..." on August 3, 2009.[5] 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.[6] The single was self-released by the band's own Cult Hero Records.

On April 21, 2010, lead singer Ramesh Srivastava announced on the band's website that they would be breaking up following a short tour.[1][7]

As of January 2011, former lead singer, Ramesh Srivastava, has released his first solo EP album, Ramesh's EP 1. Singles from the track can be found on his website [2].

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Ramesh Srivastava

US singles[edit]

  • 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

UK/Europe singles[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • "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)

Videos[edit]

Notes and References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ramesh Srivastava. "VOXTROT". Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ http://stereogum.com/349551/voxtrot-break-up/mp3s/
  3. ^ "Voxtrot: Artist of the Day". Spin magazine. Retrieved September 27, 2006. 
  4. ^ a b "New Voxtrot – "Trepanation Party"". Stereogum. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Voxtrot: Berlin, Without Return...". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Voxtrot Shop". Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ Tom Breihan. "Voxtrot Call It Quits". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 

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