Box Codax

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Box Codax
Box Codax on tour in Spain in 2007
Background information
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Experimental
Years active 2003–present
Labels Gomma
Members Nick McCarthy
Manuela Gernedel
Alex Ragnew

Box Codax are a band from Glasgow, Scotland. It is made up of Nick McCarthy of the alternative rock band Franz Ferdinand, Manuela Gernedel, and Alexander Ragnew. [1]

The band's first album, Only An Orchard Away (2006), has been described as a collection of songs, often romantic and whimsical nostalgia, at other times scrappy and punky. It is an honest and genuine collection of witty pidgin English lyricism, dark humour and the award-winning song writing of a pop genius presented out of context in these lo-fi recordings.[2]

In their second studio album, Hellabuster, which was released on 10 May 2011, the band recounts the peculiar and young life of Hellabuster in 13 episodes, with each song being accompanied by its own video. The music on Hellabuster moves between skweded disco, post punk and glam prog,[3] and includes contributions and performances of Joseph Mount (Metronomy), Pabs Debussy, Karsten Hochapfel and many more.[4] The videos for the songs, which were directed by UK artists (including the Turner Prize laureate Martin Creed), contributed to the eccentric album's critical acclaim. All videos episodes of Hellabuster are freely available on .

Box Codax songs have been remixed by Metronomy, Naum Gabo aka Optimo, Rodion, Mock & Toof, Telonius, Den Haan and The KDMS.



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Boys & Girls (2005)
  • Naked Smile (September 2006)
  • Missed Her Kiss / Rat Boy Remixes (April 2007)
  • Hellabuster / Choco Pudding (March 2011)
  • Seven Silvers Remixes (June 2011)
  • Where You Go / Dawning (October 2011, split-single with Martin Creed)


  1. ^ Pike, Karl (4 April 2010). "Box Codax: Only An Orchard Away". Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Album Review: Box Codax - 'Only an Orchard Away' (Thin Man)". 4 April 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  3. ^ MacKay, Emily (11 May 2011). "Album Review: Box Codax – 'Hellabuster'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "New Box Codax Album out early 2011!". 20 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Costa, Maddy (1 December 2006). "Box Codax, Only an Orchard Away". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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