2. Swimmhaus Johannesburg
Fixers are a unique, thrilling psychedelic five-piece in love with Japanese pop, Middle Eastern music and the dance grooves of late 70s New York. New single "Swimmhaus Johnnesburg" shines a light on these influences, with classic piano house lines, startling guitar bursts, echo-drenched vocals and a thrilling 4/4 beat; it's pop music in its most bold and forward-thinking sense. Mixed by Alan Moulder, it's destined to cement Fixers as the most exciting new band in the UK.
Such is their array of influences, Fixers sound never stands still. It’s a combination of sonic adventure and their worldview. Influences include Dead Can Dance and Arthur Russell, Tom Tom Club and Brian Wilson. Fixers provide the perfect distillation of modern day pop. Pop at its core is a fusion of influences, to create something modern and fresh, and that is exactly what this visionary Oxford-based band embodies.
Fixers last release, the EP 'Here Comes 2001, So Lets All Head For The Sun’, showcased four tracks that demonstrated the breadth of Fixes musical diversity. It followed their debut ‘Iron Deer Dream’, released at the end of 2010 on Young & Lost and saw them praised in NME, The Guardian, Uncut, Clash, Q, The Fly and more, as well as being played across Radio 1 and 6Music.
"We keep harping on about this because these days bands' reputations and followings are made on what they can achieve onstage. So ignore the in-concert bludgeon (and lack of a coherent "sexy" image) and focus on the dexterous songcraft because Fixers are potentially huge homegrown purveyors of the new US psych-pop."