Austin, Texas, Electro Pop trio Sphynx makes magnetic, jubilant noise — ’80s-tinted but also rooted in contemporary sounds like EDM and Indie Pop. Like a mix of Chromeo and MGMT at their grooviest, Sphynx’s music is a call to the cool kids to put down their phones and get on the dance floor. And the heartfelt and non-mechanical vibe makes it infectious and accessible enough to actually work. There are also Pop hooks galore among the irresistible beats, layers of synths and pointed guitar riffs, delivered by versatile and dynamic vocals that shimmy between low New Romantic crooning and a slinky Disco-friendly falsetto.
Sphynx was formed in 2009 by childhood friends Cory Dennis (vocals/keys), Aaron Miller (vocals/guitars) and Todd Harris (drums/bass). The band’s enthralling live show made them a popular draw in Austin, and the trio drew wider attention with its first recording, the seven-track Human Beast, particularly in Japan, where it was picked up by Thistime Records. Another EP, 2012’s Pre Wild, increased Sphynx’s domestic profile and allowed them to tour the states extensively (including stops at Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival and Bunbury Music Festival).
Last year, after releasing the addicting single “Hunger,” the group continued its road assault before hitting an Austin studio toward the end of the year with Richard Corsello, a veteran engineer/producer who has worked with a wide range of artists, including Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner, The Greg Kihn Band and Jazz legend Sonny Rollins, with whom he won a Grammy in 2006. Sphynx is promising to unleash the results of the sessions later this year on an album titled Golden Garden, so expect to hear some of the newer material during the band’s high-energy performance Friday night.
SPHYNX plays Woodward Theater Friday with Multimagic. Tickets/more info here .